Intermusica brings the Choir of King's College, Cambridge to the United States
Intermusica brings the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge back to the United States for a three-concert tour from 28 March, conducted by Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury. Following their highly successful visit in 2015, the choir performs in St Paul Cathedral, Minneapolis on 28 March, Washington National Cathedral, Washington DC on 30 March and St Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue, New York City on 1 April, where they also join with the Choir of St Thomas Church for Evensong on 31 March.
The Choir will perform a mixed programme, including works from their new recording, The Music of King’s: Choral Favourites From Cambridge, to be released on 22 March, classic choral carols and compo-sitions from across Europe.
This will be Stephen Cleobury’s final tour to the United States ahead of his retirement as Director of Music in September 2019 when Daniel Hyde, currently Director of Music at St Thomas Church, will take over. Cleobury has held the post since 1983.
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, appoint Daniel Hyde as Director of Music
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, have appointed Daniel Hyde as their new Director of Music. The position has been held by Stephen Cleobury CBE since 1982. Daniel Hyde will take up the post in October 2019, moving from his current role as Organist and Director of Music at St Thomas Fifth Avenue in New York. Daniel Hyde was Organ Scholar at King’s College from 2000-2003, graduating with a First Class degree in Music. In 2002 he won the audience prize in the RCO Performer of the Year Competition and after graduation had positions as Director of Music at Jesus College, Cambridge and Informator Choristarum at Magdalen College, Oxford, whilst also performing as an international recitalist.
Daniel Hyde says:
“As a former Organ Scholar I am honoured and thrilled to be appointed to succeed Stephen Cleobury as Director of Music at King’s. I am humbled to be given the opportunity to act as steward and guardian of the unique and world-class heritage that King’s College Choir has achieved over centuries.
In nurturing and developing the minds and talents of many future generations of choristers and students at King’s, I hope I will succeed in sustaining the music of the daily services and bringing the College’s music-making to an ever-increasing audience. It’s a daunting task, and it is one that I shall relish.”
The festive season with Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Following another busy year including a tour to the USA and a performance in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the Choir began the festive season earlier this month with a performance at the Barbican in London. Alongside Britten Sinfonia and soloists Ailish Tynan (soprano) and Neal Davies (baritone), and lead by Director of Music Stephen Cleobury, the Choir performed Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and a new arrangement of Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, especially arranged for smaller orchestration to match the size of the Chapel Choir. The Choir released a recording of this same programme on their own label in early November. Both at the Barbican and on the recording, chorister George Hill sings the treble solo in the Bernstein.
Ahead of their annual Christmas Eve BBC broadcasts, the Choir travels to Athens for a performance at the Megaron Mousikis Concert Hall on 13 December. This very festive programme will include Praetorius’ Magnificat Quinti Toni, Poulenc Four Christmas motets, and many Christmas carol favourites including David Willcocks’ arrangement of Away In A Manger and Ding Dong Merrily on High.
Soon after returning to London, the Choir are joined by the Philharmonia Orchestra and Crouch End Chorus with soloists Marta Fontanals-Simmons and James Newby for their annual Christmas performance on 15 December at the Royal Albert Hall. The festive programme features Christmas carols in addition to works by Bach, Handel and Berlioz.
The Choir then returns to Cambridge to give their Christmas Eve service, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, a service that has been broadcast by the BBC since 1928 and will be live on BBC Radio 4, as well as repeated on BBC Radio 3 on Christmas Day. The televised programme, Carols from King’s, can also be viewed on BBC Two on Christmas Eve.
Intermusica brings the Choir of King's College, Cambridge to North America for major tour
Intermusica brings the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge to North America from 24 March 2017 for a major tour of the west coast of America and Canada. The tour is the choir's first return to North America since their performances on the east coast and in Dallas in 2015. Over the course of two weeks, the choir visits Berkeley, Vancouver, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Utah State University and Midland.
As well as performing in some of the region’s finest halls, the choir will meet with two local choirs: the Pacific Boychoir Academy in Berkeley and the Northwest Boychoir in Seattle. Additional events include a recital by The King’s Men and King’s Organ Scholars at Salt Lake City’s Mormon Tabernacle, which features a performance of Thierry Escaich Evocation II by King’s Organ Scholar, Richard Gowers.
Full list of performances:
24 March 2017
Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley
26 March 2017
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver
27 March 2017
Benaroya Hall, Seattle
29 March 2017
Utah State University, Utah
30 March 2017
Cathedral of the Madeleine, Salt Lake City
1 April 2017
First Presbyterian Church, Midland, Texas
Intermusica artists at the 2017 Verbier Festival
Intermusica artists appear throughout the 2017 Verbier Festival, with all performances streamed live by Medici.tv. See all the performance times, dates and venues below:
Also performing at the Église on 22 July is the Pavel Haas Quartet. At 8pm they are joined by pianist Barry Douglas for a performance of Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor and Beethoven String Quartet No.
Richard Goode, Renaud Capuçon and Edgar Moreau appear at the Église at 8pm on 24 July to perform Brahms Piano Trio No.2. In the second half of the recital, Capuçon and Moreau are joined by Lahav Shani, Maxim Rysanov and Leigh Mesh for a performance of Schubert Piano Quintet in A major 'The Trout'.
The Pavel Haas Quartet makes its second appearance at the festival on 25 July, performing in recital at the Église at 11am. The quartet presents a programme of quartets by Martinů and Smetana as well as Dvořák String Quintet No.3, for which they are joined by the quartet's friend and former colleague Pavel Nikl.
Lahav Shani then conducts the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 25 July, leading a programme of Mozart Il nozze di Figaro Overture, Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 with soloist Daniel Lozakovich and Schubert Symphony No.9.
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, makes its festival debut this year, performing at the Église at 8pm on 26 July. They give a concert of works by Duruflé, Tomkins, Byrd and Poulence among others.
Joshua Weilerstein conducts the Junior Orchestra at 4pm at the Salle des Combins on 27 July. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Fauré Elegie for Cello and Orchestra with Edgar Moreau followed by Bruch Kol Nidrei and Dvořák Symphony No.6.
Richard Goode makes his second appearance at the festival, performing a programme of Mozart, Janáček, Debussy and Beethoven at the Église at 11am on 29 July.
Joshua Weilerstein is joined by George Li at the Salle des Combins at 4pm on 29 July for a concert with the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra. Li performs Liszt Piano Concerto No.1, with Weilerstein then conducting Dvořák Symphony No.6.
Kirill Gerstein and Sergei Babayan join Yuja Wang and the Verber Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 29 July for a performance of Bach concertos under the direction of Roberto Gonzáles-Monjas.
At 11am on 30 July, Kirill Gerstein is joined by Truls Mørk to perform sonatas by Brahms, Janáček and Prokofiev at the Église.
In the evening of 30 July, Antoine Tamestit and Mischa Maisky appear at the Salle des Combins alongside Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Roman Simović and Evgeny Kissin. They perform a programme of Mozart String Quartet No.1, Fauré String Quartet No.1 and Dvořák Piano Quintet No.2.
On 31 July, George Li performs a solo recital of Beethoven and Liszt at 11am at the Église.
Joshua Weilerstein joins Martin Frost and the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins on 31 July at 7pm. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Copland, Lutoslawski, Shaw and Prokofiev.
On 1 August at 11am, Tamestit joins Roberto González-Monjas, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Pablo Ferrández, Lukas Geniušas & Yuja Wang to perform works by Schubert, Beethoven & Brahms.
Tamestit and Maisky reunite at the Église at 8pm on 3 August, this time performing Brahms Piano Quartet No.3 with Nikolai Lugansky. Tamestit also performs Brahms Sonata for Viola and Piano with Lugansky, while Maisky and Lugansky play the composer's Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in an arrangement for cello and piano by Paul Klengel.
On 5 August at the Salle des Combins at 7pm, James Ehnes, Antoine Tamestit, Mischa Maisky, Pamela Frank, Roman Simović, Pablo Ferrández, Martin Fröst, Nikolai Lugansky, Yuja Wang, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and Antonio Pappano will join forces for an evening celebrating friendship and musical excellence.
The Choir of King's College Cambridge festive season
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge bring another successful year to a close with their festive concert season, which opens at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on 13 December 2016. The choir performs Duruflé Requiem alongside Christmas favourites from the English choral repertoire.
On 14 December the choir then travels to Dublin to perform a sold-out concert at the city’s National Concert Hall. The programme includes Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine amongst a plethora of Christmas musical repertoire, including an arrangement of Away in a Manger by the choir’s conductor and Music Director, Stephen Cleobury. 16 December sees the choir travel to London for the annual Raymond Gubbay gala performance at the Royal Albert Hall before returning to Cambridge for the traditional BBC Radio 4 broadcast of Nine Lessons and Carols in King’s College Chapel on Christmas Eve. The world-renowned service is repeated on BBC Radio 3 on Christmas Day.
2016 has been another busy year for the choir, featuring tours to Sweden and China, performances at the BBC and Snape Proms and three album releases.
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge returns to the BBC Proms with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge return to the BBC Proms alongside the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on 17 July 2016 for a performance conducted by Director of Music at King’s College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury.
The concert opens with Mozart Exsultate, jubilate with soprano Lucy Crowe and Haydn Paukenmesse with Lucy Crowe, alto Paula Murrihy, tenor Robin Tritschler and baritone Roderick Williams before an all-Fauré second half that includes Pavane and Cantique de Jean Racine.
The evening ends with Marc Rigaudière’s 1889 reconstruction of Fauré Requiem, with Roderick Williams again performing as the baritone soloist. The treble soloist is chosen from the choristers on the day of the performance and the organist during this performance is the Choir’s organ scholar, Richard Gowers.
The following day, the Choir travels to Genval in Belgium to sing a varied programme in the Château du Lac as part of the 18th Musica Mundi Festival.
International Tours' summer season has arrived
This summer Intermusica delivers seven high profile tours visiting the United States, Asia and the three great European festivals: the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh and Lucerne Festivals. Featuring performances from world-class ensembles including Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Hallé and the Choir of King's College Cambridge, the tours demonstrate the breadth of Intermusica’s work: the type of concert we deliver, the range of ensembles we work with and the global territories we reach.
The Hallé and Music Director Sir Mark Elder begin the summer with a landmark tour of China to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Starting in Manchester's twin city of Wuhan on 12 July, the tour then continues on to the Shanghai Grand Theatre (14 and 15 July) and the NCPA, Beijing (16 and 17 July). The orchestra performs a range of works inspired by Shakespeare's plays, with the centrepiece of the tour being the Chinese premiere of Walton's Scenes from Henry V at Shanghai Grand Theatre on 15 July.
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge begins its summer with a performance at the BBC Proms with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on 17 July, before performing at the Musica Mundi Festival in Belgium the following day. On 27 July the choir and music director Stephen Cleobury then return to China for a tour featuring performances in Hong Kong and Beijing.
Intermusica also brings Jérémie Rhorer and his period-instrument ensemble Le Cercle de l'Harmonie to London for their debut at the BBC Proms on 22 July. Rhorer conducts his ensemble in a programme of Mozart and Mendelssohn with soprano Rosa Feola.
August sees the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Sir Antonio Pappano open the Edinburgh International Festival with a performance of dramatic Italian repertoire on 6 August, followed by a performance with Boris Berezovsky on 7 August.
The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra form the centrepiece of the 50th anniversary celebrations of New York's Mostly Mozart Festival with performances of Cosi fan tutte and Idomeneo conducted by René Jacobs and Louis Langrée. The orchestra then returns to Europe for three performances of Aix-en-Provence's production of Cosi fan tutte at the Edinburgh International Festival with Jérémie Rhorer on 25, 27 and 28 August.
Intermusica brings Marin Alsop and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra to Europe for performances at Edinburgh, the Proms and the Lucerne Festival on 22, 24 and 26 August. Immediately after their Proms performance, Alsop and the orchestra's string players are joined by the São Paulo Jazz Symphony Orchestra for a late-night Prom bringing the spirit of the 2016 Rio Olympics to the Royal Albert Hall.
The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Herbert Blomstedt also perform at Edinburgh this year, closing the festival with two concerts at Usher Hall on 26 and 27 August. They then continue on to London for a Prom with Sir András Schiff on 29 August, before finishing the month with a concert at De Doelen, Rotterdam on 30 August.
Choir of King's College, Cambridge performs at the Snape Proms
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge travels to Aldeburgh this month to perform at the Snape Proms on 19 June 2016. The choir first performs at the festival service at Aldeburgh Church, followed by an afternoon performance in Blythburgh Church. The sold out performances feature music by Tallis, Byrd, Britten and Julian Anderson Bell Mass.
Later in the month, the Choir performs Fauré Requiem at Sheffield Cathedral on 27 June, the choir's first performance in the city. The concert at the Cathedral Church of St Marie in Sheffield marks 100 years since the Battle of the Somme and is dedicated to the memory of the soldiers of the Sheffield City Battalion who died in the battle.
Intermusica leads eight major Asia tours in 2016
Intermusica will take eight world-class ensembles to Asia in 2016 in a year of ground-breaking firsts. Watch our video below to find out more.
Academy of Ancient Music
- Conducted by Richard Egarr
- First British orchestra to play in Prince Mahidol Hall, Bangkok
- Marking 275th anniversary of Vivaldi’s death
Budapest Festival Orchestra
- Conducted by Iván Fischer with soloist Ning Feng
- BFO’s debut in Xi’an, the ancient capital of China
- Chinese premiere of Dutilleux’s L’arbre des songes
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
- Choir’s debut in Nanjing and Tianjin and fourth Intermusica tour to China
- Opening Beijing NCPA’s International Chorus Festival
Colin Currie Group
- Group's Macau debut
- Celebrating Steve Reich’s 80th birthday year
- Debut of Steve Reich's music at Macu International Music Festival
- Conducted by Sir Mark Elder
- Hallé's debut in Wuhan and Shanghai
- First British orchestra to collaborate with Chinese choruses in the Chinese premiere of William Walton’s Henry V
- Conducted by Andrew Manze
- UNESCO World Cities of Music collaboration with Tongyeong
- Sir Andras Schiff’s debut concerto tour of China
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
- Conducted by Osmo Vänskä with soloist Renaud Capuçon
- OSR's debut in India
The English Concert
- With soloists Tim Mead and Mary Bevan
- ‘Shakespeare in Love’: a concept designed by Intermusica in collaboration with The English Concert to celebrate Shakespeare 400
- The English Concert’s debut in Wuhan, Shanghai and Beijing
Choir of King's College, Cambridge in anniversary tour to Sweden
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge marks the 80th anniversary of their first ever visit to Sweden under then-Director of Music, Boris Ord, with performances at Stockholm Cathedral and Västerås Cathedral on 16 and 17 April 2016. Conducted by current Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury, and accompanied by Organ Scholars Tom Etheridge and Richard Gowers, the Choir performs traditional British choral works, all of which have close links both to Cambridge and to King's College itself.
In addition to their performances, Stephen Cleobury speaks to local choral directors in Stockholm about the British choral tradition and more specifically choral music at King's College and also holds an open rehearsal in Västerås. Saturday's concert in Stockholm will be recorded for future broadcast by Swedish Radio.
The Choir bring their tour to a conclusion with an invitation to visit Frösåkers Brygga, the historic ship museum outside of Västerås.
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge: Festive performances in Cambridge, London and Amsterdam
Ahead of their annual Christmas Eve BBC broadcasts, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge begin their busy festive period with performances in Amsterdam and London on 15 and 16 December 2015.
The Choir returns to Amsterdam to perform at the Concertgebouw with Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury. The concert opens with Mendelssohn’s Ave Maria followed by Duruflé Requiem, Op.9, with Dutch mezzo-soprano Olivia Vermeulen. The Choir also performs Poulenc Quatre motets pour le temps de Noel and a selection of Christmas carols.
The following day they travel back to London where they are joined by the Philharmonia Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Choir with soloists Louise Alder and Katie Bray for their annual Christmas performance on 16 December at the Royal Albert Hall. The festive programme features Christmas carols in addition to works by Vivaldi, Handel and Corelli.
The Choir then returns to Cambridge to give their Christmas Eve service, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, a service that has been broadcast by the BBC since 1928 and will be live on BBC Radio 4, as well as repeated on BBC Radio 3 on Christmas Day. The televised programme, Carols from King’s, can also be viewed on BBC Two on Christmas Eve. In the lead up to Christmas the Choir has released a 60th anniversary edition DVD of Carol’s from King’s, dedicated to the memory of Sir David Willcocks, who was Director of Music at the College between 1957 and 1974 and passed away earlier this year. The DVD includes the full 2014 service in addition to “60 Years of Carols from King’s”, a BBC documentary charting the history of the service since 1954 with behind the scenes footage, some insight into the life of a chorister in the Choir, and the impact of these experiences on them across the generations.
Choir of King's College Cambridge release ground-breaking new recording, 1615: Gabrieli in Venice
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, release the next disc in their own-label catalogue, 1615: Gabrieli in Venice, on 30 October 2015. The disc is also the first album of any genre ever to use Dolby’s new Atmos technology.
A culmination of considerable scholarship into the performance practices of Gabriel’s Venice, this recording presents a selection of works from the composer's posthumously published collections from 1615. Giovanni Gabrieli’s distinctively antiphonal compositional style proves perfect for the Dolby Atmos surround sound technology, which is able to reproduce the acoustics of the Chapel with unprecedented realism. 2015 marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of this collection of Gabrieli’s works from 1615, as well as the 500th anniversary of the completion of King’s College Chapel.
Conducted by the choir's Music Director, Stephen Cleobury, the Choir is accompanied by two organs and His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts (Jeremy West, Director), each work calling for a different combination of the male voices and instruments. Large-scale settings include In ecclesiis, Iubilate Deo and the Magnificat and contrast with smaller settings including three brass-only Canzona.
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge closes Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge performs for the first time at Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival, closing the festival in the Old Palace on 27 September 2015.
The first half includes a choral performance of 'Winter is Past' and 'Many Waters' from Come Away, a series of three-part motets by the festival's composer in residence, Charlotte Bray. Also in the first half, the Choir joins the Haydn Chamber Orchestra to perform Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major, Op.84 with soloists Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Robin O'Neill (bassoon) and former choristers of the choir, Magnus Johnston (violin) and Guy Johnston (cello). The performance concludes with Mozart Requiem with soloists Ruby Hughes (soprano), Jamies Laing (countertenor), Richard Dowling (tenor) and Bozidar Smiljanic (bass).
The concert is preceded by a talk hosted by Sir Nicholas Kenyon, 'Mozart: Man, Myth and Music'.
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge performs at Festival of Sacred Arts
The Choral Scholars of the Choir of King's College, Cambridge travels to Reykjavik on 20 August 2015, where they perform as part of the Festival of Sacred Arts.
The venue for the festival is the Hallgrímskirkja, where the singers and Music Director Stephen Cleobury perform a traditional King's Chapel Evensong on 21 August followed by an evening concert featuring music by Thomas Tallis, Henry Purcell and Josquin Des Prez in addition to two organ solos played on the church's 72 stop Klaisorgan. The festival holds a Cultural Night named 'Fiesta of Hymns' involving a variety of the festival performers over many hours on 22 August where Stephen Cleobury, the Organ Scholar and Choral Scholars will perform three 30 minute sets of music ranging from traditional sacred works to popular music arranged for a cappella voices from their album The King's Men, After Hours.
The Choir concludes the tour with a morning service.
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge performs at major German festivals
Intermusica brings the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge to Germany during July, where the choir performs British choral music at four major summer music festivals conducted by its Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury. The tour begins in Neustrelitz Stadtkirche on 9 July 2015 at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern before heading south to MDR Musiksommer where the choir performs at the Magdeburger Dom (11 July). The performance at Choriner Musiksommer in Kloster Chorin (12 July) is followed by a stop in Berlin ahead of a final concert at the Kloster Eberbach (15 July) as part of the Rheingau Musik Festival.
The repertoire has been chosen specifically by Stephen Cleobury to reflect links to King’s College or to Cambridge. Christopher Tye and Orlando Gibbons were King’s choristers and Robert Hacomplaynt a past Provost; William Byrd's 'O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth' refers to Elizabeth I, who is known to have visited the chapel; and composers Ralph Vaughan Williams, Jonathan Harvey, Benjamin Britten, Herbert Howells and Charles Villiers Stanford have wider Cambridge connections to other Colleges. The Organ Scholars will also perform solos at all four venues, including on the grand organs in Neustrelitz (Tom Etheridge) and Magdeburg (Richard Gowers).
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge: US tour
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge will return to the US in March for five concerts with Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury. Following their successful tour in 2013, this visit will include return performances at Washington National Cathedral (Saturday 21 March), Cathedral of Saint Paul, Minneapolis (Monday 23 March) and Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago (Tuesday 24 March), as part of the Symphony Center presents series. In addition, the Choir will perform at St Thomas Fifth Ave in New York (Friday 20 March) and at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas (Thursday 26 March), where the tour will end.
The programme which the Choir will be performing includes works by Parry and Vaughan Williams which also appear on the Choir’s latest CD release English Hymn Anthems and recent commissions written for the Choir by Judith Weir and Richard Causton.
The Choir of King's College Cambridge: Festive season 2014
Following five star reviews of their recording of Fauré Requiem, the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, has released Favourite Carols from King’s as its fifth disc on the King's label. The CD brings together a collection of the most popular carols featured in A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols over the years, recorded by the current Choir. Simultaneously, the Choir released its first DVD on the label, which is a recording of the 2013 Carols from King’s service, as broadcast by the BBC last year.
The Choir’s Christmas season performances begin at Barbican Centre, London on 6 December with a performance of Bach’s Magnificat and Respighi’s Lauda per la Nativita del Signore alongside Britten Sinfonia and soloists including Intermusica singers mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately, soprano Mary Bevan and tenor Ben Johnson.
16 December sees the Choir travel to Edinburgh’s Usher Hall for a performance including a selection of carols in addition to the Poulenc Christmas Motets and Praetorius Magnificat Quinti Toni. The Choir returns to London the following day for their annual appearance as part of Raymond Gubbay’s Christmas Festival at the Royal Albert Hall, performing with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Philharmonia Chorus.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of Carols from King’s, which will be televised on BBC2 on Christmas Eve, preceded by a 60 minute documentary on the history of the service as well as a separate broadcast of a restored version of the first Carols from King’s in 1954, conducted by Boris Ord. Also on Christmas Eve, the Choir will sing in A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in King’s College Chapel, broadcast live by BBC Radio 4.
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge perform at Musikfest Erzgebirge
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge travels to Marienberg in Germany to perform as part of the Musikfest Erzgebirge on 19 September, where its concert will be broadcast live on Deutschland Radio.
The programme reflects a bridge from England to German Saxony, the region in which the festival takes place, with the first half comprised of English works and the second half German.
Returning to the UK, the Choir performs the following weekend at All Saints Weston Green in Surrey on 28 September. The programme ranges from Renaissance to 21st century, and reprises some works from the Erzgebirge programme as well as Monteverdi’s Adoramus te Christe and Cantate Domino in the madrigal style, a Bach organ solo and Nigel Cassidy’s setting of Psalm 100, Jubilate Deo.
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge tour Australia, July 2014
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, and Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury tour Australia this summer for eight concerts between 21 July and 2 August. This is the Choir’s first visit to Australia in over a decade, since their last tour in 2001. They perform concerts in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra and Adelaide, including a performance at Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.
The Choir are performing two programmes on the tour. The first features Fauré’s Requiem, performed with organ, and baritone and treble soloists from within the choir. The second programme focuses on more intimate works, ranging from Renaissance to 21st century.
Both programmes include three contemporary Australian compositions, each commissioned by Stephen Cleobury for King’s annual Christmas service A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols. Peter Sculthorpe’s The Birthday of thy King was commissioned for the 1988 service; Brett Dean’s Now comes the Dawn for the 2007 service, and Carl Vine’s Ring out, wild bells for the 2012 service.
King’s College Choir tour to Australia
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, and Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury tour Australia this summer for eight concerts between 21 July and 2 August. This will be the Choir’s first visit to Australia in over a decade, since their last tour in 2001. They will perform in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra and Adelaide, including a performance at Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.
The Choir will perform two programmes on the tour. The first features Fauré’s Requiem, performed with organ, and baritone and treble soloists from within the choir. The second programme will focus on more intimate works, ranging from Renaissance to 21st century.
Both programmes will include three contemporary Australian compositions, each commissioned by Stephen Cleobury for King’s annual Christmas service A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols. Peter Sculthorpe’s The Birthday of thy King was commissioned for the 1988 service; Brett Dean’s Now comes the Dawn for the 2007 service, and Carl Vine’s Ring out, wild bells for the 2012 service.
Watch a film created by Musica Viva especially for the tour:
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge perform Britten’s St Nicolas in Birmingham and London
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge give two important performances of Britten’s St Nicolas at Birmingham Symphony Hall on 26 November and the Barbican Centre on 7 December, at the end of the Benjamin Britten centenary year.
Conducted by Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury, the Choir is pleased to be joined by Britten Sinfonia for these two performances, as well as renowned tenors Andrew Kennedy (Birmingham) and James Gilchrist (Barbican), and the West London Free School girls’ choir.
The programme opens with Arvo Pärt’s moving orchestral work, Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten, after which the King’s choristers join for Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, and all performers come together for the major work, St Nicolas, in the second half. These two performances coincide with the exciting release of the Choir’s next CD on their own recording label, featuring Britten’s St Nicolas and his well-loved Hymn to St. Cecilia and Rejoice in the Lamb.
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge give concerts in the Netherlands and Windsor
Following five sold-out concerts in Asia during August, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge will perform two concerts in The Netherlands and one concert at the Windsor Festival in September.
The Choir travels to the Netherlands for concerts on 20 September in St Catherine’s Church, Eindhoven, and on 21 September at De Oosterpoort in Groningen. Both programmes include works by Stanford, Parry, Britten, Vaughan Williams and Schubert, and the Eindhoven concert features Faure’s Requiem.
Back in the UK, the Choir performs at the Eton College Chapel on 29 September for the closing concert of the Windsor Festival. The programme includes Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, a work recently recorded by the Choir and soon to be released as part of an all-Britten disc on the Choir’s own recording label.
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge: Asia tour
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge travels to Asia for a 5-concert tour in August. Concerts take place in Seoul (8 August), Beijing (10 August), Hong Kong (14 and 15 August) and Singapore (17 August). The Choir are delighted to be making a return visit to both the NCPA in Beijing and The Esplanade in Singapore, following successful performances in recent years. The Choir are also known to the audiences of Seoul and Hong Kong however look forward to performing for the first time at the Seongnam Arts Center in Seoul and at two venues in Hong Kong: Sha Tin Town Hall and Hong Kong City Hall.
In Beijing and Hong Kong (14 August) the Choir will perform a mixed programme of English songs by Stanford, Parry and Vaughan Williams as well as works by Schubert, Widor and Wolf’s Sechs Geistliche Lieder.
The Choir will be joined by local ensemble and soprano for the concerts in Seoul, Hong Kong (15 August) and Singapore. The programme includes two Mozart works, Schubert’s peaceful yet dramatic setting of Psalm 23 ‘The Lord is my shepherd’, and the Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo of Haydn, known as the ‘Little organ mass’ for its extensive organ solo in the Benedictus, which will be performed by the Choir’s organ scholar. The major work in the second half is Vivaldi’s Gloria.
Choir of King's College, Cambridge feature in new BBC documentary, 'Music and Monarchy'
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge feature in a new four-episode documentary by Dr David Starkey, ‘Music and Monarchy’, the first episode of which will be broadcast on BBC 2 on Saturday 20 July.
The Choir and Director of Music Stephen Cleobury feature in the first episode, which explores kings who were also composers and the golden age of English music which they presided over. Their performances will take place in King’s College Chapel, and the episode will also feature Canterbury Cathedral and Eton College amongst others, with the works of Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, John Dunstable and John Dowland.
Intermusica tours three British ensembles to Asia this summer
Academy of Ancient Music, June 2013
Intermusica is pleased to announce that the Academy of Ancient Music will be touring to Asia in June 2013 and will visit five cities including Seoul, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing & Tianjin for six performances.
Korean Soprano Sunhae Im is the soloist in the first concert of the tour, on 18 June at Seoul Arts Center. Led from the violin by Pavlo Beznosiuk the orchestra will perform a Four Seasons programme of Vivaldi violin concertos interwoven with Handel, Purcell and Vivaldi Arias.
After a concert in Seoul on 19 June, the orchestra will perform at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall on 23 June for the Four Seasons programme sung by British Soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, who performs the programme for the rest of the tour. Subsequent performances are at Shanghai Concert Hall on 27 June, NCPA Beijing on 29 June and at the Tianjin International Chamber Music Festival on 30 June at the Tianjin Grand Theatre.
BBC Concert Orchestra, July 2013
Following the success of BBC National Orchestra of Wales' debut concerts in China last summer, Intermusica is delighted to be touring the BBC Concert Orchestra to China in July 2013 for debut performances. The orchestra will visit five cities including Tianjin, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou for seven performances, and performs two varied programmes throughout the tour. Joining the orchestra to perform will be Conductor Laureate, Barry Wordsworth along with British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and Cardiff Singer of the World Winner 2011 Valentina Naforniţa. The orchestra will present two mixed programmes celebrating British music and showcasing its diverse repertoire.
The first programme includes Elgar’s Cello Concerto and in Britten’s anniversary year the orchestra will perform his Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Framing this, programme two has a Last Night of the Proms flavour with performances of Rule Britannia and Jerusalem along with other popular gala works including Sibelius Finlandia and operatic excerpts from Rigoletto, Romeo and Juliet and Rusalka.
Choir of King's College, Cambridge, August 2013
The choir and Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury return to the Far East this August for five performances in Seoul, Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore. They will perform two programmes – one for choir and organ, and the second for which they will be joined by local ensembles to perform works including Vivaldi Gloria and Haydn Kleine Orgel Messe.
Choir of King's College, Cambridge releases Mozart Requiem disc on own label
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge today releases the second album on its recently-launched record label – Mozart Requiem: Realisations. In this two-disc recording, the choir and Director of Music Stephen Cleobury are joined by the Academy of Ancient Music. The soloists are Elin Manahan Thomas, Christine Rice, and ex-King’s choral scholars James Gilchrist and Christopher Purves.
The album includes a recording of the well-known Süssmayr edition, as well as extracts from lesser known and very recent editions, including work by Michael Finnissy and Duncan Druce. The second disc is an audio documentary, written by Cliff Eisen, a renowned Mozart scholar, which tells the story of the composition’s genesis, read by Elin Manahan Thomas.
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge: new album and seasonal performances
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and Director of Music Stephen Cleobury have released their first album, Nine Lessons & Carols, on their new record label, launched officially in October 2012.
The two-disc album is a recording of the 2010 Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols. The first part includes many well-known Christmas carols, ending with the congregational hymn, Hark! the Herald Angels Sing. The second disc includes the unique carols which Stephen Cleobury commissioned for the service between 2007 and 2011. These carols were written by composers including Brett Dean, Gabriel Jackson and Mark-Anthony Turnage. The disc ends with a new work, especially written for the album by John Rutter.
The choir and Stephen Cleobury were featured on the Christmas special of BBC 1’s The One Show on 11 December, singing Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and will perform many of the recorded carols at the Royal Albert Hall on 19 December in a concert with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, as part of the Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival. In a further seasonal performance, the choir performs Messiah at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, on 14 December, with the Academy of Ancient Music.
Carols from King’s is broadcast on Christmas Eve at 6.15pm on BBC 1 and the Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols is live on BBC Radio 4 on 24 December at 3pm. The service is also broadcast at 2pm on Radio 3 on Christmas Day, and at various times on the BBC World Service.
Intermusica announces major new recording initiative for the Choir of King's College, Cambridge
The world renowned Choir of King's College, Cambridge, has announced a major new recording initiative with a Christmas album, including five world premiere recordings:
• The celebrated choir – under Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury – takes artistic and commercial control of its recording activity as part of long-term media plan
• First disc of Nine Lessons & Carols features traditional carols alongside world premiere recordings of five works commissioned by the College
• Release to unveil brand new carol by distinguished composer, John Rutter, written and recorded especially for the disc
• Second recording to be a comprehensive exploration of the Mozart Requiem
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, is delighted to announce the launch of a new comprehensive recording plan starting with the first release of Nine Lessons & Carols on 22 October 2012.
Regarded as one of the finest choral groups in the world and a symbol of British musical tradition, the Choir has a long and distinguished recording and broadcasting history. It has released more than one hundred albums with EMI and Decca, selling millions of copies over its long recording history. On radio and television, the Choir’s Christmas services are broadcast by the BBC to a global audience each year in a relationship that stretches back to 1928. In future, the Choir will manage its own recording portfolio and develop its media presence.
Introducing the new initiative, Stephen Cleobury, Director of Music at King’s College, Cambridge, said: “I am delighted that this new development will allow the Choir to spread its wings in terms of recordings, which have been such an integral part of our life going back so many years. We will also be able to record more adventurous repertoire as well as bringing a fresh look at some of the most important pieces from the choral literature.”
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is held on Christmas Eve each year in the magnificent chapel of King’s College. The Choir’s first disc, a double album entitled Nine Lessons & Carols, will include traditional carols along with commissioned carols from the last six years by Mark-Anthony Turnage, Tansy Davies, Dominic Muldowney, Gabriel Jackson, Brett Dean and Einojuhani Rautavaara. Composed specially for the disc is a brand new carol, All Bells in Paradise, by internationally renowned choral composer John Rutter.
About the album, Stephen Cleobury commented: “The Christmas Eve service from King's College, Cambridge has a special resonance with people around the world; for many it heralds the start of Christmas. King’s is delighted to release this recording of Nine Lessons & Carols, which captures the spirit of the Christmas Eve service. Bringing specially commissioned carols onto disc underlines our mission to sustain and renew our great tradition at Christmas-time.”
John Rutter said: “The King's College Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols has been inspiring the world ever since its inception, and has played a cherished part in my life for many years, both as a member of the congregation and as composer or arranger of several of the carols included in it. All Bells in Paradise is the third carol I have composed specially for King's College Choir, and I am delighted and honoured that it has been included in this new recording.”
The second release on the new label, slated for a spring 2013 release, will explore Mozart’s Requiem in depth, drawing on the best musical scholarship available, reflecting the College’s role as a place of education, learning and research.
The Choir has worked closely with Intermusica to develop and implement this new initiative. Stephen Lumsden, Managing Director of Intermusica, commented: “In the fast-changing media environment of today, this is absolutely the right moment for the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, to be launching their own label as part of a wider media plan, and we have been delighted to assist them in that. Taking control of their recording programme, choosing the repertoire that is important to both their heritage as well as the here and now, will bring both artistic freedom and control over all aspects of their extensive media life. As one of this country’s iconic cultural and educational institutions, the Choir and College can look forward to exciting developments in the future.”
Nine Lessons & Carols will be available from all good record stores and for digital download from 22 October 2012.
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge performs at three European festivals
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and Director of Music Stephen Cleobury perform at three European festivals this summer.
They will first travel to Croatia for the Dubrovnik Summer Music Festival, to perform two concerts (19 and 20 August). The first features music by Tallis, Byrd and Walton, while for the second, Cleobury and the Choir will be joined by the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra and four Croatian soloists to perform Mozart Requiem and excerpts from Handel Messiah.
The subsequent two festivals are in France: a return to Festival de Musique Sacrée in Saint-Malo (22 August) and Festival Callient, in the Alsace region (25 August). In Saint-Malo, the choir performs a mixed programme with organ, including works by Palestrina, S.S. Wesley and Tallis. At Festival Callinet, the repertoire is Fauré Requiem and works by Howells and Stanford.
Following this tour, the Choir and Stephen Cleobury have a busy 2012/13 season ahead, including performances at the Rotterdam Gergiev Festival, Gent Festival and tours to the USA and Asia.
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge tour to Leipzig for 800th anniversary celebrations
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge are travelling to Leipzig to join the celebrations for the 800th anniversary of the St Thomas Boys’ Choir, St Thomas Church and School. The penultimate week of March is the first celebratory week of three for the city of Leipzig, and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is one of four historic boys’ choirs performing over this weekend, alongside Dresdner Kreuzchor, Regensburger Domspatzen and St Thomas Boys’ Choir.
The Choir and Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury, will perform an evening concert on Friday 23 March. Their programme celebrates the British choral tradition, including works by Byrd, Tallis, Britten and Walton. They will then join forces with the three choirs on Saturday and Sunday for evensong and Mass services as a festival of boys’ choirs.
Upon their return, the choir will participate in the annual Easter at King’s Festival, which begins with a performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Academy of Ancient Music on Tuesday 3 April.
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge wins Chinese Classical Elite Award
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and Stephen Cleobury are delighted to have won a Classical Elite Award for the best choral concert of 2011 in Shanghai. This concert was the choir’s first visit to Shanghai and was part of their successful tour to the Far East in July, which also included performances in Seoul and Beijing. Each year, Classical Elite Shanghai awards several prizes to the best artists and concerts in 15 different categories – this year more than 300 concerts and artists were nominated to receive these prizes.
The choir will travel to Dijon on January 14 for their first international tour of 2012. They will perform a mixed programme for choir and organ at L’Opèra de Dijon, including the commissioned carol Christmas Eve composed by Tansy Davies, for 'A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols' 2011.
Choir of King's, Cambridge's Mozart Requiem performance is live-streamed on Guardian website
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and Director of Music Stephen Cleobury joined forces with the Aurora Orchestra and a team of outstanding young soloists December 19 for a live broadcast stream of Mozart’s Requiem on the Guardian website.
The broadcast can be watched on demand after the event: click here to watch. The broadcasted performance was the second of two Requiem performances at Kings Place and marked the final concert as part of the venue's ‘Mozart Unwrapped’ series, which took place throughout 2011.
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge celebrate Christmas in Cambridge, London and Amsterdam
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge looks forward to their busy festive season with concert and television appearances in Cambridge, London and Amsterdam.
On December 14, the choir return to the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, to perform a programme for choir and organ. They are then joined by the Aurora Orchestra and soloists for two performances of Mozart’s Requiem at Kings Place on December 19. This concert marks the culmination of Kings Place’s 2011 series ‘Mozart Unwrapped’ and is the third appearance in this series by the choir and Stephen Cleobury. On December 20, the choir will be joined by the Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus, and soloists Anna Patalong and Gary Griffiths to perform their annual concert as part of the Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival at the Royal Albert Hall.
As well as these concert appearances outside Cambridge, the choir and Stephen Cleobury will record the world-famous service, Nine Lessons & Carols, which will be broadcast live from King’s College Chapel on BBC Radio 4. The choir will also record Carols at King’s for BBC television which will be broadcast on BBC 2 on Christmas Eve.
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge perform at Kings Place and in Paris
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge have a busy October ahead of them. They will perform the second of three appearances this year at Kings Place, London, as part of the hall’s ‘Mozart Unwrapped’ series (October 12). For this concert, they will once again be joined again by the Dante Quartet and together will perform an all-Mozart programme, culminating with Ave Verum Corpus.
The choir and conductor Stephen Cleobury will then perform a very special concert in the Nave of Le Musée d’Orsay, Paris, opening a concert series on the theme of Oscar Wilde’s England (October 28). This concert series is in collaboration with the exhibition currently open in the museum 'Beauty, Morals and Voluptuousness in the England of Oscar Wilde', which was previously at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
King's College Choir returns to Asia for a three-concert tour
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and conductor Stephen Cleobury look forward to a return to Asia for a three-concert tour in July. They will perform at Seoul Arts Center, the National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing, and Shanghai Concert Hall on July 14, 15 and 17 respectively.
The concert in Seoul will be broadcast on KBS TV and on radio, and the concert in Beijing will be broadcast on the nationwide channel, China Central Television. This follows the choir’s successful debut tour to China in October 2010 when they performed in Wangfujing Church as part of the Beijing Music Festival.
This summer, the choir will sing a programme in two parts, largely composed of British choral music on two themes: "Concerned with Nature" and "Concerned with Music", which includes works by Britten, Vaughan Williams and Nicholas Maw.
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge works with Arvo Pärt
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge join forces with the Philharmonia Orchestra for their third collaboration this year. The performance, in Canterbury Cathedral on May 27, is part of Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival, for which the theme in 2011 is Baltic+. The choir and orchestra will perform Arvo Pärt’s newest large-scale work, Adam’s Lament, in its UK premiere.
Pärt, who is the Guest Composer of this year’s festival, last week visited King’s College to rehearse the work with Stephen Cleobury and the choir, and will be present at the performance. The programme will also include Pärt’s Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten as well as works by Britten, Maw, Martinsson and Gorecki. The concert will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Hear and Now.
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge celebrate Easter
Following a successful weekend’s residency at Cathédrale Saint-Pierre, Geneva, the Choir of King's College, Cambridge prepare for a busy Easter period. Joining the choir for one performance, the Academy of Ancient Music will bring their version of Bach’s St John Passion to Cadogan Hall for the first time on April 20. The choir's Music Director, Stephen Cleobury, will be joined by soloists Elin Manahan Thomas, James Laing, Andrew Kennedy, Andrew Tortise, Marcus Farnsworth and David Wilson-Johnson.
Looking ahead to May, the choir have been invited to perform with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival in Canterbury. Together they will perform the UK premiere of Arvo Pärt's new large scale work Adam's Lament. The work emerged from a co-commission by two European Capitals of Culture – Istanbul 2010 and Tallinn 2011. Pärt based his new work on the writings of Siluan of Athos, in which the monk laments the pain of Adam after the loss of paradise. The programme will also feature music for choir and orchestra by Swedish composer Rolf Martinsson, Henryk Górecki and Benjamin Britten.
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, take up residence at London's Kings Place
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, perform at Kings Place on three occasions in 2011 as part of the venue’s ‘Mozart Unwrapped' series. In the first of these concerts on March 11, the choir and Stephen Cleobury join forces with the Dante Quartet, the quartet-in-residence at King’s College, Cambridge, and other instrumentalists. The programme includes a variety of Mozart’s sacred compositions as well as Serenade in F. The choir will return to Kings Place on October 12 and December 19. In December they are joined by the Aurora Orchestra for two performances of Mozart’s Requiem.
Elsewhere in March, Stephen Cleobury and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge combine with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Bedford Corn Exchange, as part of the orchestra’s 15th season in residence at Bedford (March 22). The orchestra and Stephen Cleobury will perform Elgar’s Serenade for Strings and Mozart’s Symphony No.35 'Haffner' before being joined in the second half by the choir and soloists including Ben Johnson, tenor, for a performance of Mozart’s Requiem. The choir and orchestra regularly work together in inspired performances; the most recent of which was a gala concert in King’s College Chapel in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Concerts at King’s.
King’s College Choir look forward to a weekend in residency at Cathédrale Saint-Pierre, Geneva, promoted by Les Concerts de la Cathédrale (March 25 to 27). The weekend’s activities will include an organ recital by Stephen Cleobury and a master-class in which the choir and Cleobury will work with three Geneva choirs, combining together over 100 singers. The choir performs an afternoon concert in the Cathedral, the programme for which includes works by Purcell, Britten and Tippett, amongst others.
The Choir of Kings College Cambridge makes China debut at the Beijing Music Festival
Intermusica is delighted to announce that the Choir of Kings College, Cambridge has been invited to perform at the 13th Beijing Music Festival in October. This marks a momentous occasion for the Choir and their music director Stephen Cleobury who will be travelling to China for the first time. The performance will take place on 23 October in Beijing’s Wangfujing Catholic Church (pictured) in the heart of the city’s busy shopping district. Works being performed include Britten’s Hymn to St Cecilia, Stanford’s Three Latin Motets , Henry Purcell’s Remember not, Lord, our offences – Hear my prayer and William Walton’s A Litany.
The Choir also looks forward to the busy winter ahead with engagements planned in the UK, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
The Academy of Ancient Music and Choir of King’s College, Cambridge perform Monteverdi in the Concertgebouw
Following on from their successful touring partnership in France this August, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and the Academy of Ancient Music join forces once more to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers in a performance at the Concertgebouw on 4 October. Soloists joining the choir and orchestra to perform include Ben Alden, Catherine Bott, John McMunn and Nicky Kennedy.
“A superb period-instrument band”
New York Times
"I would happily sit in King’s College Chapel listening to this choir sing for the rest of my days”
Richard Morrison, The Times
First live broadcast of an Easter service from King's College Chapel
Easter from Kings, the first live broadcast of an Easter service from King's College Chapel, will be aired on BBC2 in the UK this Saturday 3 April at 05:40pm.
Sung by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, the service features seasonal hymns and well-known choral music, including Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus and extracts from Handel's Messiah. The service also includes reading of poems of George Herbert, John Donne and Edith Sitwell.
The BBC hope the service will prove as popular as Carols from King's, which is broadcast on Christmas Eve on BBC2 and viewed by over two million people.
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge tour to Germany
Following on from a busy festive season, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge will tour to Germany for two concerts in March, performing a variety sacred works including Purcell, Gibbons, Byrd and Stanford with conductor Stephen Cleobury. The choir have a busy spring and summer ahead with performances of James Macmillan’s St. John Passion in Cambridge and a major tour of France celebrating the anniversary of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers.
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge tour the Far East
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge tour the Far East in July with concerts in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The Choir will perform two varied programmes across four concerts, the first featuring music by the four 2009 anniversary composers, and the second of early English choral music. Director of Music Stephen Cleobury CBE will also give master classes in Hong Kong and Singapore. Before embarking on the tour, the Choir performs at the BBC Proms to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Cambridge University.
In June, the Choir performed at the City of London Festival in Southwark Cathedral. The programme included two new works; a world premiere by John Harle, City Solstice, specially commissioned for the Festival, and the London premiere of a new work by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies which was written in collaboration with Andrew Motion.
“Harle… throws in a soaring treble solo; echo effects; jazzy breaks for his own soprano sax; and much lyrical writing for the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, which performed stunningly under Stephen Cleobury’s direction.”
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge take Handel into the cinema
In the first ever live cinema broadcast of a choral concert, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge performed Handel’s Messiah on Palm Sunday, as part of the King’s Easter festival.
This groundbreaking project commemorated two anniversaries: the 250th anniversary of the death of Handel and the 800th anniversary of the University of Cambridge, and in its originality and scope represents a major new development for the Choir and College. Director of Music Stephen Cleobury and the Choir were joined by the Academy of Ancient Music and soloists Ailish Tynan, Alice Coote, Allan Clayton and Matthew Rose in a performance that screened live to over 200 cinemas in Europe and the USA.
In June the choir will perform in the City of London Festival at Southwark Cathedral. The programme includes the world premiere of a work by John Harle, specially commissioned for the Festival and the London premiere of a new work by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies which was written in collaboration with Andrew Motion.
The Choir of Kings College, Cambridge perform in St David's Hall, Cardiff
After a characteristically busy Christmas period, which saw the Choir of King’s College Cambridge travelling to Santa Cecilia, Rome and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw in December, as well as seasonal concerts in both the Royal Albert Hall and the newly-renovated Town Hall in Birmingham, the Choir are looking forward to a performance in St David’s Hall in Cardiff next month, where they will present a programme of Baroque works.
The Choir of Kings College, Cambridge have a busy holiday season
In a characteristically busy Christmas period, the Choir of King’s College Cambridge travelled to Santa Cecilia, Rome and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw in December, returning home to perform their annual carol concert at the Royal Albert Hall (accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus) and to give a seasonal concert at the newly renovated Town Hall in Birmingham.
On Christmas Eve 2008 King's College Choir gave the 90th Nine Lessons and Carols service in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge. This tradition began in December 1918 as an antithesis to World War I and has been broadcast annually by the BBC since 1928, this year's service being the 80th BBC broadcast. King's College are very proud to be continuing their relationship with the BBC and the Nine Lessons and Carols service has become an integral part of Christmas to millions of listeners around the world.