Richard Fairman
Financial Times
May 2016

The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, has done one of its old boys proud.

Jonathan Harvey, who died in 2012, recalled how liberating he found writing for a cathedral-type choir. Perhaps that is why the music on this disc is so varied and inspiring.

The anthem I Love the Lord is at once rapturously simple and tortuously difficult. The Missa Brevis ranges from the numinous to the awestruck. A couple of organ works, one with electronic tape, maintain the aura of a questing, individual spirit.

This is a tough assignment for a college choir with boys’ voices, but ambition has paid off handsomely.