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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 recordings, broadcasts and concert tours. The services follow the Cathedral tradition of the Church of England, and the Choir has fulfilled this role in the life of the College since the 1670s. The Choir consists of sixteen Choristers and four Probationers, all educated at St John's College School. There they receive a unique musical education in the hands of the Director of Music, Andrew Nethsingha, and Choristers receive bursaries of between 66% and 100% of fees at St John's College School. The alto, tenor and bass parts are taken by young men who are usually undergraduate members of the College and who are selected to their places in the College Choir (and therefore to the University) as Choral Students. Two Organ Scholars assist the Director of Music in the running of the Choir, attending the daily rehearsals, and accompanying the services in Chapel.
The Choir's distinctive, rich, expressive sound sets it apart from most other English cathedral choirs. For several decades the choir has performed around the world, including the USA, Canada, Brasil, South Africa, Japan and Australia. Recent European concert venues have included the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Bregenz Festival, the Budapest Palace of Arts and the BBC Proms. The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge has an extraordinary and extensive discography produced over the last forty years under its legendary conductors, George Guest, Christopher Robinson and David Hill. St John's is the only British choir to webcast services weekly throughout the year at www.sjcchoir.co.uk/webcast.