Bryn Terfel sings in the Chapel

Bryn Terfel

International opera star Bryn Terfel sang in a charity concert in the Chapel on Monday 1 February. Bryn is renowned for his charismatic performing style and the extraordinary breadth of his work.

He was joined by King’s College Choir, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Cambridge University Music Society Chorus, and the men of King’s Voices (the College’s mixed choir). Stephen Cleobury will conduct.

The evening’s programme included Faure’s Requiem, welsh folk songs, Mozart’s aria Io ti lascio, and excerpts from Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah. In addition, the Philharmonia played Mozart’s Symphony no. 29 and King’s College Choir sung Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus.

Bryn Terfel with the Choir

Bryn Terfel meets the College Choir

Proceeds from the evening went to Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust and Friends of King's, which supports the Chapel and work of the College. In addition, a donation has been made to the Bryn Terfel Foundation which supports artists in the early stages of their career.

The concert was in memory of Margaret, Lady Thomas and Andrew O’Neill, made possible by the generosity of Sir John Meurig Thomas, former fellow of King's and Master of Peterhouse College.

Educational projects

The College organised two educational projects allied with the evening. On the morning of 1 February members of the Philharmonia Orchestra ran a workshop for children at Addenbrooke’s hospital. Music is shown to be beneficial to physical and mental health as well as providing an enjoyable and stimulating morning for children who are in hospital long term. John Lewis generously agreed to sponsor this work.

In the afternoon, 12 specially selected teenaged boy singers from around the county attended the rehearsal and had a chance to meet Bryn. These boys are already committed singers and we hope that this will be an inspiring afternoon for them.

28 January 2010