King's College Choir sang this morning at the installation of the new Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Lord Sainsbury of Turville.
The ceremony took place in the Senate House, where the Choir sang 'Cities and Thrones and Powers' by Alexander Goehr, 'The Fayrfax Carol' by Thomas Ades and the 'Magnificat' by Giles Swayne.
Members of the Choir will also be performing at the Guild of Cambridge Benefactors' Ceremony this evening at the Senate House. Parker Ramsay, the junior Organ Scholar, will play the harp as the guests arrive and the Choral Scholars, Collegium Regale, will sing during the ceremony. They will also sing Grace at the Benefactors' Dinner, which will be held in King's later in the evening.
Last Saturday the Choir sang in the Foundation concert in the Chapel, which celebrated the founding of the college in 1441. The former Director of Music at King's, Sir Philip Ledger, conducted a piece in the concert (Parry's 'I Was Glad'). The Choir was joined by around 40 former members, many from Sir Philip's period at King's (1974–1982).
Tomorrow the Choir flies to Germany to sing at St Thomas' Church, Leipzig (see Choir concerts and tours).
Lord Sainsbury, who read History and Psychology at King's, was elected as the new Chancellor last October (see the news story).