King's Voices, the mixed voice choir of King's College, was founded in October 1997 under the direction of Dr John Butt (Director of Studies for Music at King's, 1997-2001) to give the women of King's the opportunity to contribute vocally to the musical life of the College. The choir's current Director is Ben Parry, Assistant Director of Music at the College.
The choir has a regular programme of rehearsals and services and sings Evensong in the Chapel every Monday during University term. In addition to these services, King's Voices sings in the College Musical Society's Lent Term and May Week concerts, and performs both sacred and secular music at some of the College's formal dinners. Such events allow the choir to broaden its repertoire constantly, and although the choir's primary commitment is to its services in King's, it is always looking to extend its range of musical activities.
In March 2001, King's Voices went on tour for the first time, taking part in an exchange trip with the University Choir of Cologne. Since then the choir has visited one or more European city each year, including Venice, Florence, Bologna, Rome, Barcelona, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Dublin and Copenhagen.
Read a review of an April 2013 concert in Berlin.
Nearer to home, the choir has sung evensongs at local cathedrals (Ely, Bury St Edmunds) and has given concerts in churches throughout East Anglia.
Auditions and Choral Exhibitions
The choir is open to all members of King's College, but provision is also made for a few singers from outside the College, should spaces be available. All members of the choir are offered subsidies for singing lessons.
- If you have questions about singing in King's Voices and Choral Exhibitions, please contact Ben Parry (email@example.com)
- Any enquiries about booking the choir should be sent to one of the secretaries of King's Voices, Natassa Varka (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Katie Knowles (email@example.com).
- Some of the Student Perspectives are written by students who sing in King's Voices. See for example Jess (page 5), Tom (page 5), Helena (page 4), and Amber (page 2)
- Male students may also be interested in King's College Choir.
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