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Easter Festival

Easter at King's 2010

Stained glass image of a preacherEaster at King's, now in its fifth year, has grown into an enormously popular series of Easter concerts and services at King's College, Cambridge.

You can download the programme for Easter at King's 2010. Highlights include King's College Choir and the Academy of Ancient Music performing Bach's St Matthew Passion, and James MacMillan's St John Passion, which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. The box office for concert tickets will open on 25 January 2010 (tel. 01223 357851).

Easter services 2010

  • Maundy Thursday 1 April
    5.30pm Sung Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar
  • Good Friday 2 April
    10.30am Ante-Communion and Veneration of the Cross
    5pm Choral Evensong
  • Easter Day Sunday 4 April
    10.30am Sung Eucharist with Procession
    3.30pm Festal Evensong

Easter at King's 2009

Messiah transmitted live to cinemas around the world

This year the series saw a major new development: it went global with the cornerstone of the Festival, the King's Choir's performance of Handel's Messiah, which was transmitted live into cinemas across Europe and North America. It was the first ever, live, simultaneous screening of a choral concert in cinemas in different countries.

DVD cover for 'Messiah'

CD and DVD on sale now

EMI Classics have released a recording of the concerts on CD and DVD. Listen to excerpts:

'Surely, He hath borne our griefs'

'Hallelujah' chorus

You can buy the CD and DVD from our online shop or The Shop at King's, King's Parade, Cambridge.

Watch an excerpt from the DVD. Click on the player below (requires Flash player):

Performances took place on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 April. The concert on 5 April was broadcast around the UK, Europe and North America. Cambridge audiences saw it at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse. There were also screenings in a dozen London cinemas such as Empire Leicester Square and the Gate Picturehouse, Notting Hill.

Watch the trailer for the live concerts below (requires Adobe Flash Player).

Easter at King's included no less than two public performances of Messiah, probably the most popular choral work there is. The concerts started the Festival off on 4 and 5 April, and was performed by the renowned Academy of Ancient Music conducted by King's Director of Music Stephen Cleobury.

The Easter Festival is a week of concerts and services in the Chapel. Director Stephen Cleobury selects music suitable for the Christian season of Holy Week and Easter.

The full programme for 2009 was:

  • Sat 4, Sun 5 Handel Messiah (two performances)
  • Tues 7 amarcord sing Renaissance music for Holy Week
  • Weds 8 Bach St John Passion
  • Thurs 9 Maggini Quartet plays Peter Maxwell Davies Metafore sul Borromini
  • Fri 10 BBC Singers perform Landowski, Poulenc, Bingham
  • Sat 11 Haydn: Te Deum, Salve Regina, Trumpet Concerto, Grosse Orgelsolomesse
  • Mon 13 Simon Preston plays Bach and Messiaen Les corps glorieux

See the 2009 Easter Festival brochure.

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