Easter at King's


“Easter at King's goes from strength to multi-faceted strength”
BBC Music Magazine (March 2013)

In the twentieth century the name of King’s College became inextricably entwined with the celebration of Christmas across the English-speaking world. The twenty-first century has seen the very welcome and appropriate balancing of this through the inception, success and growth of Easter at King’s: a festival of services, concerts and talks for Holy Week and Easter.

Scroll down to find details of the concerts in this year's series.


Verdi Messa da Requiem

Friday 19 April 2019, 7.30pm

Ailish Tynan soprano
Jennifer Johnston mezzo-soprano
Brenden Gunnell tenor
James Platt bass

Philharmonia Chorus
BBC Concert Orchestra
Stephen Cleobury

Verdi Messa da Requiem

Derided by Hans von Bülow as ‘Verdi’s latest opera, albeit in ecclesiastical garb’, there has always been more to the Messa da Requiem than popular perception would have us believe. Refusing to let his imagination be constrained by the conventions of sacred music, Verdi brings all his dramatic powers to bear on a score now heralded as a masterpiece for its depiction of tragedy, redemption and the end of time. Stephen Cleobury conducts an evening of great singing and uninhibited emotion.

Tickets £45, £35, £25, £15 (concessions available), £5 student-standby via:
King’s College Visitor Centre | 01223 769340 | shop@kings.cam.ac.uk

Music for Holy Week

Saturday 20 April 2019, 7.30pm

James Gilchrist tenor
Edward Grint bass-baritone
Joy Lisney cello

The Choir of King’s College
Stephen Cleobury

Holloway Woefully arrayed
Leighton Crucifixus pro nobis Op.38
Joubert St Mark Passion

The St Mark Passion was one of the last significant works in John Joubert’s varied output. Known primarily for the popular choral miniatures Torches and There is no rose, Joubert shows himself a formidable and sensitive dramatist in this heartfelt retelling of the Passion story. Works for Passiontide by compositional contemporaries Kenneth Leighton and Robin Holloway complete this colourful and contemplative sequence.

Tickets £35, £27, £22, £15, £5 students (concessions available)via:
King’s College Visitor Centre | 01223 769340 | shop@kings.cam.ac.uk

Grand Organ Recital

Monday 22 April 2019, 5.30pm

Naji Hakim organ

Hakim Hagia Sofia
Hakim Ich liebe die farbenreiche Welt
Hakim O Filii et Filiæ
Hakim Suite Française
Hakim Trois Danses Basques
Hakim Ésquisses Grégoriennes

French-Lebanese organist Naji Hakim studied with Jean Langlais before embarking on an international career spanning performance, scholarship and composition. Claiming influences as diverse as Maronite chant, Lutheran chorale and the traditional music of various cultures, his works have received myriad accolades including the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, conferred by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007. Hakim’s programme explores Eastertide themes through recent compositions for grand organ, culminating in one of the spectacular improvisations for which he is well-known.

Tickets £12.50 (concessions available), £5 students via:
King’s College Visitor Centre | 01223 769340 | shop@kings.cam.ac.uk

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