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New series of late-night concerts in the Chapel

Devised by composer and Fellow in Music Richard Causton, Chapel Lates is an exciting new series of concerts featuring contemporary music in the magical setting of King's College Chapel.

Starting at 10pm and lasting about an hour, each concert is inspired by the uniquely magical atmosphere that comes upon the Chapel in the late evening.

The series launches on Thursday 24 April at 10pm with a concert celebrating musical visionaries spanning some five centuries. Stockhausen's electroacoustic masterpiece Gesang der Jünglinge was composed in 1956 and ushered in an unprecedented new world of electronic sound which is counterpointed with the age-old voice of a choirboy singing "Praise the Lord".

Jonathan Harvey's Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco continues this ecclesiastical theme with a work celebrating the medieval Great Bell of Winchester Cathedral, whose inscription provides the theme: "I Lament the Dead, I Call the Living to Prayer, I Count the Fleeing Hours".

Interspersed with these electroacoustic works is the Missa Super l'Homme Armé by Josquin Desprez. Josquin's long life (c.1440-1521) spanned to within a year or two both the foundation and the completion of King's College Chapel. This mass is a remarkable work, whose closing Agnus Dei is a technical tour-de-force - a canon whose beautiful and other-worldly sound looks forward to twentieth-century minimalism. Its performance here by The King's Men promises to be an unforgettable experience.

The concert on Tuesday 17 June at 10pm offers the chance to hear the wonderfully rich and resonant tones of the Javanese gamelan - an orchestra of almost a hundred bronze gongs and metallophones from Indonesia which, in the wonderful acoustic of King's College Chapel, is sure to sound mesmerising.

This is a diverse programme that celebrates a rich, living tradition: classical music from the royal courts of Java is heard alongside 20th Century Javanese compositions and the world première of Cathedral Grove for bass flute and gamelan, composed by Cambridge-based composer and master gamelan musician, Robert Campion.

For this very special concert the Cambridge Gamelan Group will be joined by members of Southbank Gamelan Players, Ensemble-in-Residence at London's Southbank Centre.

Posted: Tuesday 1 April 2014 | News | News archive