Choir concerts and tours

Apart from singing choral services during term time, the Choir also tour and sing in concerts in the Chapel.

The Eton Choirbook

Tuesday 3 March 2015, 5.30pm
The Chapel
Stephen Cleobury

Stephen Cleobury

A service of plainsong Vespers from the earliest days of the Choir’s existence and including music from the Eton Choirbook. Curated by Stephen Cleobury.

King’s College Choir
Stephen Cleobury conductor

Members of the public are welcome to attend all services at King’s College; no tickets are required.

Note: This service will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Please be seated by 5.25pm and turn off all audible devices.

A concert of this repertoire will be given on Wednesday 4 February at the Kings Place, London.

Foundation Concert: Haydn Celebration

Saturday 14 March 2015, 5.30pm
The Chapel
John Wallace

John Wallace

John Wallace, alumnus, is a well known and virtuoso exponent of Haydn’s ground-breaking trumpet concerto. Haydn’s Mass in Time of War is one of his celebrated late mass settings.

  • Haydn: Te Deum
  • Haydn: Organ concerto in C
  • Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E flat
  • Haydn: Paukenmesse – Missa in Tempore Belli

John Wallace, trumpet
Douglas Tang, organ
Helen Groves, soprano
Michael Chance, countertenor
Matthew Sandy, tenor
Stephen Varcoe bass

King’s Choral Scholars past and present
Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra
Stephen Cleobury, conductor

Tickets: £40, £30, £22, £15 (£5 students), available from The Shop at Kings (01223 769340).

Choir concert, New York

Friday 20 March 2015, 7.30pm
Saint Thomas Church, New York

For details see the St Thomas Church website.

Choir concert, Washington (USA)

Saturday 21 March 2015, 5.00pm
Washington National Cathedral, USA

Choir concert, Minneapolis

Monday 23 March 2015, 7.30pm
Cathedral of St Paul, Minneapolis

Details to be confirmed. See the Cathedral of Saint Paul website.

Choir concert, Chicago

Tuesday 24 March 2015, 7.30pm
Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago

Details to be comnfirmed. See the Fourth Presbyterian Church website.

Choir concert, Dallas

Thursday 26 March 2015, 7.30pm
Church of the Incarnation, Dallas

Programme to be confirmed. Tickets: $35. See the Church of the Incarnation website.

European Passion

Thursday 2 April 2015, 1.00pm
The Chapel
The King's Men

The King’s Men – the choral scholars of King’s College – present a dynamic programme of 16th century music from all over Europe.

From Flemish masters Giaches de Wert and Orlando di Lassus to perhaps the most maverick and adventurous composer of the entire century, the murderous prince Carlo di Gesualdo, this critically acclaimed vocal group will explore musical responses to the Passion story from all over the continent.

Tickets: £10

Sung Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar

Thursday 2 April 2015, 5.00pm
The Chapel
  • Rheinberger: Mass in E flat for double choir
  • Bruckner: Christus factus est

King’s College Choir
Stephen Cherry, Preacher

Ante-Communion and Veneration of the Cross

Friday 3 April 2015, 10.30am
The Chapel
Choristers singing
  • Allegri: Miserere
  • Victoria: St John Passion
  • King John IV of Portugal: Crux Fidelis

King’s College Choir

James MacMillan: St Luke Passion

Friday 3 April 2015, 7.30pm
The Chapel
James Macmillan

James Macmillan

James MacMillan’s new Passion will sound breathtaking in the Chapel. Arising out of a collaboration with scholars from Cambridge and Duke University, MacMillan sets the passage in the Luke’s Gospel describing the suffering and death of Jesus.

The music is flooded with influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and Celtic folk music. He has said “Bach’s music proves that the Passion of Christ has deep beginnings and profound resonance, even for modern man: he opened up a window on the divine love affair with humanity. The greatest calling for an artist, in any age, is to do the same.”

James MacMillan: St Luke Passion

Choristers of King’s College, Magdalen College
Britten Sinfonia Voices
Britten Sinfonia
James MacMillan, conductor

Tickets: £30, £25, £15 (£5 unsighted)

A co-promotion with Britten Sinfonia with generous support from Duke Divinity School.

Bach St John Passion

Saturday 4 April 2015, 6.30pm
The Chapel
Ben Johnson

While the St Matthew Passion is widely admired for what might be called its epic proportions, the John, in contrast, presents the dramatic narrative with a more concentrated sense of urgency. Many of the arias are, nevertheless, deeply reflective and expressive, none more so than Es ist vollbracht!, in which the countertenor and the viola da gamba weave their melodies together in the most beguiling way.

An all star cast joins the Choir and the Academy of Ancient Music for our much-loved Passion performance.

Ben Johnson, Evangelist
Christopher Purves, Christus
Mary Bevan, soprano
Robin Blaze, countertenor
Ed Lyon, tenor
Ashley Riches, bass

King’s College Choir
Academy of Ancient Music
Stephen Cleobury, conductor

Tickets: £50, £40, £30, £22 (£5 unsighted and student standby)

The AniMotion Show

Saturday 25 April 2015, 7.30pm
The Chapel
Evelyn Glennie and Maria Rud

Evelyn Glennie and Maria Rud

A unique and unforgettable fusion of live art, live music, projection and architecture created to celebrate the Chapel’s 500th Anniversary. As Evelyn Glennie performs, Russian artist Maria Rud paints live, her images beamed onto the side of the Chapel by projection artist Ross Ashton. Featuring King’s College Choir, soprano Rebecca Tavener and the world premiere of a new arrangement by James MacMillan.

A spectacular outdoor event for all ages. Suitable footwear and warm clothing are advised.

Evelyn Glennie, percussion
Maria Rud, painting
Ross Ashton, projection
Rebecca Tavener, soprano
King’s College Choir

Admission free with a retiring collection to defray the costs.

Please note that the time is to be confirmed.

Giovanni Gabrieli and Venice

Friday 19 June 2015, 7.30pm
The Chapel


In 1615, with Monteverdi in charge and Gabrieli's Symphoniae Sacrae hot off the presses, the music of St. Mark's Basilica was unparalleled.

  • G Gabrieli: Music from the 1615 Collection
  • Works by Monteverdi and Lassus

Curated by Iain Fenlon

King’s College Choir
His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts
Stephen Cleobury conductor

Tickets: £25, £18, £15, £12 (£5 students, unsighted), available from The Shop at Kings (01223 769340).

Singing on the River

Sunday 21 June 2015, 7.30pm
River Cam, King's College
The King's Men in punts

The King’s Men celebrate the 500th birthday of King’s College Chapel with music from every century.

A quintessentially Cambridge summer evening picnicking on the riverbank and listening to close harmony arrangements sung from a punt on the river.

Tickets: £12 (£5 students, children under 12 free)

Organ Gala

Wednesday 11 November 2015, 5.30pm
The Chapel
Thomas Trotter

Thomas Trotter

The magnificent organ is a vital and much loved part of the musical heritage of the Chapel and has an important role in the anniversary celebrations. This concert is devised to showcase the organ and the Chapel acoustic. The organ will sound magnificent in the gifted hands of Thomas Trotter, King’s alumnus and one of our great organists.

After the 2015 Nine Lessons and Carols service, the organ will fall silent for 9 months for essential repairs. This concert will raise money for the organ restoration and repair fund.

  • Widor: Toccata arr. Willcocks
  • Berlioz: Te Deum
  • Saint Saëns: Organ Symphony

Thomas Trotter, organ
King’s College Choir
CUMS Chorus
BBC Concert Orchestra
Stephen Cleobury, conductor

Curated by Flora Wilson.

Tickets: £60, £40, £30, £22, £15 (£5 student), available from The Shop at Kings (01223 769340).

Please note: This concert will be broadcast live on Radio 3. Please take your seats by 7.25pm. Late comers will be admitted to the unsighted area via the northeast door as there is no interval. Please turn off all audible devices.

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