Easter at King's

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.

Sung Compline

Monday 10 April 2017, 9.00pm

King’s College Choral Scholars

  • The Chaplain Cantor
  • The Dean Homilist

Music to include:

  • Palestrina Peccantem me quotidie
  • Lassus Nunc dimittis
A book at lunchtime: Mariner: a voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A book at lunchtime: Mariner: a voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Tuesday 11 April 2017, 1.00pm

Author and priest Malcolm Guite discusses his new book with Stephen Cherry, Dean of King’s College.

Malcolm Guite has established himself as one of the leading Christian poets of our time. This positions him to offer a distinctive reading of a poetic giant of the past, ST Coleridge. As expected, Mariner is exceptionally rich, penetrating and absorbing.
Jeremy Begbie, Duke University

Free entry

JS Bach St Matthew Passion

JS Bach St Matthew Passion

Tuesday 11 April 2017, 6.30pm
  • Jeremy Ovenden Evangelist
  • Neal Davies Christus
  • Brindley Sherratt Pilate/bass
  • Katharine Dain soprano
  • Reginald Mobley alto
  • Anthony Gregory tenor
  • King's College Choir
  • Choristers of St Catharine’s College Choir
  • Academy of Ancient Music
  • Stephen Cleobury conductor

King’s College Choir’s Holy Week performances of JS Bach’s Passions have become a standard feature of the Cambridge cultural calendar. In 2017, the Choir and Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury, are joined by the Academy of Ancient Music and a sterling cast of soloists for the ‘Great’ St Matthew Passion, a work unparalleled in its ability to evoke the emotional drama of Christ’s betrayal, suffering and crucifixion.

Tickets £40, £30, £20, £15 (£5 student standby) via

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God-curious: exploring eternal questions

A book at lunchtime: God-curious: exploring eternal questions

Wednesday 12 April 2017, 1.00pm

Stephen Cherry, Dean of King’s College, discusses his new book with the publisher Jessica Kingsley.

Drawing from the Bible and other texts, Cherry distils the theological quest into bite-sized units, focusing on ideas that relate to a contemporary audience seeking answers to their highest questions. “Theology today has a huge and complex agenda, which can perhaps be boiled down to one very short eternal question: What really matters?"
Publishers Weekly, February 2017

Free entry

Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time

Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time

Wednesday 12 April 2017, 7.30pm
  • Elena Urioste volin
  • Mark Simpson clarinet
  • Guy Johnston cello
  • Tom Poster piano

Messiaen recalled of the notably inauspicious premiere of his Quartet for the End of Time – outdoors, in the rain, at the notorious Stalag VIII-A prisoner of war camp – ‘Never was I listened to with such rapt attention and comprehension.’ More than half a century later, this other-worldly sequence, inspired by a passage from the Book of Revelation, has lost none of its power to captivate and inspire. Former King’s Chorister Guy Johnston joins rising stars Tom Poster, Mark Simpson and Elena Urioste for an evening of haunting and transformative musical introspection.

Tickets £35, £27, £22, £15 (£5 student standby) via
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Sung Compline

Sung Compline

Wednesday 12 April 2017, 9.00pm
  • King’s College Choral Scholars
  • The Dean Cantor
  • The Chaplain Homilist

Music to include:

  • Byrd  Bow thine ear, O Lord
  • Gibbons Nunc dimittis

Sung Eucharist with Stripping of the Altar

Thursday 13 April 2017, 5.30pm

King’s College Choir

Music to include:

  • Rheinberger Mass in E flat Op.109
  • Bruckner Christus factus est
Love was her meaning – the spirituality of Julian of Norwich

Love was his meaning – the spirituality of Julian of Norwich

Thursday 13 April 2017, 7.30pm
  • The King's Men
  • Joy Lisney cello
  • Donald MacLeod reader
  • Nicolette Zeeman reader
  • Stephen Cherry speaker

Although lost, hidden or ignored for centuries, the writings of Julian of Norwich are being rediscovered today as a rich source of theological wisdom and spiritual insight. Readings from Julian’s book will be introduced and interspersed with music for solo cello and choral pieces by The King’s Men including William Byrd’s Ne irascaris, Domine.

 

Tickets £10 (£5 student standby) via

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Ante-Communion and Veneration of the Cross

Ante-Communion and Veneration of the Cross

Friday 14 April 2017, 10.30am

King’s College Choir

Music to include:

  • Allegri Misere mei, Deus
  • Victoria St John Passion
  • King John IV of Portugal Crux fidelis

Choral Evensong

Friday 14 April 2017, 5.30pm

Choral Scholars of King’s College

Music to include:

  • Tallis Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet
Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem

Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem

Friday 14 April 2017, 7.30pm
  • MOZART Ave verum Corpus
  • BRUCKNER Christus factus est pro nobis
  • MENDELSSOHN Hör mein Bitten
  • BRAHMS Warum ist das Licht gegeben?
  • BRAHMS Ein Deutsches Requiem
     
  • Sarah-Jane Brandon soprano
  • Simon Keenlyside baritone
  • King's College Choir
  • Philharmonia Chorus
  • BBC Concert Orchestra
  • Stephen Cleobury conductor

Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem was written not for the dead, but for the living. The composer himself called it a ‘human’ requiem – other-worldly music to accompany those seeking to transcend the human condition. In this performance, the BBC Concert Orchestra joins forces with the Philharmonia Chorus, whose performances of Brahms’ beloved masterwork have been acclaimed for their full-bodied, expressive power. Simon Keenlyside and Sarah-Jane Brandon are the accomplished soloists.

 

Tickets £40, £30, £20, £15 (£5 student standby) via
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JS Bach St John Passion

Saturday 15 April 2017, 7.30pm
  • Mark Padmore Evangelist/director
  • Jacqueline Shave Violin/director
  • Britten Sinfonia Voices
  • Britten Sinfonia

Celebrated tenor and former King’s College Choral Scholar Mark Padmore has gained international acclaim for his interpretation of JS Bach’s great Passion settings. Bach’s music is ‘an endless journey of discovery’ for Padmore, who brings his ever-questing interpretive sensibility to this performance, in which he both sings with and directs Britten Sinfonia. Bach’s dramatic masterpiece is interspersed with sacred texts and poetry by TS Eliot, shedding new light on this well-known and beloved work.

*Please note there will be no interval during this performance

Tickets £40, £30, £20, £15 (£5 student standby) via
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Sung Eucharist

Sunday 16 April 2017, 10.30am

King’s College Choir

  • The Chaplain preacher

Music to include:

  • Schubert Mass in G

Festal Evensong with Procession

Sunday 16 April 2017, 3.30pm

King’s College Choir

Music to include:

  • Stanford Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in A
  • Mascagni Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana
Organ Recital

Organ Recital

Monday 17 April 2017, 5.30pm
  • JS BACH Prelude and Fugue in D major BWV532
  • JS BACH (trans. Mendelssohn) Chorale: ‘Ertöt uns durch dein Güte’ BWV22
  • MOZART Fantasia KV608
  • RACHMANINOFF (trans. Robilliard) L’ile des morts
  • DURUFLE Prélude et fugue sur le nom d’Alain
     

Thomas Ospital organ

Titulaire of the grand organ at St Eustache, Paris and Organist in Residence at the Maison de la Radio France, Thomas Ospital has quickly earned a place amongst the world’s finest concert organists. A prize-winner at the Chartres, Darasse, Saragossa and Angers competitions, Ospital presents a varied and dynamic Easter Monday programme on King’s College’s acclaimed Harrison & Harrison, recently significantly refurbished for the first time since the 1930s.

Tickets £10 (£5 student standby) via
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