Two pieces of music written by King's alumni have just been premièred at the Proms.
On the opening night, Julian Anderson's Harmony for orchestra and chorus was played by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo. Harmony is a setting of lines by the Victorian nature writer Richard Jefferies, and Oramo describes it as 'a beautiful little piece...poetry in the form of music'.
Julian (KC 1992) studied Music at King's and went on to become Head of Composition at the Royal College of Music and a Professor of Music at Harvard University. He is currently Professor of Composition and Composer in Residence at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Wednesday night saw the world première of Totentanz, by another King's music alumnus, Thomas Adès (KC 1989). This has been an eagerly awaited event in the musical world. It is a 35-minute work for orchestra and two vocal soloists, and commemorates the centenary of the birth of the Polish composer Witold Lutosławski (1913-1994). The piece was commissioned by Robin Boyle, who is himself a former King's Choral Scholar.
You can listen to the piece again for the next five days on the Radio 3 website.