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.

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

Choir News

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Radio to broadcast recorded version of Christmas Eve service

A recording of 2020’s A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will be broadcast at the usual time on 24 December.

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Choristers joined by The King's Singers for Carols from King's

The internationally renowned vocal group stepped in to join the choristers for the traditional Christmas celebration after adult members of the Choir tested positive for COVID-19.

King's alumnus awarded Queen's Medal for Music

Former Organ Scholar Thomas Trotter (KC 1976) becomes the sixteenth recipient of the annual award.