King's College Choir

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The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, 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. This remains the Choir’s raison d’être, and is an important part of the lives of its sixteen choristers, and the fourteen choral scholars and two organ scholars who study in the College itself.

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The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, 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. This remains the Choir’s raison d’être, and is an important part of the lives of its sixteen choristers, and the fourteen choral scholars and two organ scholars who study in the College itself.

Today’s Choir derives its worldwide fame and reputation from the annual broadcast of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which, thanks to the BBC and the American broadcasting station, Minnesota Public Radio, is heard on radio by millions all over the world. It is also famous for its many recordings for EMI and Decca and for its international touring programme. In recent seasons the Choir has travelled to the USA and Canada, South Africa, Australia and throughout Asia Pacific and, frequently, to Europe. Summer 2005 saw the Choir performing, for example, at Germany's Rheinvokal Festival, Turin’s Settembre Musicale and as part of Flanders Festival in Brussels. In December 2004 the Choir gave six concerts in the USA, taking in Dallas, St Louis, the Twin Cities, New York City, Norfolk, Virginia and Washington D.C. and this coming December sees them singing a series of Christmas concerts in Lucerne, Amsterdam, Antwerp, and before Dutch government ministers at s’Hertogensbosch, while the New Year will see them performing again in Italy. Later in 2006 the Choir will also be performing at the Stuttgart and Istanbul Festivals and the Festival Portico de Semana at Salamanca in Spain.

The Choir also performs at British festivals (among them recently the BBC Proms, Stratford, Edge, and the Llangollen Eisteddford) and at major venues, including Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall. For some years now the Choir has given its own London series of concerts at St John’s, Smith Square.

A partnership with the period instrument orchestra, The Brandenburg Consort, resulted in CDs of Messiah, and CDs and DVDs of Bach St Matthew and St John Passions. The Choir currently records exclusively for EMI. Its most recent disc, Heavenly Voices, a recording of music by the trebles and altos of the Choir, has been well received, the reviewer in The Observer writing that ‘thanks to Stephen Cleobury’s magisterial guidance, and the magnificent recording studio that is King’s College Chapel, you won’t find a more beautiful performance of these haunting, seraphic works’; last season the Choir’s recording of Rachmaninov Liturgy of St John Chrysostom was nominated for a Grammy Award, the critic in The Gramophone magazine greeting the recording as ‘without a shadow of doubt, a triumph’, adding that ‘there is no comparable rival to this disc. If I had only this recording on my desert island, I’d consider it a foretaste of Paradise’. Their discography includes John Rutter’s Requiem with the City of London Sinfonia, an album of Gregorian chant, several discs of baroque music with the Academy of Ancient Music, Rachmaninov’s Vespers (which won the first ever Classical Brit Award), and a live recording of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. A DVD, Anthems from King’s, has been released following a DVD of Carols from King’s, which also contains historic footage of the Choir. Recent releases include a new Rutter CD of the Gloria, Magnificat and Psalm 150 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a disc of Gregorian Chant from the Men of King’s, which were both released in spring 2005. Their most recent release on EMI is a new disc of carols entitled “On Christmas Day”.

Contemporary music is also an important part of the Choir’s repertoire, and the College has a programme of commissioning works from some of the foremost composers working today.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, 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. This remains the Choir’s raison d’être, and is an important part of the lives of its sixteen choristers, and the fourteen choral scholars and two organ scholars who study in the College itself.

Today’s Choir derives its worldwide fame and reputation from the annual broadcast of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which, thanks to the BBC and the American broadcasting station, Minnesota Public Radio, is heard on radio by millions all over the world. It is also famous for its many recordings for EMI and Decca and for its international touring programme. In recent seasons the Choir has travelled to the USA and Canada, South Africa, Australia and throughout Asia Pacific and, frequently, to Europe. Summer 2005 saw the Choir performing, for example, at Germany's Rheinvokal Festival, Turin’s Settembre Musicale and as part of Flanders Festival in Brussels. In December 2004 the Choir gave six concerts in the USA, taking in Dallas, St Louis, the Twin Cities, New York City, Norfolk, Virginia and Washington D.C. and this coming December sees them singing a series of Christmas concerts in Lucerne, Amsterdam, Antwerp, and before Dutch government ministers at s’Hertogensbosch, while the New Year will see them performing again in Italy. Later in 2006 the Choir will also be performing at the Stuttgart and Istanbul Festivals and the Festival Portico de Semana at Salamanca in Spain.

The Choir also performs at British festivals (among them recently the BBC Proms, Stratford, Edge, and the Llangollen Eisteddford) and at major venues, including Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall. For some years now the Choir has given its own London series of concerts at St John’s, Smith Square.

A partnership with the period instrument orchestra, The Brandenburg Consort, resulted in CDs of Messiah, and CDs and DVDs of Bach St Matthew and St John Passions. The Choir currently records exclusively for EMI. Its most recent disc, Heavenly Voices, a recording of music by the trebles and altos of the Choir, has been well received, the reviewer in The Observer writing that ‘thanks to Stephen Cleobury’s magisterial guidance, and the magnificent recording studio that is King’s College Chapel, you won’t find a more beautiful performance of these haunting, seraphic works’; last season the Choir’s recording of Rachmaninov Liturgy of St John Chrysostom was nominated for a Grammy Award, the critic in The Gramophone magazine greeting the recording as ‘without a shadow of doubt, a triumph’, adding that ‘there is no comparable rival to this disc. If I had only this recording on my desert island, I’d consider it a foretaste of Paradise’. Their discography includes John Rutter’s Requiem with the City of London Sinfonia, an album of Gregorian chant, several discs of baroque music with the Academy of Ancient Music, Rachmaninov’s Vespers (which won the first ever Classical Brit Award), and a live recording of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. A DVD, Anthems from King’s, has been released following a DVD of Carols from King’s, which also contains historic footage of the Choir. Recent releases include a new Rutter CD of the Gloria, Magnificat and Psalm 150 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a disc of Gregorian Chant from the Men of King’s, which were both released in spring 2005. Their most recent release on EMI is a new disc of carols entitled “On Christmas Day”.

Contemporary music is also an important part of the Choir’s repertoire, and the College has a programme of commissioning works from some of the foremost composers working today.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, 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. This remains the Choir’s raison d’être, and is an important part of the lives of its sixteen choristers, and the fourteen choral scholars and two organ scholars who study in the College itself.

Today’s Choir derives its worldwide fame and reputation from the annual broadcast of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which, thanks to the BBC and the American broadcasting station, Minnesota Public Radio, is heard on radio by millions all over the world. It is also famous for its many recordings for EMI and Decca and for its international touring programme. In recent seasons the Choir has travelled to the USA and Canada, South Africa, Australia and throughout Asia Pacific and, frequently, to Europe. Summer 2005 saw the Choir performing, for example, at Germany's Rheinvokal Festival, Turin’s Settembre Musicale and as part of Flanders Festival in Brussels. In December 2004 the Choir gave six concerts in the USA, taking in Dallas, St Louis, the Twin Cities, New York City, Norfolk, Virginia and Washington D.C. and this coming December sees them singing a series of Christmas concerts in Lucerne, Amsterdam, Antwerp, and before Dutch government ministers at s’Hertogensbosch, while the New Year will see them performing again in Italy. Later in 2006 the Choir will also be performing at the Stuttgart and Istanbul Festivals and the Festival Portico de Semana at Salamanca in Spain.

The Choir also performs at British festivals (among them recently the BBC Proms, Stratford, Edge, and the Llangollen Eisteddford) and at major venues, including Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall. For some years now the Choir has given its own London series of concerts at St John’s, Smith Square.

A partnership with the period instrument orchestra, The Brandenburg Consort, resulted in CDs of Messiah, and CDs and DVDs of Bach St Matthew and St John Passions. The Choir currently records exclusively for EMI. Its most recent disc, Heavenly Voices, a recording of music by the trebles and altos of the Choir, has been well received, the reviewer in The Observer writing that ‘thanks to Stephen Cleobury’s magisterial guidance, and the magnificent recording studio that is King’s College Chapel, you won’t find a more beautiful performance of these haunting, seraphic works’; last season the Choir’s recording of Rachmaninov Liturgy of St John Chrysostom was nominated for a Grammy Award, the critic in The Gramophone magazine greeting the recording as ‘without a shadow of doubt, a triumph’, adding that ‘there is no comparable rival to this disc. If I had only this recording on my desert island, I’d consider it a foretaste of Paradise’. Their discography includes John Rutter’s Requiem with the City of London Sinfonia, an album of Gregorian chant, several discs of baroque music with the Academy of Ancient Music, Rachmaninov’s Vespers (which won the first ever Classical Brit Award), and a live recording of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. A DVD, Anthems from King’s, has been released following a DVD of Carols from King’s, which also contains historic footage of the Choir. Recent releases include a new Rutter CD of the Gloria, Magnificat and Psalm 150 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a disc of Gregorian Chant from the Men of King’s, which were both released in spring 2005. Their most recent release on EMI is a new disc of carols entitled “On Christmas Day”.

Contemporary music is also an important part of the Choir’s repertoire, and the College has a programme of commissioning works from some of the foremost composers working today.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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