Described by BBC Music Magazine as “an immaculately blended, responsive, interactive consort”, The Gentlemen of St John’s are famed for their “pure tone and controlled excellence” (Counterpoint Music). Formed of the Choral Scholars of the world-renowned, Gramophone award-winning Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, they have enjoyed a remarkably busy schedule of concerts and recordings for over forty years. Aged between 18 and 23, The Gents are noted for their versatility with a repertoire ranging from early sacred music to folksongs to more modern close-harmony, making them equally at home in Churches, on the Concert Platform or in the Dining Hall.
In recent years, the Gents have had the privilege to perform at such venues as London’s Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Sydney Opera House, St James’ Palace, Wimbledon Centre Court and Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, and recent performances have taken them to Bangkok, Singapore, America, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Italy and South Africa. In addition to frequent broadcasts with the full Choir of St John’s College, they were recent guests on Radio 3’s In Tune. They also enjoy regularly leading workshops in the UK and abroad.
The Gents have built up an extensive discography. Like Take 6 and The King’s Singers, the group perform and record many of their own arrangements. Many members of the group study music at Cambridge and enjoy writing arrangements of folksongs and close harmony versions of contemporary pop music as well as creating personal renditions of some of the classic Jazz standards. In Christmas 2009 the Gents released a new CD, A Gentle Christmas, covering repertoire from Mouton to Wham – a mix which has proved very popular! The group’s latest CD is Lazing which captures something of the Cambridge summer.