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

Robert Dixon, Senior Organ Scholar at Jesus College, wins the prestigious Brian Runnett Prize

In March 2013, Robert Dixon, Senior Organ Scholar at Jesus College and a third-year Theology student, was awarded the Brian Runnett Prize in a competition open to all organ scholars in the University of Cambridge. The judges were Mr Andrew Nethsingha, Director of Music at St John's College, Mrs Catherine Ennis, President of the Royal College of Organists and Mr Daniel Hyde, Informator Choristarum at Magdalen College Oxford. To read more about Brian Runnett, in whose memory the prize was established, please click here.

Posted on 2 May 2013

Jesus College Choir returns from inspiring trip to work with under-privileged children in India

Following the end of the Lent Term, the College Choir travelled to Mumbai to take part in a pioneering collaboration with the charity Songbound, which aims to change the lives of deprived children through music. As part of the project, the Choir visited a number of schools and centres run by charities, running singing workshops with over 200 children. At the end of the project, a number of children joined the Choir on the stage of blueFROG in central Mumbai for a concert celebrating the achievements of the previous week. The Choir's visit coincided with the Hindu festival of Holi and so together the singers worked on songs about colour, including Lavender's Blue and I can sing a rainbow as well as Indian songs including Vande mataram and Sawalee (a song written by the children in one of the centres visited). Members of the Choir led the children in playful warm-ups and breathing exercises and, whilst attention was paid to singing technique, the focus was on sharing the joy of music between people of different ages and cultures. Joe Walters, Founder and CEO of Songbound, described the project as 'utterly inspiring and mind-blowing' and members of the Choir would all agree that the experience was one which will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Through their own fundraising efforts, the Choir has also raised enough money to ensure that each of the centres and schools visited during the trip will be able to run a choir for at least the next three years. Videos of the workshops and blueFROG concert may be seen here, cuttings from the press may be seen here and here, and further photos may be viewed on the Choir's Facebook page. The Choir also performed for members of the Cambridge Society of Bombay at the Royal Bombay Yacht Club before travelling to Goa where they gave a concert of Sacred Choral Music for Holy Week to a capacity audience in the Basilica Bom Jesus.

The Choir's collaboration with Songbound is an ongoing one which seeks to establish a regular programme of cultural exchange between the UK and India. To support this exciting project please visit the JustGiving page.

Posted on 3 April 2013

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