Sharing in the College's proud tradition of recording, St Johns' Voices made their first commercial CD in 2019, which was released in January 2020 on Naxos, of music by William Mathias.
"The singing is first-class throughout: a fine recording!"
Andrew MacGregor, BBC Radio 3 Record Review
"The whole programme is thoughtfully chosen, superbly executed,
beautifully recorded – and, best of all, hugely enjoyable. ★★★★★"
Philip Reed, Choir & Organ
Critic's Choice Dec 2020 "Highly impressive ... a matchless and hugely entertaining display of dazzling choral singing." Gramophone
First recording released January 2020
choral music of william mathias
Our first professional recording, featuring music by William Mathias, was made in March 2019 in the College Chapel. This disc presents familiar and less well-known material alongside two first recordings: Riddles, a setting of texts from the Exeter Book of Riddles, was written for SATB choir, piano, bells and close-harmony sextet (the Gentlemen of St John's, on our recording); Learsongs sets five poems by Edward Lear for SA chorus and piano duet, in music by turns quirky, nostalgic, tuneful, achingly sad and hugely entertaining.