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Advent Live - Volume 3
Cheryl Frances-Hoad

Choir of St John's College, Cambridge

Advent Live - Volume 3

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212076828
Catnr: SIGCD 768
Release date: 01 December 2023
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Signum Classics
UPC
0635212076828
Catalogue number
SIGCD 768
Release date
01 December 2023
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About the album

The third album in our series of live recordings from our Advent Carol Services, including commissions by Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Helen Grime.
Critical reception of our previous Advent albums includes the following:

Volume 1:
“Under Andrew Nethsingha’s inspired direction, the choir has retained its renowned clarity, flamboyance and readiness to take risks” Gramophone

“Sung with typical St John’s verve and character, this superbly programmed collection will take your Advent listening in unexpected, but entirely apposite, directions” BBC Music Magazine

Volume 2:
“It is a real album, the mystery and expectation of Advent coursing through a repertoire that never stoops below this ensemble's judicious idea of what constitutes high-quality music, whatever the century... The qualities of the choir hardly need repeating”Gramophone

“The fantastic balance of anthems, hymns and organ music leaps out in this arresting, fabulously performed Advent programme” BBC Music Magazine

Artist(s)

Choir of St John's College, Cambridge

The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge is one of the finest collegiate choirs in the world, known and loved by millions from its broadcasts, concert tours and recordings. Founded in the 1670s, the Choir is known for its distinctive rich, warm sound, its expressive interpretations and its breadth of repertoire. Alongside these musical characteristics, the Choir is particularly proud of its happy, relaxed and mutually supportive atmosphere. The Choir is directed by Christopher Gray who follows a long line of eminent Directors of Music, recently Dr George Guest, Dr Christopher Robinson, Dr David Hill and Andrew Nethsingha. The Choir is made up of around 20 Choristers and Probationers from St John’s College School and around 15 Choral Scholars who are members of St John’s College, its primary purpose being to enhance the liturgy and worship at daily services...
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The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge is one of the finest collegiate choirs in the world, known and loved by millions from its broadcasts, concert tours and recordings. Founded in the 1670s, the Choir is known for its distinctive rich, warm sound, its expressive interpretations and its breadth of repertoire. Alongside these musical characteristics, the Choir is particularly proud of its happy, relaxed and mutually supportive atmosphere. The Choir is directed by Christopher Gray who follows a long line of eminent Directors of Music, recently Dr George Guest, Dr Christopher Robinson, Dr David Hill and Andrew Nethsingha.
The Choir is made up of around 20 Choristers and Probationers from St John’s College School and around 15 Choral Scholars who are members of St John’s College, its primary purpose being to enhance the liturgy and worship at daily services in the College Chapel.
The Choir has a diverse repertoire spanning over 500 years of music. It is also renowned for championing contemporary music by commissioning new works, including recent compositions by Judith Bingham, Julian Anderson, Anna Semple, Katrina Toner, Ignacio Mañá Mesas and Cecilia McDowall. Each term, the Choir is joined by its period instrument ensemble St John’s Sinfonia to perform Bach Cantatas in a liturgical setting.
The Choir brings the ‘St John’s Sound’ to listeners around the world through its weekly webcasts (available at www.sjcchoir.co.uk). The Choir has also live-streamed video broadcasts of Chapel services on Facebook, in association with Classic FM. In addition to regular radio broadcasts in this country and abroad, the Choir releases multiple recordings each year. In May 2016 the College launched its ‘St John’s Cambridge’ recording label (in conjunction with Signum Classics). Since then 16 Choir albums have been released. These include single composer albums of Jonathan Harvey (BBC Music Magazine Award winner), Ralph Vaughan Williams and Michael Finnissy, the latter of which was a finalist in the 2021 Gramophone Awards. There have also been three ‘Magnificat’ albums of varied Evensong Canticles, an anthem compilation Locus Iste, a compendium of 21st- century works New Millennium, masses by Poulenc and Kodály, a live anthology The Tree, a Psalms collection, and seasonal albums for Advent, Christmas and Ash Wednesday. The Choir also performs concerts outside of Cambridge and tours internationally each year.
Recent destinations have included the USA, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong and Singapore. It also performs regularly in the UK, with venues including Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, London.

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Andrew Nethsingha (conductor)

Performing as a conductor and organist in North America, South Africa, Far East, and throughout Europe, Andrew Nethsingha has been Director of Music at St John’s College, Cambridge since 2007. His innovations at St John’s have included weekly webcasts and a termly Bach cantata series.  His recordings for Chandos have been well reviewed. Andrew Nethsingha received his early musical training as a chorister at Exeter Cathedral, where his father was organist for over a quarter of a century. He later studied at the Royal College of Music, where he won seven prizes, and at St John’s College, Cambridge. He held Organ Scholarships under Christopher Robinson, at St George’s Windsor, and George Guest, at St John’s, before becoming Assistant Organist at Wells...
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Performing as a conductor and organist in North America, South Africa, Far East, and throughout Europe, Andrew Nethsingha has been Director of Music at St John’s College, Cambridge since 2007. His innovations at St John’s have included weekly webcasts and a termly Bach cantata series. His recordings for Chandos have been well reviewed.

Andrew Nethsingha received his early musical training as a chorister at Exeter Cathedral, where his father was organist for over a quarter of a century. He later studied at the Royal College of Music, where he won seven prizes, and at St John’s College, Cambridge. He held Organ Scholarships under Christopher Robinson, at St George’s Windsor, and George Guest, at St John’s, before becoming Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral. He was subsequently Director of Music at Truro and Gloucester Cathedrals. Other recent positions have included Artistic Director of the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival and Musical Director of the Gloucester Choral Society.

He has served as President of the Cathedral Organists’ Association. He has worked with some of the UK’s leading orchestras. Andrew’s concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra have included many of the major choral works: Mahler’s 8th Symphony, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Britten War Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius and The Kingdom, Walton Belshazzar’s Feast, Poulenc Gloria and Duruflé Requiem. He has also worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, Britten Sinfonia, the Aarhus Symfoniorkester and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Recent conducting engagements have included the BBC Proms, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Tokyo Suntory Hall. He regularly runs choral courses in various countries, including France and the U.S.A.


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George Herbert (conductor)

Composer(s)

Cheryl Frances-Hoad

Admired for her originality, fluency and professionalism, Cheryl Frances-Hoad has been composing to commission since she was fifteen. Classical tradition (she trained as a cellist and pianist at the Menuhin School before going on to Cambridge and King’s College, London) along with diverse contemporary inspirations including literature, painting and dance, have contributed to a creative presence provocatively her own. 'Intricate in argument, sometimes impassioned, sometimes mercurial, always compelling in its authority' (Robin Holloway, The Spectator), her output – widely premièred, broadcast and commercially recorded, reaching audiences from the Proms to outreach workshops – addresses all genres from opera, ballet and concerto to song, chamber and solo music.  Her works include From the Beginning of the World, a setting of Tycho Brahe's remarkably...
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Admired for her originality, fluency and professionalism, Cheryl Frances-Hoad has been composing to commission since she was fifteen. Classical tradition (she trained as a cellist and pianist at the Menuhin School before going on to Cambridge and King’s College, London) along with diverse contemporary inspirations including literature, painting and dance, have contributed to a creative presence provocatively her own.
"Intricate in argument, sometimes impassioned, sometimes mercurial, always compelling in its authority" (Robin Holloway, The Spectator), her output – widely premièred, broadcast and commercially recorded, reaching audiences from the Proms to outreach workshops – addresses all genres from opera, ballet and concerto to song, chamber and solo music. Her works include From the Beginning of the World, a setting of Tycho Brahe's remarkably prescient thesis on the Great Comet of 1577 (BBC Proms, 2015), Pay Close Attention, a homage to electronic music gods The Prodigy, The Whole Earth Dances, a quintet influenced by the local landscape and the poetry of Ted Hughes (Spitalfields Festival, 2016) and Game On, a duet for piano and Commodore 64 inspired by Game Theory and the crimes of bankers (NonClassical at the Dalston Victoria, 2016).

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01.
Lo! The desert-depths are stirr’d
02:47
(Cheryl Frances-Hoad ) George Herbert, Oliver Wass, Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
02.
Advent Calendar
02:38
(Philip Ledger) Carlos Rodríguez Otero, George Herbert, Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
03.
Telling
02:48
(Helen Grime) Joseph Wicks, Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
04.
There is no rose
06:13
(Francis Pott ) James Anderson-Besant, Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
05.
Herr Christ, der ein’ge Gottes-Sohn, BWV 601
01:27
(Johann Sebastian Bach) George Herbert, Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
06.
Pan fo’r stormydd garwa’n curo
01:50
(John Raymond Williams ) Joseph Wicks, Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
07.
O come, O come, Emmanuel!
03:19
(David Hill, Veni Emmanuel) George Herbert, Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
08.
Nowel, nowel. Owt of your slepe
02:33
(Anonymous) James Gant, Carlos Rodríguez Otero, Alexander Hopkins, Joseph Wicks, Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
09.
Drop down, ye heavens, from above
01:55
(Judith Weir) James Anderson-Besant, Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
10.
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BVW 659
04:14
(Johann Sebastian Bach) George Herbert, Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
11.
There is no rose
02:49
(Simon Preston) George Herbert, Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
12.
Come, thou long-expected Jesus
01:56
(Cross of Jesus, Christopher Robinson) George Herbert, Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
13.
O virgo virginum
02:27
(Harry L’Estrange) Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
14.
One star, at last
03:11
(Peter Maxwell Davies) James Anderson-Besant, Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
15.
O Dayspring; O King of the nations
01:48
(Traditional) George Herbert, Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
16.
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
04:11
(Johann Sebastian Bach) James Anderson-Besant, George Vines, Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
17.
Adam lay ybounden
01:19
(Peter Warlock) George Herbert, Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
18.
Gottes Sohn ist kommen, BWV 600
01:03
(Johann Sebastian Bach) George Herbert, Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
19.
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
02:29
(Winchester New, Christopher Robinson) Joseph Wicks, Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
20.
O Emmanuel
00:57
(Traditional) James Anderson-Besant, Archie Inns, Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
21.
Adam lay ybounden
02:20
(Philip Ledger) Joseph Wicks, Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
22.
A Gallery Carol
02:11
(John Gardner) James Anderson-Besant, Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
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