Singing Day Returns To Jesus College

On 21 June, fifty children aged between six and eleven, joined by volunteers from Jesus College Choir and the Choir of Little St Mary's Church, came to Jesus College to take part in a singing day led by Hilary Jones. After a few warm ups, work began on the afternoon's concert. Pieces varied from simple tunes, such as 'The Banjo Song', to songs in several parts – particular favourites being 'The Scoobeedoo Song', and 'The Human Drum Kit'. As well as the pieces worked on in the afternoon, the choristers of Jesus College, conducted by Mark Williams, and the Choir of Little St Mary's, conducted by Simon Jackson, both sang a few pieces from their regular repertoire. The concert finished with another favourite, the jazzy number 'Feeling Good'. We would like to thank all those involved in the Singing Day, but special thanks go to Hilary for making the day such a fun and inspiring experience for everyone.

Posted on 26 June 2014

Choristers return from appearance in major choral festival in Switzerland

At the end of May 2014, the Choristers of Jesus College appeared as representatives of England alongside 19 other choirs from across Europe (and one from America) in the Europäisches Jugendchor Festival in Basel, Switzerland. They performed at a number of concerts and services and took part in workshops and radio broadcasts. To read more about the trip please click here.

Posted on 15 June 2014

Jesus Choristers depart on tour to Switzerland

This week our choristers departed for Switzerland to take part in the Europäisches Jugendchor Festival in Basel, where they will perform a series of concerts in the Stadtkirche, the Theodorskirche, the Münster, the Peterskirche and the Clarakirche. The programmes will include sacred and secular music for treble voices from the sixteenth century to the present day. A new anthem, Come unto me, by the American composer Daniel J. Knaggs has been specially commissioned for the tour. For more details please click here.

Posted on 27 May 2014

Latest Choir Newsletter published

The Easter edition of 'From the Cloisters', a bi-annual newsletter which features all the Choir's latest news and forthcoming projects, has just been published. You can read it here.

Posted on 10 May 2014

The College Choir return from a wonderful tour of Ireland

Following the end of Lent Term 2014, the College Choir travelled to Ireland for a seven-day tour of Belfast, Dublin and Limerick. In what proved to be a busy week, the Choir performed several concerts in St Patrick’s Church Belfast, Trinity College and the Writer’s Club Dublin and in St John’s Cathedral and the Irish Academy of World Music and Dance Limerick. In addition, the Choir sang in St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast, in St George’s Church Belfast and took part in workshops with school pupils at Methodist College Belfast and Glenstal Abbey School. The social media team were overwhelmed with positive responses throughout the tour with the ensemble being hailed as 'sublime' and having a 'fantastic sound' and the Choir enjoyed standing ovations and a warm reception from capacity audiences.

Despite the busy schedule, there was still time to take in the sights of each of the three cities we visited. We enjoyed a fascinating tour of Belfast as well as being fortunate enough to visit the Giant's Causeway, a fantastic coastal site home to equally fantastic legends. There are many memories of a wonderful week, including a lunch accompanied by traditional Irish music in Belfast, an evening discovering the joys of Temple Bar in Dublin and our stay in the beautiful monastery at Glenstal, where we were treated to the legendary hospitality of the Benedictine community. Participating in a variety of musical performances, as well as visiting cultural sites, and sampling a 'real' pint (or two) of Guinness, made for an exciting, albeit very tiring, end to a busy Lent term.

Blogs written on each of the three legs of our tour can be found here.

Posted on 10 April 2014

Choir Newsletter

The latest Choir newsletter may be downloaded here.