The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, one of the world’s best known choral groups, will tour Australia from 21 July to 2 August 2014.
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. Due to academic commitments of the members of the Choir, it performs fewer than twenty concerts outside of the Chapel each year.
Eight of these rare concerts will be performed in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide, as the Choir embarks on a national tour for Musica Viva in July and August. Stephen Cleobury CBE, the Choir’s Director of Music since 1982, together with sixteen boy choristers, fifteen choral scholars and two organ scholars, are all excited about the tour.
In collaboration with Musica Viva, Stephen Cleobury CBE has put together two programs, one devised for larger halls with organ, the other for smaller venues. The repertoire for the programs includes works from Byrd and Palestrina, Purcell and Monteverdi through to Hubert Parry and Benjamin Britten. Fauré’s Requiem, one of the most loved choral masterpieces usually performed with an orchestra, will be performed with organ, and forms the centre-piece of the larger program. Highlights of the tour will be three Christmas carols by Australian composers, all of which were commissioned by Cleobury.
Sydney performance dates are Monday, 21 July 7pm at City Recital Hall Angel Place and Saturday, 26 July 2pm at Sydney Opera House.
Photo: Keith Saunders