Sell-out Messiah performance in Cambridge
On 10 December the Combined Choirs of Jesus College and Britten Sinfonia performed Handel’s Messiah under the direction of Mark Williams to a Chapel full of an audience who certainly appreciated this excellent concert. Wonderful solos from soprano Ruby Hughes, counter-tenor James Laing, tenor John Mark Ainsley, and bass Eamonn Dougan, spirited choruses from the Jesus Choirs, and exuberant playing from the Britten Sinfonia made this concert a resounding success. Next term's Matthew Passion is certainly something to look forward to!
Posted on 19 December 2013
Jesus College Choirs and Britten Sinfonia perform Handel’s Messiah
On Tuesday 10th December the Combined Choirs of Jesus College will perform Handel’s Messsiah under the direction of Mark Williams – they will be joined by renowned soloists Ruby Hughes, James Laing, John Mark Ainsley, and Eamonn Dougan. Founded in 1992, the Britten Sinfonia is one of the world’s most versatile and celebrated ensembles. As well as engaging with repertoire spanning four centuries they are unique in not having a principal conductor, rather choosing to work with a particular director for each concert. The Messiah is undoubtedly Handel’s most famous work and has gained in popularity ever since its first performance.
Posted on 27 November 2013
Compositions by two former choristers performed on BBC Radio 3
On Saturday 23rd November, as part of the Britten Centenary, BBC Radio 3 broadcast a live concert featuring two works composed by former choristers of Jesus College Cambridge. Luke Fitzgerald (16) and Jay Richardson (16), both Aldeburgh Young Musicians, have written pieces for choir which were performed in the family concert that took place at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall in Britten's hometown of Aldeburgh. Luke has set 'A Wish' by Christina Rossetti and Jay has set 'And death shall have no Dominion' by Dylan Thomas. You can listen again to the broadcast here.
Posted on 19 November 2013
Latest CD Release - War & Peace
As the centenary of the Great War approaches, the Choirs of Jesus College Cambridge present a new disc of works for Remembrance, entitled War & Peace. Recorded last year in Jesus College Chapel, the album is a beautiful and moving collection of choral works from around the world including music by Parry, Ireland, Stetsenko, Pärt and Brahms. The CD can be purchased online from our shop, from Amazon or downloaded digitally from iTunes.
Posted on 28 October 2013
'Confessions of a choir mother'; Jesus' Choristers feature in The Telegraph
Our choristers feature prominently in an article published this week in The Telegraph about the value of choral training for young children. In the article, which you can read here, Allison Pearson talks about her son’s life as a chorister singing with Jesus College Choir and the invaluable life lessons it taught him.
Posted on 22 October 2013
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