Music is a much-loved and crucial part of life at St John’s. Building on a strong tradition dating as far back as 1828, we are committed to keep growing our music foundation. At the core of the church’s musical life is the Schola Cantorum, an ensemble of eight Choral Scholars enrolled in various London's conservatoires and universities. The Scholars sing on Sunday every week, enhancing the worship in our beautiful neo-gothic building with their excellent, reflective singing.
"A German Requiem", to Words of the Holy Scriptures, Op. 45 (German: Ein deutsches Requiem, nach Worten der heiligen Schrift) by Johannes Brahms, is a large-scale work for chorus, orchestra, and soprano and baritone soloists, composed between 1865 and 1868. It comprises seven movements, which together last 65 to 80 minutes, making this work Brahms's longest composition. A German Requiem is sacred but non-liturgical, and unlike a long tradition of the Latin Requiem, A German Requiem, as its title states, is a Requiem in the German language.
Choral Competition in Rome, Dec 2022
The Choral Scholars, joined by some of their most talented long-term singer-friends, won the 1st prize for best-interpretation/best performance, placing themselves 1st out of 18 choirs and ensembles from various European Countries.
Listen to their live performance here >>
The choir also sung a service of Choral Mass at St Peter's Basilica, the very heart of Christianity worldwide, on Saturday the 3rd of December (side picture: the Schola Cantorum at the Altar of the Cathedra)
CHORAL SCHOLARS WANTED!
St John’s Church, Fulham, wishes to appoint 3 new Choral Scholars for the academic year 2023-2024. The following positions are currently available: 1x Mezzo-Soprano; 2x Tenor (I and II).
Our Scholarships offer a unique opportunity on the London scene to develop a high standard of ensemble singing in a relaxed, laid-back environment.
We are a prize-winning, internationally renowned ensemble of 8, dedicated to studying, performing and recording wide range of repertoire, spanning from Rossini’s Péchés de vieillesse to Moses Hogan’s adaptations of Afro-American spirituals.
We are looking for people who wish to contribute to our ongoing musical growth, and who are eager to share their competence and artistic vision with us.
Ideal candidates will be excellent musicians, confident singers, able sight-readers with experience in choral singing, a positive learning attitude and a good sense of humour.