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Choir of Kings College Cambridge

20 Jul - 6 Aug 2019

2019 international concert season

Founded in the fifteenth century, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is arguably the world’s most famous choir and the pre-eminent representative of the British church music tradition.

Their distinctively pure tone has been honed over centuries in the vaulted stone arches of the College Chapel. Comprising 16 boys (the youngest aged seven) and 15 male university students, the Choir remains a major force by balancing unmatched history and tradition with continual growth and adventurous programming.

The repertoire in these programs reflects this breadth by showcasing pieces from the Renaissance to the present day. These performances are especially poignant, marking the Choir’s final tour with Stephen Cleobury, after 37 distinguished years as Director.

Stephen Cleobury CBE Director of Music

Program 2 only:
Alice Giles harp
Umberto Clerici cello 

program one

Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney Weekend

Thy word is a lantern
Remember not, Lord, our offences
Jehovah, quam multi sunt hostes mei
Ross EDWARDS New Work (World Premiere)*
FINZI Lo, the full, final sacrifice
WESLEY The Wilderness
MENDELSSOHN Organ Sonata no 3: Mvt I
STANFORD For lo, I raise up
Lennox BERKELEY The Lord is my Shepherd
PARRY I Was Glad

program two

Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney Weekday

MONTEVERDI Cantate Domino SV293
JS BACH Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV203
CAVALLI Salve Regina
BRITTEN A Ceremony of Carols, op 28
BYRD Laudibus in sanctis
TALLIS Loquebantur variis linguis
GIBBONS Hosanna to the son of David
SALZEDO Variations sur un thème dans le style ancien [harp solo]
Ross EDWARDS New Work (World Premiere)*
Judith WEIR New work for choir and cello (Australian Premiere)
Lennox BERKELEY The Lord is my Shepherd
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Valiant for Truth

*Commissioned for Musica Viva and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, by Jennifer Seabrook, celebrating Ray Turner’s 75th birthday and his lifelong love of music. 


Please note, the Brisbane concert will be at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) instead of our usual venue of Queensland Conservatorium. The second Sydney concert will be at the Sydney Opera House and the first Melbourne concert at the Arts Centre's Hamer Hall.

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