Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge

The Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge is one of Britain’s leading collegiate choirs. The College was founded in 1348 but the musical tradition stems from the late nineteenth century, when the well-known composer of church music Charles Wood became Organist. The choir in Wood’s day contained boy trebles; it is now a mixed
undergraduate ensemble and is directed by Geoffrey Webber.

The choir sings Chapel services during the University term and has a busy schedule of additional activities including concerts, recordings and broadcasts. It travels extensively abroad, performing at a variety of venues ranging from major concert halls to universities, cathedrals and churches in Europe, America and Asia. The choir also gives a number of concerts in the UK each year, and has made appearances at St John’s Smith Square, Cadogan Hall, the Spitalfields and Aldeburgh festivals, and on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Broadcasts of Choral Evensong have been notably adventurous in content and have ranged from Baroque anthems performed with period instruments to Russian and Greek Orthodox music, South African music, and music composed especially for the choir by leading British composers such as James MacMillan. The choir has also appeared on television programmes on BBC1, BBC2, Channel 4 and on several foreign networks.

The Choir’s recordings have often specialised in the rediscovery of forgotten choral repertories, including previously unpublished music from within the English choral tradition and beyond. Themed CD releases include a recording of modern and medieval vocal music entitled All the ends of the earth, and a further recording of modern and medieval Christmas music, Into this world this day did come (DCD34075). A 2011 recording of music by the leading British composer Judith Weir (DCD34095) has achieved high acclaim and was BBC Music Magazine’s Choral & Song Choice in December 2011. The choir has also joined together with the Choir of King’s College London in two recording projects – Rodion Shchedrin’s ‘Russian liturgy’ The Sealed Angel (DCD34067) and Deutsche Motette: German Romantic choral music from Schubert to Strauss (DCD34124) – and has collaborated with the scholar and piper Barnaby Brown on the bestselling and resoundingly acclaimed In Praise of Saint Columba: The Sound-world of the Celtic Church (DCD34137, BBC Music Magazine Choral & Song Choice, September 2014). The choir’s most recent release is Romaria (DCD34147), a disc of modern Brazilian choral music by Villa-Lobos and later generations of composers, programmed and recorded in collaboration with choral music experts from the University of São Paulo.