Next Wednesday (29 February) BBC Radio 3 will broadcast Choral Evensong live from King's College Chapel. The broadcast will start at 3.30pm and it will be repeated at 4pm the following Sunday. You will also be able to listen on the BBC iPlayer.
The Introit in the service will be the first performance of 'Cities and Thrones and Powers', a poem by Rudyard Kipling that has been set to music by Alexander Goehr.
Professor Goehr was Professor of Music at Cambridge and Fellow of Trinity Hall from 1976-99. Since 2000 he has been an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall.
The piece was written to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and appears in a new collection of contemporary works called Choirbook for the Queen. This collection showcases the best of modern choral writing, and many of the works in the choirbook were commissioned to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.
Another of the anthems to be sung at the service is 'The Fayrfax Carol.' The words (Early Tudor, anon.) were set to music by Thomas Adès, who was an undergraduate student at King's from 1989 to 1992. The carol was commissioned by King's College for A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in 1997. Thomas Adès was a pupil of Professor Goehr.
'Cities and Thrones and Powers' and 'The Fayrfax Carol' will also be sung by King's College Choir, conducted by Stephen Cleobury, at the Installation of the new University Chancellor, Lord Sainsbury of Turville. The Installation will take place in the University Senate House on 21 March.
Collegium Regale, the choral scholars of King's College Choir, conducted by Stephen Cleobury, will be taking part in the Guild of Benefactors Ceremony at the Senate House in the evening of 21 March.