The Choir featured on BBC Radio 3

Stephen Cleobury

Stephen Cleobury

King's College Choir was featured on BBC Radio 3's The Choir yesterday. The programme was guest presented by the composer John Rutter, who focused on the Cambridge choral scene.

He interviewed the Director of Music at King's, Stephen Cleobury, and asked him about the recording schedule of the Choir. Stephen talked about one of the recordings he is most proud of, Rachmaninov's Vespers (1999), and the challenges of singing in Church Slavonic.

He also talked about what being the Director of the Choir meant to him, and how he felt the daily Evensongs are 'musical offerings' to help people.

"We want to inspire somebody who has made her or his once-in-a-lifetime visit to the Chapel, and who has perhaps come not as a religious person but as somebody who has suffered some difficulty in his or her life."

John Rutter also interviewed the composer Bob Chilcott, a former King's chorister and Choral Scholar, who later joined the King's Singers. Chilcott sang the Pie Jesu in the 1967 recording of Fauré's Requiem when he was a chorister.

You can listen to the programme on the iPlayer in the next six days. The part about King's College Choir starts at 07:07 with The Sussex Carol. The interview with Stephen Cleobury starts after the carol, at 09:00.

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22 April 2013