The Choir Today

King’s College Choir comprises 16 boy choristers, aged between nine and 13 years, and 14 male undergraduates, reading for degrees in a variety of subjects. There are also two organ scholars.

Singing at daily Chapel services is the Choir's primary duty, and has been since the foundation of King’s College in 1441, when King Henry VI envisaged that the Choir would provide music for the daily offices and celebrations of the Mass in his new Chapel.

Daily services are not the Choir’s sole commitment today though: its worldwide fame and reputation, enhanced by its many recordings, has led to invitations to perform around the globe, and to an extensive international tour schedule.
 


 

The Choir and College

King’s College Choir’s primary purpose is to sing the daily choral services in Chapel during term-time. This the Choir does on six days a week. The services on Mondays are sung by the College’s mixed voice choir, King’s Voices.

The boy choristers are educated just across the river at King’s College School. They have exactly the same education as the other 350 or so boys and girls at the School; their choral commitments come before and after school hours.

The men of the choir – the choral scholars – play a major role in the musical life of the College and University, not only through their daily singing in the Chapel, but through their involvement as singers and directors in concerts and shows in a wide variety of musical styles.

In addition to their singing of the daily services, the Choir participates in a number of King’s high-profile events in the Chapel. These include the live radio broadcast of the famous Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which is heard by tens of millions of people around the world, television broadcasts of Carols from King’s and Easter from King’s and radio broadcasts from the festival, Easter at King’s.
 


 

Joining the Choir

Daniel Hyde, the Director of Music, is very keen to hear from potential members of the Choir, either as a Chorister or Choral Scholar, and those interested in becoming an Organ Scholar. He can be contacted by email or by phone at: 01223 331224, and is always ready to offer an informal meeting prior to auditions and academic interviews. 

Concerts in the UK

The Choir performs extensively in the United Kingdom, appearing regularly at all the major halls in London and in the regions, including Manchester (Bridgewater Hall), Birmingham (Symphony Hall) and Cardiff (St David’s Hall).

It has appeared at the BBC Proms on a number of occasions, performs regularly with the Academy of Ancient Music and the Britten Sinfonia, and gives an annual Christmas concert in London with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Recent festival appearances have seen the Choir at The Sage, Gateshead, the City of London Festival, Chester Music Festival, Windsor Festival, King's Place (Mozart and Bach festivals), St Albans International Organ Festival, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, and Aldeburgh Music.

The Choir Overseas

King’s College Choir has been performing abroad since its first overseas invitation in 1936. More recently, tours have taken the Choir to China, the USA, Australia and across Europe.

Representation

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is represented by Intermusica. Please contact Kirsten Mackay at kmackay@intermusica.co.uk for further information.

Friends of the Choir

The generosity of those who support the College and Choir financially is essential to its upkeep. The Friends programme was established to recognise and encourage financial support from individuals, families, foundations and organisations. You can become a Friend by completing the form attached below.

A full history of the Choir, from the foundation of the College by King Henry VI in 1441 through to the present day.
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.
The Choir's latest recordings are released on the College's own label and available to buy or download online.

Choir News

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.

Dr Philip Moore

King's commissions a new carol for Christmas Eve

The composer for the new Christmas Eve carol has been announced.

Nine Lessons and Carols CD case

Record label releases Christmas centenary recording

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: The Centenary Service – a commemorative album released on the College's own record label.