Jesus Choir performs Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610
The beginning of July saw a spectacular, sell-out performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 by the Combined Choirs in Jesus College Chapel. They performed alongside the world-renowned ensemble, His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, in what proved to be an ‘unforgettable’ magical evening of music making.
The concert was followed by a fundraising black-tie Gala Dinner in aid of the Choir, which featured wonderful performances by both the choristers and the mixed choir. We’d like to thank all those who joined us and supported this special evening. All proceeds from the night will go towards the Jesus Choir Development Fund, which aims to ensure that the Choirs' exciting programme of music-making can be sustained through the years ahead. For more details of how to become a Friend of Jesus Choir, please click here.
Posted on 12 July 2013
Jesus College Choir presents cheque for £10,000 to Songbound
After Evensong on Tuesday 11th June, members of the Choir, Fellows, friends and supporters gathered in Chapel for a presentation on the Choir's recent trip to India to work with children in the slums of Mumbai. At the end of the presentation, members of the Choir presented Joe Walters, Founder and CEO of Songbound, with a cheque for £10,000, a sum raised by choir members through various activities over the last six months, including a fun run, cake sale, fundraising concert and sponsored beard-growing. Mr Walters thanked the Choir for their work in India which he described as 'life-changing' for the children they had worked with, and expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the donation which will enable the five choirs in Mumbai with whom Jesus College Choir worked to continue their programme of regular rehearsals and performances for the next three years.
Posted on 13 June 2013
Choral Awards Open Days to be held in September for those intending to apply in 2013
A number of Colleges in the University of Cambridge will be holding informal listening events in September 2013, intended to offer vocal guidance to those considering an application in the Autumn. For more details please click here.
Posted on 5 June 2013
Jesus College Choir join with the Choir of Merton College Oxford in concert to launch Zambian charity
On a beautiful summer's evening in July, a packed audience at St James's Piccadilly were treated to an evening of music from around the world as the Choirs of Jesus College, Cambridge and Merton College, Oxford combined forces for a concert in aid of the Muze Trust (Music for Zambian Education).
In what is hoped will become a regular collaboration, the Choirs performed under the direction of Mark Williams and Benjamin Nicholas; the musical highlight of the evening was undoubtedly a performance of Tallis' 40-part motet Spem in alium conducted by Peter Phillips, director of the world-famous Tallis Scholars. The Oxbridge choirs were also joined by pupils from St Margaret's School, Bushey who have themselves also raised money for the Muze Trust through their activities. For more information about the charity and its work go to The Muze Trust.
Posted on 21 May 2013
Steinway grand piano and newly-restored Sutton Organ join Jesus College Chapel's fine collection of instruments
Built in 1849 by Bishop and Sons and with panels painted by the renowned architect and Gothic revivalist, Augustus Pugin, the Sutton Organ has recently been restored to its original state by William Drake. The original instrument, given to the College by Sir John Sutton, contained pipes from the seventeenth century and was designed along historicist principles. Through its restoration, the College now possesses a unique instrument, ideally suited to music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, to sit alongside the Hudleston Organ of 2007 and the Rawlinson Organ of 2010. For more information about the organs please click here.
The Chapel is also extremely fortunate to have taken recent delivery of a beautiful Steinway grand piano. The model 'D' piano, built in 2006, has been played by some of the world's leading pianists in some of the world's most famous concert halls in its former role as one of Steinway's travelling instruments. A full-length concert grand piano, its sound fills the Chapel, and it can be heard during concerts promoted by Jesus College Music Society. Both the grand piano and the new Bruce Kennedy harpsichord will feature in JCMS's May Week concert on Friday 14th June. As a result of the generosity of Professor Stephen Heath, Fellow, who donated these two instruments to the College, the Chapel now boasts a magnificent collection of keyboard instruments which will help to foster Chapel and College music for many years to come.
Posted on 2 May 2013
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