The sublime Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge return with the second volume in their Advent series, celebrating the advent season from within the Christian tradition; a season celebrated since at least the Sixth Century.
This splendid live recording, from within the Chapel of St. John’s College itself, features Christmas favourites including Britten’s Deo Gracias from A Ceremony of Carols, as well as gorgeous performances of lesser known works by modern composers including Jonathan Dove, Arvo Pärt and Paul Manz.
The Choir of St John`s College, Cambridge (link is external) is one of the finest collegiate choirs in the world - known and loved by millions from its broadcasts, concert tours and over 90 recordings. Founded in the 1670s, the Choir is known for its rich, warm and distinctive sound, its expressive interpretations and its ability to sing in a variety of styles. Alongside this discipline, the Choir is particularly proud of its happy, relaxed and mutually supportive atmosphere. The Choir is directed by Andrew Nethsingha following in a long line of eminent Directors of Music, recently Dr George Guest, Dr Christopher Robinson and Dr David Hill.
BBC Music Magazine Christmas 2020
The fantastic balance of anthems, hymns and organ music leaps out in this arresting, fabulously performed Advent programme from St John’s, Cambridge. ****