The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge celebrates 500 years
The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge brings the 500th
anniversary of the founding of St John’s College to a climax with a
large-scale celebratory concerts featuring Walton’s dramatic oratorio
Belshazzar’s Feast, in the magnificent setting of Ely Cathedral on
Friday 18 November.
The choirs are accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra under the
baton of St John’s Music Director Andrew Nethsingha. Andrew has invited
past members of the Choir of St John’s to join in the concert, and the
soloists are the acclaimed mezzo-soprano Dame Ann Murray, and St John’s
alumni baritones Leigh Melrose. Alongside Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast,
Ely hosts Mahler’s treasure-trove of glitteringly orchestrated folk
melodies, Des Knaben Wunderhorn. St John’s Choir perform Bruckner’s
Christus factus est, and the orchestra Elgar’s evocative overture In the
St John’s Quincentenary celebrations were launched in Cambridge in
April this year by Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
who attended a performance by the College Choir in the Old Chapel ruins
in St John’s College of O Lord, make thy servant, Elizabeth, our Queen,
written by William Byrd for Queen Elizabeth I.
The event will take place on Friday 18 November at 7.30pm.
Ticket Prices: £45, £35, £25, £15, £10
Booking: www.elycathedral.org/diary/ Tel: 01353 660349
The choirs’ performance of Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast can also be heard in London’s South Bank on Thursday 15 December.