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The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, U.K.

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Friday, March 20, 2015
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Saint Thomas Church

The Choir of King's College, Cambridge.

Parry Hear my words
Parsons Ave Maria (in F--men only)
Gibbons The eyes of all
Weir Illuminare, Jerusalem
Richard Causton Out of your sleep
Vaughan Williams Lord, thou hast been our refuge
Intermission
Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine
Poulenc Four Christmas motets
Organ solo: Naji Hakim Hommage à Igor Stravinsky
Nicholas Maw One foot in Eden
Howells Te Deum 'Collegium Regale'

The Choir of King’s College owes its existence to King Henry VI who, in founding the College in 1441, envisaged the daily singing of services in his magnificent Chapel, one of the jewels of Britain’s cultural and architectural heritage. As the pre-eminent representative of the great British church music tradition, the Choir regards the singing of the daily services as its raison d’être.

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge 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.

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is undoubtedly one of the world’s best known choral groups; every Christmas Eve millions of people worldwide tune into A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, a service that has been broadcast by the BBC since 1928. In the United States, the service has been broadcast by American Public Media since 1982. While the Choir exists primarily to sing the daily services in King’s College Chapel, its worldwide fame and reputation, enhanced by an extensive recording catalogue, has led to invitations to perform around the globe. In the past several years, the Choir has travelled throughout Europe as well as to the US, South America, Australia and Asia-Pacific. The Choir performs extensively in the U.K., appearing regularly at all the major halls in London and in the regions.

In October 2012, the College launched its own label with Nine Lessons & Carols – a two-disc recording of the famous Christmas Eve service. In 2013, the Choir released its second and third albums – a two-disc exploration of Mozart's Requiem and a Britten album to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The newest recording by the Choir, accompanied by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, was released in September 2014 and is the first recording of Marc Rigaudière’s beautiful new reconstruction of the first complete liturgical performance of Fauré’s Requiem plus Cantique de Jean Racine and Messe Basse.

Prime ($75) and Preferred ($55) assigned seating tickets are sold out. Standard ($40) & student/senior tickets ($30) are open seating (first come first served) at the back, sides and balcony.

Performers:
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
Stephen Cleobury, Director of Music
Thomas Etheridge & Richard Gowers, Organ Scholars

Contact:
Claudette Mayer
concerts@saintthomaschurch.org
212-664-9360


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