Easter at King's

Easter at King's

“Easter at King's goes from strength to multi-faceted strength”
BBC Music Magazine (March 2013)

Easter at King's was started in 2004 and has grown into an enormously popular series of concerts and services for the Easter period. Some of the concerts and services are broadcast on BBC Radio 3. A service recorded for television, 'Easter from King's', is broadcast by BBC2 over the Easter period.

Download the 2015 programme and booking form or browse the listing below.

Enquiries: For general enquiries please contact the series organiser, Sarah Chambre ( ).

Easter Festival launch event

Monday 30 March 2015, 5.30pm
The Chapel
Juliet Stevenson

Juliet Stevenson, reader
Rowan Williams, speaker
Guy Johnston, cello
Bruce Herman & Makoto Fujimura, artists

Acclaimed actress Juliet Stevenson reads TS Eliot’s poetry interleaved with music by Bach for cello. TS Eliot expert and esteemed theologian Dr Rowan Williams will speak on Four Quartets and the artists will introduce their works.

Tickets: £10, available from The Shop at Kings (01223 769340).

Sung Compline

Monday 30 March 2015, 10.00pm
The Chapel

English Voices
Tim Brown, Director
Stephen Cherry, Dean - Homilist
Richard Lloyd Morgan, Chaplain – Canto

Messiaen: Visions de l’Amen

Tuesday 31 March 2015, 7.30pm
The Chapel
Cordelia Williams

Cordelia Williams

This work, composed on Messiaen’s release from a prisoner of war camp, where he composed the Quartet for the End of Time, was first performed in a secret art gallery in Nazi occupied Paris. Tonight’s performance will aptly take place in the centre of our art exhibition. It explores the meanings of Amen and is in the key of A major, which for Messiaen was the tonality of luminous blue, of the sky and of Paradise.

Cordelia Williams, piano
Jeremy Begbie, piano

Tickets: £18 unreserved (£5 student standby), available from The Shop at Kings (01223 769340).

Pre-concert talk, 6.30pm: Rowan Williams speaks on 'Messiaen and New Creation'. Admission Free, no ticket required.

Sung Compline

Tuesday 31 March 2015, 10.00pm
The Chapel

English Voices
Tim Brown, Director
Stephen Cherry, Dean - Homilist
Richard Lloyd Morgan, Chaplain – Canto

Poetry & Music

Wednesday 1 April 2015, 1.30pm
Fitzwilliam Museum
Jeremy Begbie

Jeremy Begbie

Award-winning poet Micheal O’Siadhail reads from his work in progress, Five Quintets, an exploration of how faith has responded to modernity.

The poetry is interwoven with piano music specially written by Jeremy Begbie, performed by Cordelia Williams.

Entrance free by token. Retiring collection.

Rossini: Stabat Mater

Wednesday 1 April 2015, 7.30pm
The Chapel
Rachel Nicholls

Rachel Nicholls

“With its magical fusion of heartfelt solemnity and devotion with theatrical drama and joyous melodies, some argue that this represents the summation of Rossini’s art.”
(Graham Rogers, BBC Review 2011)

  • Brahms: Nänie
  • Haydn: Symphony no 49 "La Passione"
  • Rossini: Stabat Mater

Rachel Nicholls, soprano
Pamela Helen Stephen, mezzo soprano
Henry Waddington, bass

Philharmonia Chorus
BBC Concert Orchestra
Stephen Cleobury, conductor

There will be an interval in this concert.

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

Please note: This concert will be broadcast live on BBC 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.

We have deferred the performance of Simaku The Rose of the World for technical reasons and will replace the work with Haydn Symphony no 49 "La Passione".

Sung Compline

Wednesday 1 April 2015, 10.00pm
The Chapel

English Voices
Tim Brown, Director
Stephen Cherry, Dean - Homilist
Richard Lloyd Morgan, Chaplain – Canto

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, available from The Shop at Kings (01223 769340).

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

I Fagiolini

Thursday 2 April 2015, 7.30pm
The Chapel
  • Schütz: St John Passion

I Fagiolini

This beautiful and austere setting is split into three parts, each punctuated with the rich polyphony of Victoria’s Lamentations for Maundy Thursday, providing Old Testament-texted polyphony to reflect on.

Tickets: £15 (£5 student standby), available from The Shop at Kings (01223 769340).

Meditation for Maundy Thursday

Thursday 2 April 2015, 9.00pm
The Chapel
I Faglioni

I Fagiolini

  • Schütz: Seven Last Words
  • Victoria: Tenebrae Responsories

I Fagiolini
English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble

Victoria’s powerful Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday are again contrasted with the rarely heard Schütz. Between them are ornamented cornett realisations of Holy Week motets.

Tickets £15 (students £5). Attend both I Fagiolini concerts for £25. Tickets available from The Shop at Kings (01223 769340).

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

Choral Evensong

Friday 3 April 2015, 5.30pm
The Chapel
  • Byrd: Canticles
  • Tallis: The Lamentations of Jeremiah

Choral Scholars of King’s College

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

The trebles of Trinity School, London and Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, London
Britten Sinfonia Voices
Britten Sinfonia
James MacMillan, conductor

Tickets: £30, £25, £15 (£5 unsighted), available from The Shop at Kings (01223 769340).

Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Magdalen College Choir, Oxford and New College Choir, Oxford are now unable to perform in this concert. Britten Sinfonia is extremely grateful to the trebles of Trinity School, London and Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, London for agreeing to perform instead. We are delighted to have these two choirs

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), available from The Shop at Kings (01223 769340).

Sung Eucharist with Procession

Sunday 5 April 2015, 10.30am
The Chapel

Mozart: Missa brevis in D K194

King’s College Choir
accompanied by chamber orchestra
Richard Lloyd Morgan, Preacher

Festal Evensong with Procession

Sunday 5 April 2015, 3.30pm
The Chapel
  • Howells: Collegium Regale
  • Vaughan Williams: Rise heart! thy Lord is risen

King’s College Choir

Organ recital: David Goode

Sunday 5 April 2015, 7.30pm
The Chapel
David Goode

A glorious sequence of seasonal music on the magnificent King’s organ by King’s alumnus David Goode.

Including works by Bach, Messiaen and Tournemire.

David Goode, organ

Tickets: £10, 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.

Mahler: Resurrection Symphony

Saturday 25 April 2015, 7.00pm
The Chapel
David Briggs

David Briggs

Organ arrangement with chorus and soloists.

David Briggs’ stunning arrangement, premiered in New York, will be an extraordinary experience and show the magnificent organ and Chapel acoustic to full effect.

David Briggs, organ
Rachel Bowden, soprano
Phillipa Thomas, mezzo soprano

CUMS Chorus Stephen Cleobury, conductor

Admission free with a retiring collection to defray the costs.

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