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Easter at King's

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“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.

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

Bach: St Matthew Passion

Tuesday 15 April 2014, 6.30pm
The Chapel
Andreas Scholl

Andreas Scholl

JS Bach's St Matthew Passion is a monument of Western art. Combining moments of intense introspection with ravishing arias and jubilant choruses, it presents a profound meditation on the events of Good Friday — and on universal humanity, suffering and love. Andrew Kennedy continues the tradition of former King's choral scholars returning as soloists, taking the central role of the Evangelist.

JS Bach: St Matthew Passion

Andreas Scholl, countertenor
Andrew Kennedy, Evangelist

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

Tickets: sold out except for unsighted tickets at £5, available from The Shop at King's (01223 769342) or the online shop. View the seating plan.

Pre-concert talk (12.30pm, Keynes Hall, King's College): Distinguished Bach scholar, Dr Bettina Varwig, joins us for an for an informative and entertaining talk on Bach’s great work. She will be joined by some of the soloists in conversation about their experience of singing Bach. Admission Free, no ticket required.

In Conversation with Andreas Scholl

Wednesday 16 April 2014, 12.30pm
Beves Room, King's College

Donald Macleod, broadcaster and presenter of Radio 3’s Composer of the Week, in conversation with Andreas Scholl and harpsichordist and academic, Dr Tamar Halperin.

CDs will be available for signing after the discussion.

Admission Free, no ticket required.

A Tudor Passion

Wednesday 16 April 2014, 6.00pm
The Chapel
The King's Men
  • William Byrd: Lamentations of Jeremiah
  • Thomas Tallis: Lamentations of Jeremiah
  • Tudor Passion motets

The King’s Men (Choral Scholars of King’s)
Richard Lloyd Morgan reader

The King’s Men explore a sequence of Passiontide music and poetry from the Tudor period.

Tickets: £12 unreserved (£5 students)

Sung Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar

Thursday 17 April 2014, 5.30pm
The Chapel
  • Langlais: Messe solennelle
  • Duruflé: Ubi Caritas

King’s College Choir

Chamber Recital with Andreas Scholl and Friends

Thursday 17 April 2014, 8.00pm
The Chapel
Tamar Halperin

Tamar Halperin

  • Vivaldi: Stabat Mater
  • Vivaldi: Introduzione al Miserere, ‘Filiae Maestae Jerusalem’ RV 638
  • Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in D minor BWV 1052
  • Veracini: Sonata Op2 No12 in D minor

Andreas Scholl, countertenor
Tamar Halperin, harpsichord
Pavlo Beznosiuk, violin
Bojan Čičić, violin
Sarah McMahon, cello
Paula Chateauneuf, theorbo

A chamber recital for Maundy Thursday with Andreas Scholl and principals from The Academy of Ancient Music.

Scholl sings Vivaldi’s beautiful Stabat Mater, which he has toured with these players internationally. He also performs the moving Vivaldi’s Introduzione al Miserere ‘Filiae Maestae Jerusalem’, withits elegant central aria Sileant zephyri. Leading harpsichordist Dr Tamar Halperin performs a Bach concerto and the ensemble perform a dark and dramatic sonata by Veracini.

Tickets: £30, £25, £22, £15 (£5 student standby)

Meditation for Maundy Thursday

Thursday 17 April 2014, 9.30pm
The Chapel
Pavlo Beznosiuk

Pavlo Beznosiuk

  • Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri

English Voices
Pavlo Beznosiuk and friends
Tim Brown conductor

Equally devotional and theatrical, Buxtehude's remarkable cycle of seven cantatas sets a 13th century poem alongside biblical texts, focusing on seven parts of Christ's crucified body.

Admission free. A retiring collection will be taken to defray costs.

Ante-Communion and Veneration of the Cross

Friday 18 April 2014, 10.30am
The Chapel
  • Allegri: Miserere
  • Victoria: St John Passion
  • King John IV of Portugal: Crux Fidelis

King’s College Choir

Choral Evensong

Friday 18 April 2014, 5.30pm
The Chapel
  • Amner: Out of the Deep
  • Tallis: Suscipe quaeso Domine

Choral Scholars of King’s College

Stabat Mater

Friday 18 April 2014, 7.30pm
The Chapel
Stabat Mater poster
  • John Tavener: The Protecting Veil
  • Lutosławski: Lachrimosa
  • Szymanowski: Stabat Mater

Guy Johnston, cello
Aleksandra Zamojska, soprano
Anna Radziejewska, alto
Jarosław Bręk, baritone

BBC Concert Orchestra
Philharmonia Chorus
Stephen Cleobury Conductor

“a liberating, totally absorbing creation which sweeps the listener towards a different world”
(Sir Nicholas Kenyon on The Protecting Veil)

A celebration of the life of revered composer John Tavener with one of his most well known works. The Protecting Veil is a sublime meditation inspired by the Orthodox Feasts commemorating the life of the Virgin Mary, ending with her tears. Lutosławski’s searing Lachrimosa precedes Szymanowski’s beautiful Stabat Mater.

Tickets: £35, £30, £25, £18 (£5 student standby), available from The Shop at King's (01223 769342) or the online shop (for £35 and £18 tickets).

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The concert is being broadcast live by BBC Radio 3 and must start punctually. Please arrive in good time; latecomers will not be admitted until the interval.

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Pre-Concert Talk (4pm, Beves Room)
Tom Service, Radio 3 presenter and ardent champion of contemporary classical music will lead a discussion of the 20th century works by Tavener, Lutosławski and Szymanowski that will be broadcast by Radio 3 the same evening. He will be joined by Kingsman Robin Boyle, who publsihed both Tavener and Lutosławski, Martin Andreson from Toccata Press, and Dr. Katarzyna Zechenter, Lecturer in Polish Literature and Culture UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies. Join us for a lively and wide ranging discussion of these pieces. Admission Free, no ticket required.

Handel: Israel in Egypt

Saturday 19 April 2014, 7.00pm
The Chapel

Handel presented his new oratorio Israel in Egypt at London's Haymarket Theatre in 1739. Initially a box office disaster, it reached the popularity of Messiah after he revised the work shortly before his death. Using Old Testament texts narrating the flight of the Israelites, Handel's vivid musical palette is put to stunning use depicting events including the parting of the Red Sea and the joyful ending to the journey.

Handel: Israel in Egypt

Claire Debono, soprano
Katherine Watson soprano Robin Blaze, countertenor
Thomas Hobbs, tenor
Edward Grint, bass
James Oldfield, bass

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

Tickets: £50, £40, £30, £22, available from The Shop at King's (01223 769342) or the online shop. View the seating plan.

5.00pm Pre-Concert Talk: Handel’s Oratorio
Broadcaster and writer Stephen Johnson talks about tonight’s performance in conversation with the artists. Admission Free, no ticket required.

Sung Eucharist with Procession

Sunday 20 April 2014, 10.30am
The Chapel
  • Haydn: Kleine Orgelsolomesse
  • arr. Wood: This Joyful Eastertide

King’s College Choir
accompanied by chamber orchestra

Festal Evensong with Procession

Sunday 20 April 2014, 3.30pm
The Chapel
  • Woodward: Easter Anthems
  • Walmisley: Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in D minor
  • Wesley: Blessed be the God and Father

King’s College Choir

Organ Recital for Eastertide

Monday 21 April 2014, 4.00pm
The Chapel
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  • Dupré: Prelude et Fugue in B, Op 7, No 1
  • Messiaen: Prélude (1928)
  • Tournemire: Choral Alléluiatique, from L'Orgue mystique
  • Vierne: ‘Naiades’, from Pièces de Fantaisie Book 4, Op 55
  • Widor: From Symphonie Romane, Op 73
  • Choral – Final

Timothy Byram-Wigfield, organ

The eminent British organist and former King’s Chorister, Timothy Bryam-Wigfield, presents an exuberant and joyful programme from the French symphonic tradition for Easter. The programme culminates with two movements based on the ‘Haec Dies’ plainchant, by the father of the French Symphonic School, Charles-Marie Widor.

Tickets: £12 (£5 students)

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