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.

The full Easter at King's programme will be announced later this year.

 

JS Bach: St John Passion

Tuesday 27 March 2018, 7.30pm

JS Bach St John Passion

  • Nicholas Mulroy Evangelist/tenor
  • Neal Davies Christus
  • Anna Dennis soprano
  • David Allsopp alto
  • William Gaunt bass
  • The Choir of King’s College
  • Academy of Ancient Music
  • Stephen Cleobury conductor

Easter at King’s begins with a Passiontide performance of JS Bach’s dramatic St John Passion. Stephen Cleobury conducts the Choir of King’s College, the Academy of Ancient Music and a sterling cast led by internationally renowned Evangelist, Nicholas Mulroy.

Tickets £40, £30, £20, £15 (£5 student standby, concessions available) via:
King’s College Visitor Centre  |  01223 769340  |  shop@kings.cam.ac.uk

Joy & James Lisney

Wednesday 28 March 2018, 7.30pm

JS Bach Ciaccona in D minor
Beethoven Sonata in A Op.69
Britten Suite No.3 Op.87
Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel

  • Joy Lisney cello
  • James Lisney piano

Joy Lisney is one of the most exciting young musicians to emerge in recent years in a career combining the cello with composition and conducting. Alongside acclaimed concert pianist James Lisney, she presents a meditative evening of chamber music by JS Bach, Beethoven and Britten, culminating in Arvo Pärt’s spellbinding Spiegel im Spiegel.

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

'Blazing Harmonies': the spirit of Etty Hillesum

Thursday 29 March 2018, 7.30pm
  • Ben Harlan clarinet
  • Matthew Sharp cello
  • Jon Banks accordion
  • Iris Pissaride santouri
  • Rosie Hilal Etty Hillesum
  • Donald Macleod narrator

The wartime diaries of Etty Hillesum are increasingly widely admired for their searing honesty and integrity, and their astonishing insights. As circumstances and personality force Etty to find God within herself, she also finds new depths of love and beauty. Readings from the diaries are interspersed with dynamic improvisations from the acclaimed group ZRI to forge a powerful and memorable presentation of her spirit, devised by Stephen Cherry, Dean of King’s College.

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

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

Friday 30 March 2018, 7.30pm

Elgar The Dream of Gerontius

  • Brenden Gunnell tenor
  • Kathryn Rudge mezzo-soprano
  • Henry Waddington baritone
  • Philharmonia Chorus
  • BBC Concert Orchestra
  • Stephen Cleobury conductor

Edward Elgar’s remarkable setting of John Henry Newman’s The Dream of Gerontius displays an eclectic range of influences – from Wagner to Verdi – and yet achieves a dramatic and musical unity unsurpassed in his choral output. The soul’s journey, through death and judgement to purgatory with the promise of a final re-awakening to glory, are told here by a peerless trio of soloists alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Philharmonia Chorus. Easter at King’s Artistic Director Stephen Cleobury conducts.

£40, £30, £20, £15 (£5 student standby, concessions available) via:
King’s College Visitor Centre  |  01223 769340  |  shop@kings.cam.ac.uk

The Choir of King's College

Saturday 31 March 2018, 7.30pm

Palestrina Stabat Mater
Tallis Incipit lamentatione Ieremiae Prophetae
Poulenc Lenten Motets
Lassus Stabat Mater
Tallis De lamentatione Ieremiae Prophetae
Brahms Warum ist das Licht gegeben?
Brahms Schaffe in mir, Gott

  • The Choir of King’s College
  • Stephen Cleobury conductor

The events of Lent and Holy Week have inspired composers over the centuries to write some of their most profound and enduring works. In this choral recital, Stephen Cleobury conducts the Choir of King’s College in two great settings of the Stabat Mater by Palestrina and Lassus, Tallis’ dramatic Lamentations of Jeremiah and apposite motets by Brahms and Poulenc.

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 2 April 2018, 5.30pm

Parry Fantasia and Fugue in G, Op.188
JS Bach O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig BWV618
Jackson Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen
Planyavsky Nun gibt mein Jesus gute Nacht (world premiere)
JS Bach Heut triumphiret Gottes Sohn BWV630
Schumann Mässig & Lebhaft from Six Fugues on BACH Op.60
Liszt Fantasia on ‘Ad nos, ad salutarem undam’

  • William Whitehead organ

Easter at King’s closes with a recital given by William Whitehead, winner of the Odense International Organ Competition and curator of the Orgelbüchlein Project, a major international composition project to complete JS Bach’s Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book). Seasonal chorale preludes by JS Bach intermingle with new works by Gabriel Jackson and Peter Planyavsky, in a sequence culminating in Liszt’s gothic masterpiece ‘Ad nos, ad salutarem undam'.

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

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