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Mixed choir in Manchester and Birkenhead

Yesterday the Mixed Choir departed Cambridge for Manchester, where they visited Manchester Grammar School. They enjoyed meeting pupils, and gave a Christmas concert on the school hall in the evening, including a piece with the school choir. Today they travelled to Birkenhead, where they gave a workshop with the choir of Birkenhead School before going to St Saviour's Church in Oxton for more Christmas music in the evening.

Posted on 6 December 2016

Joint Evensong at Clare College

Today the Choir sang a joint Evensong service with the Choir of Clare College, in Clare College Chapel. The choirs sung music for St. Cecilia's day by Britten and Howells, and were treated to Formal Hall afterwards by their Clare counterparts. The choirs have collaborated numerous times in recent years, including a joint Evensong in Jesus College Chapel last Michaelmas.

Posted on 22 November 2016

Elgar - Dream of Gerontius

Yesterday the Combined choirs joined the choirs of Clare, Gonville and Caius and Selwyn colleges along with choristers from St. Catharine's college and Ely Cathedral to give a performance of Elgar's Dream of Gerontius in Ely Cathedral. The choirs were accompanied by Britten Sinfonia, and directed by our own Director of Music, Mark Williams. The choir enjoyed the chance to work with the distinguished soloists and orchestra, and to perform one of the most iconic works in the choral repertoire.

Posted on 13 November 2016

Richard Pinel appointed as new Director of Music

Jesus College, Cambridge is pleased to announce that Mr Richard Pinel will take up the post of Director of Music and Fellow at Jesus College on 1st January 2017, following the appointment of Mark Williams as Informator Choristarum, Organist and Tutorial Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford.

Richard Pinel enjoys a distinguished reputation as a musician, currently holding the post of Assistant Director of Music at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. Educated at Northampton Schools for Boys and Oxford University, he has held positions at St Albans Cathedral, Perth Cathedral, Australia and Magdalen College, Oxford in the past, and has been awarded several prizes in international organ competitions.

The Master of Jesus College, Professor Ian White, said 'We greatly look forward to welcoming such a talented musician to the College and to all that Richard will bring to the choirs and broader music-making both at Jesus College and more widely in Cambridge.'

Mr Pinel commented 'I am both honoured and excited to be taking up at the reins at a College which has such a long and distinguished musical history. The Choirs of Jesus College enjoy an international profile through their recordings, concerts, broadcasts and tours, and the College plays an important role in the local community through its highly-regarded boys' choir, which recruits choristers from a wide range of schools across Cambridgeshire and further afield. I relish the opportunity to sustain and develop the musical reputation of such a beautiful college.'

Posted on 12 July 2016

Joint concert with the Choir of Merton College, Oxford

Today the mixed choir was joined by Benjamin Nicholas and the Choir of Merton College for a concert of choral classics - pieces by composers as diverse as Byrd, Pärt, Grieg, and Dove were included. Naturally, the concert concluded with Tallis's magisterial 40-part motet Spem in alium. As well as performing together, the choirs enjoyed meeting each other and were treated to a dinner in hall. Jesus College Choir is especially pleased to welcome Merton to Cambridge this year, having visited Oxford for similar concerts in the past two years.

Posted on 1 July 2016

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