Close Harmony Group

The Gentlemen of St John's

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Close Harmony Group
Cambridge
The Gentlemen of St John's College Cambridge (The Gents) are an a capella group who sing everything from early sacred music to modern pop...

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 thirty-five 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 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 and the Sydney Opera House, 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 and have even appeared on an episode of Dr Who! 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 Gents 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 and spirituals. Last Christmas the Gents released a new CD, A Gentle Christmas, covering repertoire from Moulton to Mariah Carey – a mix which has proved very popular!

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