Menu

Hear the world's most famous choir in 2019

"...moments of iridescence...superbly polished vocal sound." SMH

"I would happily sit...listening to this choir sing for the rest of my days" The Times

back to What's on

Choir of King's 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. Leading the choir is choral conductor and organist Daniel Hyde. It was announced in May 2018 that Daniel Hyde will become the Choir’s new Director of Music in October 2019.

Daniel Hyde Conductor

View the concert guide.

program one

Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney Weekend

PURCELL
I Was Glad
Thy word is a lantern
Remember not, Lord, our offences
Jehovah, quam multi sunt hostes mei
JS BACH Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist BWV 671         
Ross EDWARDS Singing the Love (World Premiere)*
FINZI Lo, the full, final sacrifice
WESLEY The Wilderness
MENDELSSOHN Organ Sonata no 3 op 65
STANFORD For lo, I raise up op 145
Lennox BERKELEY The Lord is my Shepherd
PARRY I Was Glad

program two

Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney Weekday

MONTEVERDI Cantate Domino SV293
JS BACH Komm, Jesu, Komm BWV229
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 Singing the Love (World Premiere)*
Judith WEIR O Mercy Divine (Australian Premiere)
Errollyn WALLEN Pace (Australian Premiere)
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Valiant for Truth

Program 2 only:
Alice Giles harp
Umberto Clerici cello 

*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. 

Special Venue Information

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.

PRE-CONCERT TALK

Prior to the concert, join fellow music lovers in this fascinating pre-concert talk and discover some of the intricate moments within the concert program.

Melbourne (Hamer Hall) – 6.15pm, in the Foyer
Sydney (Angel Pl) – 6.15pm, Level 3 in the Foyer
Brisbane (QPAC)  – 6.15pm, Concert Hall Balcony Foyer
Sydney (SOH) - 1.15pm, in the Northern Foyer
Melbourne (MRC) – 6.15pm, in the Boardroom, Level 2

MEET THE ARTIST

Immediately following the performance, join the Emerson Quartet for an entertaining and light-hearted Meet the Artist session. Come with any questions you may have! 

Sydney (Angel Pl) – Post concert, Function Room Level 1
Brisbane (QPAC)  – Post concert, Concert Hall Balcony Foyer
Melbourne (MRC) – Post concert in the Foyer

Alice Giles

Alice Giles AM is celebrated as one of the world’s leading harpists. First Prize winner of the 8th Israel International Harp Contest, she has performed extensively as soloist world-wide. Regarded by Luciano Berio as the foremost interpreter of his Sequenza II, solo recitals include London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s 92nd Street ‘Y’, Merkin Hall and Frankfurt Alte Oper. She is Director of the Seven Harp Ensemble, Artistic Director of the non-profit company Harp Centre Australia and was Artistic Director of the World Harp Congress Sydney 2014. Alice is currently Lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Umberto Clerici

Born in Turin, Italy, Umberto Clerici started studying the cello with the Suzuki method at the age of five and he continued at the Conservatoire of Music in Turin, later mastering his art with Mario Brunello and David Geringas, both of whom opened new musical dimensions for him. At the age of 19 he won the Istituzioni Concertistico Orchestrali competition, which gave him the opportunity to take up a career as a soloist. He went on to win prizes at the Janigro Competition in Zagreb and, in 2011, at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow – only the second Italian cellist to have done so, after Mario Brunello.

Since joining the Sydney Symphony as Principal Cellist in 2014, Umberto Clerici has dedicated time to an interdisciplinary project centred on Strauss’s Don Quixote, which debuted in 2017. Umberto Clerici has the privilege of playing a 1722 Matteo Goffriller cello from Venice, and also a 1758 Carlo Antonio Testore from Milan.

Attend a Musica Viva Masterclass and witness talented young music students being mentored by the world's finest chamber musicians. Each Masterclass is conducted by an international touring artist and offers a unique perspective on music interpretation, technique and performance. The masterclass program provides students, music teachers and audiences of all ages with an entertaining and enriching learning experience.

DANIEL HYDE - Conductor, CHOIR OF KINGS COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE

Brisbane

Tuesday 30 July, 6.30pm
St Peters Lutheran College
66 Harts Rd, Indooroopilly QLD 4068
Book here

Melbourne

Monday 5 August, 6pm
Trinity College Chapel
100 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052
Book here

ARTICLES AND VIDEOS

A new chapter for the King's Choir

In just a matter of weeks, the Choir of King's College, Cambridge will embark on their first nationwide tour of Australia since 2014 with choral conductor, Daniel Hyde.

Get to know the soon-to-be Director of Music for the King's Choir in this interview.

Choir of King's College, Cambridge touring Australia.

Buy single tickets Subscribe

Event Dates

  • Perth 20 Jul 2019 7:30 PM
  • Adelaide 22 Jul 2019 7:30 PM
  • Adelaide 23 Jul 2019 7:30 PM
  • Canberra 25 Jul 2019 7:00 PM
  • Melbourne 27 Jul 2019 7:00 PM
  • Sydney 29 Jul 2019 7:00 PM
  • Brisbane (SOLD OUT) 01 Aug 2019 7:00 PM
  • Sydney 03 Aug 2019 2:00 PM
  • Melbourne (SOLD OUT) 06 Aug 2019 7:00 PM

Buy Single Tickets or Subscribe to as few as 3 concerts for great savings and the best seats. 

Under 40's tickets are subject to availability and allocations in some cities have been exhausted. Learn more here.

Avoid booking fees and book through Musica Viva Box Office, either online or by phone on 1800 688 482 (M-F, 9am-5pm AEDT).

Please note that bookings made through venues or ticketing agencies may incur extra charges.