King's College Choir is taking control of its recording output and launching its own record label. The first release under the new label will be Nine Lessons & Carols on 22 October 2012.
The Choir has released more than 100 albums with EMI and Decca, selling millions of copies worldwide. But its own label will give it unprecedented freedom to manage its recording portfolio.
The Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury, said: "I am delighted that this new development will allow the Choir to spread its wings in terms of recordings, which have been such an integral part of our life going back so many years.
"We will also be able to record more adventurous repertoire as well as bringing a fresh look at some of the most important pieces from the choral literature."
The Choir’s first disc, Nine Lessons & Carols, will include traditional carols as well as commissioned carols by Mark-Anthony Turnage, Tansy Davies, Dominic Muldowney, Gabriel Jackson, Brett Dean and Einojuhani Rautavaara. It will also include a new work called All Bells in Paradise, which was especially written for the CD by the renowned choral composer John Rutter.
Nine Lessons & Carols will be available from The Shop at King's, all good record stores, and for digital download from 22 October 2012.
The second release on the new label will be Mozart's Requiem, which is planned for next spring. The recording will draw upon the best musical scholarship available, reflecting the College's role as a place of education, learning and research.