The choir of St John’s College, Cambridge needs no introduction from me.
Renowned across the world for its rich sound, beautiful blend, vivacity and virtuosity, it is a world-class ensemble. I feel very excited to have been commissioned to write a new piece for them, which they will sing during Evensong in 2015 under the direction of Andrew Nethsingha. Much to think about! What words to set? How best to enjoy those voices? I’ll post again when the new piece is taking shape. Incidentally, somewhat off at a tangent (because though I like them very much, I don’t think I’ll be setting them to music), I recently came across these lines from George Herbert’s poem Even-song: Thus in thy ebony box / Thou dost inclose us, till the day / Put our amendment in our way, / And give new wheels to our disorder’d clocks.