About the Choir

Founded in the fifteenth century, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is the pre-eminent representative of the British church music tradition. It is most famous for singing A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, the Christmas Eve service that the BBC has broadcast since 1928.

The Choir exists primarily to sing daily services in King’s College Chapel. But its worldwide fame and reputation, enhanced by its many recordings, has led to invitations to perform around the globe.

A full history of the Choir, from the foundation of the College by King Henry VI in 1441 through to the present day.
Today the Choir comprises 16 boy choristers, aged between 9 and 13, and 14 male undergraduates, reading for degrees in a variety of subjects.
Daniel Hyde
From the Director of Music to the vocal coaches, there is ample support available to help our Choirs improve their craft.
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Find out the various ways you can listen to the Choir - whether in person, online, or through our many recordings.

Choir News

2020 CBSO scholars announced

Katrina Toner and Michael Taplin have been selected to have their compositions workshopped and professionally recorded by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Beethoven 2020 gets under way!

This January sees the beginning of a year-long Festival in Cambridge to celebrate the achievements of the composer on the 250th anniversary of his birth.

Sir Stephen Cleobury

Sir Stephen Cleobury (1948–2019)

It is with great sadness that King’s College has learned of the death of Sir Stephen Cleobury. Stephen died in his hometown of York last night, 22 November, after a long illness.