Funding needs and opportunities

The Choir welcomes gifts of all levels in support of its work. You can find specific funding opportunities below or see the King's members' website for more information on ways to make a gift.


Choir endowment £5,000,000
Endow the position of Director of Music £2,000,000
Fund a new composition £100,000
Fund a Choir recording £50,000
Sponsor a Choir mobile app £35,000
Sponsor King’s Voices, the College’s mixed choir, for a year £25,000
Sponsor a tour performance £25,000
Sponsor a Chorister for a year £5,000
Sponsor a webcast £250

Choir endowment – £5,000,000

The Choir standing in the Chapel

The College originally founded the King’s College Choir School to educate the 16 Choristers who sing in the Choir. Today the College supports the Choristers by paying school fees of £300,000 annually, as well as all of the expenses associated with the Choir.

The Choir does not have a dedicated endowment fund, and we believe it is essential to establish additional endowment to ensure the future of the Choir. In addition, our goal is to establish five fully endowed choristerships at the school; one has already been funded. There is also the opportunity to fund a single chorister each year for five years.

For information about how you can support this funding need, please contact Lorraine Headen in the King's Development Office (lorraine.headen@kings.cam.ac.uk).

Back to the top

Endow the position of Director of Music – £2,000,000

Stepehn Cleobury conducting the Choir

The consistently high standards achieved by the Choir owe much to the five musicians who have served as Director of Music in the last 140 years: A.H. Mann (1876), Boris Ord (1929); David Willcocks (1957), Philip Ledger (1974) and, since 1982, Stephen Cleobury.

Today, this post is considered to be the most prestigious choral directorship in the world. Endowing the position of Director of Music at King’s ensures the College can fill this position in the future with the highest calibre musicians. For information about how you can support this funding need, please contact Lorraine Headen in the King's Development Office (lorraine.headen@kings.cam.ac.uk).

Back to the top

Fund a new composition – £100,000

Choristers rehearsing

For decades, King’s College Choir has demonstrated a commitment to contemporary music by commissioning a large number of new pieces. On his appointment to Director of Music in 1982, Stephen Cleobury continued this by commissioning a new carol each year for inclusion in A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols; a tradition that continues to this day.

The first commissioned composer for this purpose was Lennox Berkeley (In Wintertime, 1983) and amongst those who have followed him are Thomas Adés, Judith Bingham, James MacMillan and John Rutter. New commissions are also regularly recorded for commercial release as well as for webcasts, and heard and performed by people around the world.

This endowment fund would also support and encourage student composers at King’s. For information about how you can support this funding need, please contact Lorraine Headen in the King's Development Office (lorraine.headen@kings.cam.ac.uk).

Back to the top

Fund a Choir recording – £50,000

Cover of Fauré's Requiem CD

King’s recordings have cemented the Choir’s reputation as one of the world’s most loved and renowned choirs. The Choir now releases four recordings a year on its “impeccable” own label, most recently Fauré’s Requiem, Favourite Carols from King’s and Hymn Anthems.

The Fauré has been in the Specialist Classical Chart for nearly half a year and is likely to become the College’s most successful release to date. It represents a successful partnership of touring and concert activity, has received outstanding reviews, and has led to additional concert performances with the OAE.

Making these staple recordings are only possible thanks to the generosity of those who support them. Some recordings may be sponsored for £15,000-25,000, depending on the repertoire.

For information about how you can support this funding need, please contact Lorraine Headen in the King's Development Office (lorraine.headen@kings.cam.ac.uk).

Back to the top

Sponsor a Choir mobile app – £35,000

A smartphone with a picture of the Choir on it

While the Choir has deep roots in musical history, it has always been at the forefront of technological innovation. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, was introduced at King’s in 1918 and was first broadcast by the BBC in 1928, making it the longest-established annual broadcast in history. The televised Christmas service, Carols from King’s, celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2014.

A large (and growing) proportion of the Choir’s online audiences use mobile devices to find out about choristerships and choral scholarships, to purchase recordings, to book concert tickets, and to listen to our webcasts. A mobile app will enable a significantly improved experience for the tens of thousands of people around the world who listen to Evensong through our website.

Features high on the wish list include use of imagery with the audio webcasts, notifications for new releases, and downloading for offline use. The app will also feature Chapel and visitor information, as well as links to the Choir School and the College Tutorial office.

For information about how you can support this funding need, please contact Lorraine Headen in the King's Development Office (lorraine.headen@kings.cam.ac.uk).

Back to the top

Sponsor King’s Voices, the College’s mixed choir, for a year – £25,000

King's Voices, the mixed voice choir of King's College, was founded in October 1997 under the direction of Dr John Butt to give the women of King's the opportunity to contribute vocally to the musical life of the College.

The choir has flourished as it approaches its 20th anniversary, performing regular services in the Chapel, including at major College events, and touring internationally.

In 2013 King’s appointed the Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Ben Parry, as Director of King’s Voices. Sponsorship of King’s Voices will support the choir in an exciting time in its development under Ben Parry, helping to provide for music costs, tuition subsidies and future touring.

For information about how you can support this funding need, please contact Lorraine Headen in the King's Development Office (lorraine.headen@kings.cam.ac.uk).

Back to the top

Sponsor a tour performance – £25,000

The XChoir outside the Sydney Opera House

In recent years King’s College Choir has travelled to the USA, China, Australia and a host of European countries. Performing abroad allows the Choir not only to enhance its international reputation and relationships, but to engage in educational and philanthropic activities across the globe.

Touring is one of the more expensive activities the Choir undertakes, and the future of this programme relies on the generosity of those who support King’s. A gift of £25,000 will sponsor a performance of the full choir at a single venue; a gift of £3,000 will sponsor educational and cultural activities for the choristers and scholars while on tour.

For information about how you can support this funding need, please contact Lorraine Headen in the King's Development Office (lorraine.headen@kings.cam.ac.uk).

Back to the top

Sponsor a Chorister for a year – £5,000

A Chorister rehearsing

In addition to covering a significant amount of the Choristers’ school fees, King’s College contributes further to the education of the Choristers through the purchase of sheet music, singing and instrumental tuition, masterclasses, travel, and other educational opportunities.

Sponsoring a chorister for a year will cover the costs of these additional expenses. For information about how you can support this funding need, please contact Lorraine Headen in the King's Development Office (lorraine.headen@kings.cam.ac.uk).

Back to the top

Sponsor a webcast – £250

Microphones hanging from the Chapel ceiling

Since 2013, King’s has released recordings of Chapel services, organ recitals, and other events every week of the year as webcasts. Thanks to the generousity of those that support them, these are free to listen online and are enjoyed by many thousands around the world. 

Sponsoring a webcast for £250 will help to keep this much-loved facility free and fully accessible, and each sponsored webcast can include a message of thanks to the sponsor. You can support the webcasts today with an online donation, or you can contact Lorraine Headen in the King's Development Office.

Contact

Lorraine Headen
Development Office
King's College
Cambridge CB2 1ST

Email: lorraine.headen@kings.cam.ac.uk

Support the Choir | Choir | Back to the top