King's celebrates Benjamin Britten's 100th birthday
(22 November 1913 –
4 December 1976)
On Friday 22 November King's College celebrates the centenary of one of the 20th century's most acclaimed composers, Benjamin Britten.
The Choristers of King's College will be performing at the Cambridge Corn Exchange in the afternoon for 'Britten's Big Birthday Sing', joining tens of thousands of people from across the UK to sing Britten's set of songs Friday Afternoons as well as performing some movements from his Ceremony of Carols.
A special Evensong marking the centenary will take place at 5.30pm, with Britten's Te Deum and Jubilate in C, his arrangement of the hymn 'God moves in a mysterious way', and a Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria.
The Choir will also perform the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in g by Henry Purcell, regarded by many to have been the composer who most influenced Britten.
The Choir's new recording, Britten's cantata Saint Nicolas, will be available from the Shop at Kings before and after the service.