Concerts at King's

Concerts at King's is an annual series of concerts organised by King's Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury. You can find other concerts on the Easter at King's and More concerts pages.

The programme is performed by various ensembles and orchestras, including the Dante Quartet, and the Cambridge University's Musical Society (CUMS).

Download the 2015 programme and booking form

Contemporary music festival (9 - 11 October): Concerts at King's has helped organise a contemporary music festival, which takes place this October. See King's 500 Contemporary Music Festival: Epiphany Through Music.

Samuel Beckett in dialogue with King’s College Chapel

Monday 2 November 2015, 8.00pm
The Chapel

Held daily from Monday 2- Friday 6 November.

Photo projected on a Chapel door

A multi-media event curated by Peter de Bolla and Christopher Prendergast in the context of the 2015 commemorative events to mark the 500th anniversary of the completion of the Chapel.

The centerpiece of the event is varied projections of the photography of John Haynes, the renowned theatre photographer at the Royal Court in the heyday of its great Beckett productions, some directed by Beckett himself. The projections are embedded in a complex audio and video environment involving image, voice, music, sound and text.

For details see the event web page.

Tickets: £10 (£3 students), available from The Visitor Centre, King's Parade, Cambridge (01223 769340) or the online shop.

Inspired by Beckett

Saturday 7 November 2015, 8.30pm
The Chapel
Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett

John Tilbury, pianist/composer

John Tilbury is a pianist and composer, who will play on both organ and piano some of his pieces inspired by and based on Beckett texts.

Tickets: £12 (£5 students), available from The Visitor Centre, King's Parade, Cambridge (01223 769340) or the online shop.

Organ Gala

Wednesday 11 November 2015, 7.30pm
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.

Please note: This concert starts at 7.30pm will be broadcast live on Radio 3. Please take your seats by 7.25pm. Please turn off all audible devices. Latecomers please wait quietly at the South Door of the Chapel, and you will be admitted after the Widor Toccata.

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

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

Curated by Flora Willson.

Tickets: SOLD OUT but a waiting list is in place. Contact The Visitor Centre, King's Parade, Cambridge (01223 769340) .

Cambridge Music Festival logo In partnership with the Cambridge Music Festival.

An die Musik

Saturday 14 November 2015, 8.30pm
The Chapel
James Gilchrist

James Gilchrist

1815 was a very productive year for both Beethoven and Schubert. Beethoven composed two cello sonatas and many songs. In the following year, he composed An die ferne Geliebte, considered to be the prototype for the song cycle.

Schubert wrote an astonishing number of songs in that year, including the much admired Der Erlkönig. His An die Musik was written in 1817 but sums up the spirit of this concert so beautifully that we have taken the liberty of appropriating it.

Two celebrated Kings’ alumni join the distinguished cellist, former King’s chorister Guy Johnston, to form an enticing chamber partnership.

  • Beethoven: Cello sonatas op.102
  • Beethoven: Piano Sonata op.90
  • Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte
  • Schubert: 1815 songs to include ‘Der Erlkönig’

James Gilchrist, tenor
Guy Johnston, cello
Tom Poster, piano

Curated by Nick Marston

Tickets: £18 (students free), available from The Visitor Centre, King's Parade, Cambridge (01223 769340) or the online shop.

Arvo Pärt: Passio

Wednesday 18 November 2015, 7.30pm
The Chapel
Concert poster for Pärt's Passio

King’s College Choir has had a strong association with the music of Arvo Pärt for many years. In Passio the choir, as in so many Passio settings, represents the Crowd, here performing with a small, tellingly deployed, ensemble of six voices, Christ, Pilate and a quartet (Narrator), together with five instruments, violin, oboe, cello, bassoon and, with great dramatic effect, organ.

Edward Grint, Jesus
Ben Johnson, Pilate
King’s College Choir
Stephen Cleobury, conductor

Tickets £25, £18, £10 (£5 student standby), available from the King’s College Visitor Centre, King’s Parade, Cambridge (01223 769340).

Christmas Presence

Friday 4 December 2015, 6.30pm
The Chapel
The King's Singers

The King’s Singers

An evening of seasonal music to include Howells and Poulenc and close harmony arrangements. The ‘superlative vocal sextet’ (The Independent) will perform from different parts of the Chapel, taking full advantage of its celebrated acoustic. They will also perform the winning entry from the A Carol for Christmas competition.

Tickets: Antechapel £25, £22, £15; Choir (unreserved) £12 (students £5 on the door); available from The Visitor Centre, King's Parade, Cambridge (01223 769340) or the online shop. For Gala dinner tickets please email

A Carol for Christmas Competition

An opportunity for composers across the nation to have a carol performed in the stunning setting of King’s College, Cambridge this December, published by Novello & Co. Ltd, and recorded by Classic FM.

Workshop, 2pm, King’s College Chapel

An afternoon workshop is open to the public to hear youth choirs work on the winning carols from the A Carol for Christmas competition. With John Rutter, Stephen Cleobury and The King’s Singers. Tickets £7 (£3 students).

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