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The Choir of Jesus College Cambridge

The Choir of Jesus College Cambridge, directed by Richard Pinel, has gained an international reputation for its music-making, based on performances around the globe, broadcasts, highly praised recordings and regular services in the College's beautiful and ancient chapel.

Jesus College, founded out of the ancient nunnery of St Radegund in 1496, has a long and rich tradition of church music. It is distinctive in maintaining two choirs: the Chapel Choir, with its centuries of tradition, which is made up of boy choristers and adult male singers; and the College Choir, formed in 1982, which has female undergraduates for its top line. The adult male singers form the ‘back row’ for both choirs. Each choir has developed a distinctive reputation and repertoire.
Occasionally, the College and Chapel Choirs join together for services and concerts, forming an ensemble of nearly fifty singers. Projects have included Haydn's Nelson Mass, Handel's Messiah and Bach's St Matthew Passion and St John Passion. The Combined Choirs have performed with renowned soloists and ensembles including the Saraband Consort and His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts under Mark Williams, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under John Rutter. The Combined Choirs also participate in regular large-scale performances with other Cambridge Choirs, including Elgar's Dream of Gerontius, Verdi's Otello and Walton's Belshazzar's Feast.

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Grayston Ives
The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge
Benjamin Britten, William Byrd
Byrd | Britten
The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge
Various composers
The Evening Hour
The Choir of Jesus College Cambridge
Various composers
My Beloved's Voice: Sacred Songs of Love
Choir of Jesus College Cambridge / Mark Williams
Various composers
War & Peace: Music for Remembrance
The Coir of Jesus College Cambridge
Various composers
Journey into Light
The Choir of Jesus, College Cambridge