Arvo Pärt watches the Choir rehearse his new work

Arvo Pärt and Stephen Cleobury

Arvo Pärt (right) with Director of Music at King's Stephen Cleobury

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt came to King's last Friday to watch the Choir rehearse his new composition, Adam’s Lament. The Choir will sing the UK premiere of the work in Canterbury Cathedral on Friday 27 May, accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Pärt is one of Europe's best-known and distinctive composers. He is most famous for his sacred music, and in 2002 he wrote the commissioned carol for A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, the Christmas Eve service at King's.

The Canterbury Cathedral concert will also include Pärt’s exquisite Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten and works by Britten, Gorecki, Martinsson and Maw. The concert is part of the Sounds New 2011 Contemporary music festival, which this year features composers from the Baltic region. For more details see Choir concerts and tours.

16 May 2011