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.
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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

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King's commissions a new carol for Christmas Eve

This year’s carol has been written by composer and Cambridge alumna Cheryl Frances-Hoad. ‘The Cradle’ is a setting of an English translation by Robert Graves of an anonymous seventeenth century Austrian text.

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Remembering David Briggs

Sunday's Evensong was in memory of David Briggs (KC 1936), the former Headmaster of the King's College School who died in 2020 at the age of 102. 

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Sermon Before the University delivered by Nicola Reindorp

King's alumna and CEO of Crisis Action, Nicola Reindorp, gave the annual address on 'the importance of doubt'.

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