2015 is the 500th anniversary of the completion of the stonework of the Chapel. The foundation stone was laid in the 1440s by Henry VI, but it wasn't until the reign of Henry VIII that the shell of the Chapel (including the roof and vaults) was completed.
King's is celebrating this quincentenary with a special concert series, a new book about the Chapel, and with a series of events, talks and online exhibitions. Please check back as more events are added throughout the year.
- Organ Gala with Thomas Trotter (11 November)
- ’15 Concert Series: An die Musik, celebrating 1815 (14 November)
- Debates from King’s: the Legacy of John Maynard Keynes (16 November)
- Christmas Presence with the King’s Singers (4 December)
- Special sermons: sermons about King's divines and about the learning and research associated with the Chapel.
- King's 500 Contemporary Music Festival: Epiphany Through Music (9 - 11 October): a celebration of the contribution the Chapel and its associated composers have made to British Culture.
- King’s Review – ‘Building the Future’ (27 - 28 October)
- Samuel Beckett in the Chapel (2 – 7 November)
- Mendelssohn Celebration (9 July): King’s alumnus and award-winning conductor Edward Gardner helps celebrate the Chapel 500th.
- Bach Celebration (10 July): Alumnus John Butt directs a programme of Bach.
- The Eton Choirbook (3 March): a concert in which the Choir sang some of the pieces their earliest predecessors would have sung.
- Contemporary music in the Chapel (22 April): music by young King's composers as well as more established composers.
- Sequence of Words and Music to Mark the Anniversary of the Completion of the Stone Fabric of the Chapel: an evensong held on 20 January to celebrate the 500th anniversary. Download the service booklet.
Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize Lecture 2015
"Persuasion and Democracy"
(Nobel Laureate, Fellow of Trinity College, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, Harvard University)
8 June 2015, 6.45pm in the Chapel. Tickets are free and available from the Porter's Lodge
A book about the Chapel has been published to mark the anniversary. King's College Chapel 1515–2015. Art, Music and Religion in Cambridge contains seventeen new essays exploring the artistic, musical, religious and cultural history of the Chapel.
A sequence of seven short films featuring the Chapel’s stained glass windows and the choir Philharmonia Voices have been created to help mark the 500th anniversary of the completion of King’s College Chapel.
The films were published on the website over Holy Week and Easter. For details see The Sword in the Soul.
The Archive Centre at King's has put together an online exhibition tracing the early history of the Chapel, from the laying of its foundation stone in the 1440s to the completion of the stonework in 1515.
See the online exhibition.
Special edition stamps
A specially designed sheet of ten stamps has been produced to mark the Chapel 500th. The design has been approved by Royal Mail, who have also printed the stamps.
The stamp sheets are a limited edition of 500 and are not available in Post Offices. You can order them online from bfdc.co.uk or by cheque from BFDC Ltd, 3 Link Road, Leicester LE2 3RA. Cheques must be made payable to BFDC Ltd. Each sheet costs £29.95, which includes postage to anywhere in the world.
The Chapel 500th logo
The Chapel 500th logo was designed by King's student Pat Dunachie. Pat is a third year undergraduate and is the President of the King’s College Music Society and a Choral Scholar.