Internationally recognised as the pre-eminent representative of the great British church music tradition, the Choir owes its existence to King Henry VI who envisaged the daily singing of services in his magnificent chapel. This remains the Choir's raison d'être, and is an important part of the lives of its sixteen choristers, who are educated on generous scholarships at King's College School, and the fourteen choral scholars and two organ scholars, who study a variety of subjects 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 is heard on radio by millions all over the world.
King's College Choir, Cambridge The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge under conductor Stephen Cleobury presents Britten’s enchanting choral masterpiece Saint Nicolas, with Hymn to St Cecilia and Rejoice in the Lamb, celebrating 100 years since Benjamin Britten’s birth. The recording features soloist Andrew Kennedy, a former choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, the renowned Britten Sinfonia, Sawston Village College Choir and Cambridge University Musical Society.
The Choir will be touring the release repertoire in the UK in the Autumn, with concerts in Cambridge, Eton, Barbican and the Birmingham Symphony Hall.
King's College Choir, Cambridge The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge under conductor Stephen Cleobury presents a compelling second release. Here it performs Mozart Requiem (Süssmayr edition), followed by complete movement realisations by leading composers and musicologists including Michael Finnissy, Robert D. Levin and Duncan Druce. The recording features a stellar line up of guest soloists – Elin Manahan Thomas, Christine Rice, James Gilchrist, Christopher Purves – and the Academy of Ancient Music.
The release also features a unique bonus audio documentary about Mozart’s Requiem, narrated by Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano soloist, who recently toured with Eric Whitacre), with commentary illustrated by extracts of both the Requiem and the works that inspired it.
Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano)
Christine Rice (mezzo)
James Gilchrist (tenor)
Christopher Purves (bass)
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Academy of Ancient Music
King's College Choir, Cambridge With a TV and radio audience of millions, the annual broadcast of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College, Cambridge, is an essential Christmas tradition for families all over the world.
This double album faithfully recreates the magic of the service, opening with a lone treble singing 'Once in royal David's city' and closing with a rousing chorus of 'Hark! the herald angels sing'.
Each year the Director of Music at King's,Stephen Cleobury, commissions a new carol. Several of these are included on the album, including carols by Einojuhani Rautavaara, Gabriel Jackson, Brett Dean, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Dominic Muldowney and Tansy Davies. In addition, John Rutter has written the new carol 'All Bells in Paradise' especially for this album.
King's College Choir, Cambridge King's College Choir, Cambridge with the Jacobean Consort of Viols: Thurston Dart (Treble Viol), Desmond Dupre (Tenor Viol), Dennis Nesbitt, Dietrich Kessler (Bass Viols), Nigel Amherst (Violone). David Willcocks, director.
Recorded 1961 (tracks 1 - 5) & 1959 (tracks 6 - 9)
Total time: 76:30
King's College Choir, Cambridge Not to be confused with the CD, "A King's College Christmas" (Regis Records), which uses the same cover art, this CD is a essentially a re-issue of the LP, "On Christmas Night" (Argo Records) with additional songs, and features Hervey Alan, bass-baritone; Simon Preston, organ and the London Symphony Orchestra. Directed by David Willcocks
Recorded in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, 1962.
King's College Choir, Cambridge "It's rather nice to go back to the King's way, to the old firm of Willcocks and Preston, and remember what it was that pleased us then. We were not ashamed in those days to accept Bach as a decent Englishman, and we liked to hear his church music in a devotional context. BWV numbers aid the listener in the Schemelli Gesangbuch items, and the lovely Bartholomew translation of the motet has been renovated. Frankly, it is a lovely and moving record, which will appeal to far more people than any amount of authenticity--and learned folk can enjoy it as a period piece. There is still a need for Bach in English" (Gramophone)
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
David Willcocks, director
Simon Preston, organ
Bernard Richards, cello (BWV 227)
Francis Baines, double bass (BWV 227)
Philomusica of London (BWV 245)
Recorded in 1960. Sung in English.
Total Time: 70:15
King's College Choir, CambridgeRoy Goodman Roy Goodman’s recording of the Allegri Miserere (in David Willcocks’s edition, sung in English) was its first, made in March 1963. Although reissued countless times, the complete Argo recording from which it emanates – Evensong for Ash Wednesday – has never before been released complete. Consisting of hymns, psalms and readings, this is a regular event in the King’s College calendar. Roy Goodman – now a famous conductor, then a gifted treble – sang with the choir at the time and in the booklet note provides delightful reminiscences of his time with the choir and working with Sir David Willcocks. He recounts how the boy treble chosen to sing the solo part in the Allegri was appointed on the spot, as it were, and how he charged into the chapel after a game of rugby and was selected to record the treble solo. Goodman has also provided photographs of himself from that time for the cover and booklet of this release.
Roy Goodman (treble); Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Sir David Willcocks
King's College Choir, Cambridge This new album is a tour of the ecclesiastical year from Advent through to Ascension. The paired ancient and modern settings represented on the album showcase the vast range of music that the choir performs each season reflecting Christ’s birth, death and resurrection through the festivals of Advent, Christmas, Candlemas, Lent, Easter and Ascension. The rest of the year, known as Ordinary time, is focused more on Christ’s ministry on earth.
A Year at King’s includes such favourites as Allegri’s Miserere and Barber’s Agnus Dei, an arrangement of his famous Adagio for Strings, as well as the first recording of Tavener’s Away in a Manger, written for King’s College Choir’s 2004 ‘Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols’. The rest of the programme comprises works composed between the 15th and 20th centuries by Palestrina, Pärt and Poulenc, Lassus, Holst, Guerrero, Eccard, Peter Philips and Stanford. The disc is rounded off with a spectacular performance of Tallis’s Spem in alium. On this, as on many previous King’s College Choir recordings, the conductor is Stephen Cleobury, organist and Director of Music at King’s since 1982.
King's College Choir, Cambridge EMI Classics is pleased to release the 2008 Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, recorded live by BBC Radio 3 in "the magnificent recording studio that is King’s College Chapel.” The service marked the 80th anniversary of its first BBC broadcast and the start of a year-long celebration of the 800th anniversary of Cambridge University. The 2008 programme includes Illuminare Jerusalem by Judith Weir (1985), What sweeter music by John Rutter (1987) and Mary, commissioned from Dominic Muldowney for the 2008 service. Another “new” composer represented in the 2008 service is Peter Tranchell (1922-1993), former University of Cambridge lecturer in Music, whose contribution is If ye would hear the angels sing. The other carols are traditional, some well known (O come, all ye faithful; God rest ye merry, gentlemen; Hark! The herald-angels sing), others less so (Angels from the realms of glory; Infant holy, Infant lowly; A spotless rose).
King's College Choir, Cambridge In commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the death of George Frideric Handel, and the 800th anniversary of the University of Cambridge , the first ever live cinema broadcast of a choral concert will take place from King's College, Cambridge this Easter.
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge will perform Handel's best known work, Messiah, on Palm Sunday, April 5 2009 in the magnificent setting of King's College Chapel. The performance will be conducted by Stephen Cleobury, Director of Music at King's, and features the Academy of Ancient Music and soloists Ailish Tynan, Alice Coote, Allan Clayton and Matthew Rose.
This will be the first time a choral concert has been carried live via satellite. EMI Classics will make the live concert recording available digitally on April 14, the actual anniversary of Handel's death, and will release the physical CD later in the month.
King's College Choir, CambridgeFergus Thirlwell The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is internationally renowned for its service of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, broadcast live from King’s College Chapel all around the world each year on television and radio on Christmas Eve. Together under the direction of Stephen Cleobury, the Choir has made several recordings of carols with EMI Classics celebrating this custom. The Choir has now recorded a new disc of contemporary Christmas carols commissioned especially for them, entitled On Christmas Day, which is to be released in September 2005.
King's College Choir, Cambridge ORCHESTRA: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra
CONDUCTOR: Riccardo Muti and Stephen Cleobury
ARTISTS: Lucia Popp Nicolai Gedda King's College Cambridge Choir Agnes Baltsa
King's College Choir, CambridgeSam LandmanFergus Thirlwell Following their phenomenally successful recording of John Rutter’s Requiem, King’s College Choir and Stephen Cleobury, return to Rutter’s music with the release of his settings of the Gloria, Magnificat and Psalm 150, in collaboration with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Christopher Beale, Fergus Thirlwell and Sam Landman, trebles.
King's College Choir, Cambridge Originally presented on the LPs, "Byrd and his Contemporaries" ALP 2094 and "Christmas to Candlemas" ALP 2111. This compares settings of the same texts by Byrd and by another composer of the period. Three tracks were removed for this CD release.
King's College Choir, CambridgeRory Phillips Recorded 1971 1972 & 1974. David Willcocks and Philip Ledger. TRACKS: Hymn To St Cecilia op.27. A Ceremony Of Carols op.28. Missa Brevis op.63. Festival Te Deum op.32. Rejoice In The Lamb op.30. Te Deum in C. Jubilate Deo In C. Julian Godlee (Treble) Richard Cross (Treble) Simon Channing (Treble) Rory Phillips (Treble).
King's College Choir, Cambridge Benjamin Britten
Saint Nicolas, Op. 42
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
Sir David Willcocks
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Choir of the King's Consort
King's College Choir, Cambridge
King's College Choir, CambridgeRoy Goodman 2 CD set. Roy Goodman - treble, John Langdon - organ, Andrew Davis - organ, Elizabeth Vaughan - soprano, Janet Baker - mezzo-soprano, Simon Preston - organ, Bernard Richards - cello, Francis Baines - double bass, Thurston Dart - harpsichord continuo ; The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Cambridge University Music Society, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, The Jacobean Consort of Viols, Cambridge, English Chamber Orchestra, Sir David Willcocks
King's College Choir, Cambridge This compilation and digital remastering of 1949-1954 songs recorded in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, is from 1997. The photo of Boris Ord and the choir on the cover was taken in 1953.
King's College Choir, Cambridge Stephen Cleobury directs King's College Choir. Roy Goodman Leads Brandenburg Consort. Lynne Dawson (soprano), Hilary Summers (contralto), John Mark Ainsley (tenor) & Alastair Miles (bass).
King's College Choir, Cambridge Philip Ledger is directing the choir and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; the soloists are adults: Elly Ameling, soprano, Janet Baker, contralto, Robert Tear, tenor and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone. The cover is from a digital remastering copy of 1996.
King's College Choir, CambridgePeter Castle Peter Castle (soprano), Timothy Byram-Wigfield (soprano), Jonathan Robarts (bas), Francis Grier (organ), Choirs of King's College, Cambridge, Academy of Saint-Martin-in-the-Fields, Philip Jones Brass Ensemble - Philip Ledger, cond.
King's College Choir, CambridgePeter Castle King's College Choir, Cambridge, Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Philip Ledger directs Andrew King (Tenor), Michael Cockerham (Alto), Peter Castle (Treble/boy soprano) in Vivaldi's Magnificat in G.
King's College Choir, Cambridge This extended play (EP) record was obtainable only at King's College. This record was sold to raise funds for the maintenance of the fabric and services of King's College Chapel. This EP came with a small insert describing the chapel and its history.
John Hahessy King's College Choir, Cambridge This collection brings together rarities and surprises from the Decca/Argo Britten discography, a collection notable as much for the infrequency with which much of this music is performed, as it is for the fact that many of these are world-premiere recordings of Britten’s music. The source material itself is extremely rare and virtually every recording represented here is, in its LP/EP format, a collector’s item, largely from the Argo catalogue.
The all-vocal program opens with Voices for Today which Britten wrote to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. His devotion to excellent music for children is represented by a collection of songs, including five from Friday Afternoons and sung by the boy alto John Hahessy. This is the first CD issue of these famous 1961 recordings.