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James Orford appointed as Organist, St Paul's



Organist to the Choir of King's College London, James Orford, has been appointed William and Irene Miller Organ Scholar at St Paul's Cathedral, effective from January 2018.


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Special Services & Events:

Wednesday 27 September - Opening of Year Service

13.10, Strand Chapel

Saturday 30 September - KCLCA Alumni Evensong

16.00, Strand Chapel

Find out more here.

Wednesday 11 October - A&H Festival Concert

19.30, Strand Chapel

Find out more here.

Friday 20 October - Guy's & St Thomas' Palliative Care Unit Service

19.00, Southwark Cathedral

Find out more here.

Tuesday 24 October - A Service of Choral Evensong celebrating the work of The Christian Evidence Society

5.30pm, Strand Chapel

The service will also be giving thanks for the many years that the Dean, Revd Canon Prof Richard Burridge, has served as Chair, now that he has stepped down. The Dean will be preaching.

The Christian Evidence Society was founded in 1870 as an ecumenical organisation dedicated to promoting a reasoned and imaginative defence of Christian belief.

Tuesday 7 November - All Souls' Tide Service

17.30, Strand Chapel

We are replacing Choral Evensong with a Choral Eucharist for the season of Remembrance. At this service we remember our family and friends who have died, reading their names out during the service. The Choir will sing Duarte Lobo's 'Requiem for six voice'.

Thursday 9 November - Praying for the dead? Panel discussion

17.30, Strand Chapel

November sees the launch of the new CD recorded by the Chapel Choir. This is the first time that Brahms' A German Requiem has been recorded in its original English translation. November is also the time when many Christian traditions especially remember those who have died.

With this in mind, the Dean's Office & Chaplaincy is holding a panel discussion to explore the concept of praying for the dead, or remembering the dead, in different Christian traditions.

Friday 17 November - Concert at Emmanuel College, Cambridge

18.15, Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Friday 1 December - Rachmaninoff Concert, British Museum


Friday 1 December - Choir CD Brahms' 'An English Requiem' Launch Concert

19.30, Strand Chapel

Wednesday 6 - Friday 8 December - Advent Carol Services

17.30, Strand Chapel

This traditional service by candlelight is one of the highlights of the year! It is a beautiful service of music and readings reflecting on the hope that Jesus brings to our world. We will be singing at the service and mulled wine will be served after the service.

This service is very popular so it is repeated on three evenings and tickets are required to attend. Tickets are free and will be made available to book via Eventbrite from 28 October. 

Tuesday 12 December - Christmas Carol Service by Candlelight

17.30, Strand Chapel

Traditionally, this has been a more informal event to which we welcome members of the College. This is a chance to sing all your favourite Christmas carols and the Chapel Choir will be singing.

Tickets are not required for this event, but we do recommend that you arrive early to grab a good seat!

Friday 15 December - 32nd Christmas Festival Concert, St John's Smith Square

19.30, St John's Smith Square

Find out more here.

Thursday 1 February - Sung Orthodox Vespers for Runciman Lecture

17.15, Strand Chapel

Saturday 10 February - Come and learn to sing 'Spem in alium'

14.45, Strand Chapel

(registration is at 2.45-3pm; singing starts at 3pm)

This is a rare opportunity to learn Thomas Tallis’s most popular work from the inside. Considered by many to be one of the greatest choral works of the sixteenth century, this forty-part motet really has to be experienced in person.

Cost: £15 adults/£5 students (includes music hire)

Book your ticket here.

Afterwards, please join us at 7.30pm in the audience for the Choir’s annual performance of Spem at the Brandenburg Festival, just a ten-minute walk from King’s at St Paul’s Covent Garden (a separate ticket for the Choir’s performance at the Brandenburg Festival will need to be purchased here.)  

Saturday 10 February - Brandenburg Festival

19.30, St Paul's Covent Garden

Book your ticket here.

Wednesday 14 February - Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service

13.10, Strand Chapel

Monday 12 March - Evensong, St Paul's Cathedral

17.00, St Paul's Cathedral

Sunday 18 March - London Handel Festival

11.30 & 15.00, Foundling Museum

£20.00 (£17.50 Concessions) incl. Museum admission - book your ticket here.

Handel – Chandos Anthem No. 7, My song shall be alway HWV 252

Handel – Foundling Hospital Anthem, Blessed are they that considereth the poor HWV 268


Choral Scholars from the Choir of King’s College London (directed by Joseph Fort) perform Handel’s Chandos Anthem alongside his Foundling Hospital Anthem which he composed in 1749 specifically for a benefit concert to raise funds to build the hospital’s new Chapel. Rather than writing a wholly new work, Handel famously drew on several pre-existing pieces of music in this composition. Most are not particularly well known today, with the exception of the last movement, a reprise of the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus lifted straight from Messiah. The first performance of Handel’s anthem was a great success, with moving and uplifting music that still holds ready appeal today.

Tuesday 27 March - Passiontide Service

18.00, Strand Chapel

This wonderful candlelit service is similar in style to the Advent service and incorporates elements of the liturgy of the church for Lent and Holy Week.

Saturday 31 March - Tenebrae Holy Week Festival, St John's Smith Square

13.05, St John's Smith Square

£10.00 (or £5 for Young Friends of SJSS) - book your ticket here.

Rodion Shchedrin – The Sealed Angel


The Choir of King’s College London (directed by Joseph Fort) gives a rare performance of Rodion Shchedrin’s The Sealed Angel, which sets Nikolai Leskov’s tale of a rural community protecting its religious icon. Following the tradition of Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, Shchedrin’s choral textures range from consummate strength to gentle tenderness. This concert is part of the St John’s Smith Square Holy Week Festival, curated in partnership with Tenebrae.

Returning after a hugely successful inaugural year, St John's Smith Square and Tenebrae are delighted to announce the Holy Week Festival 2018 running from 26 March - 1 April. Curated in partnership with Tenebrae, St John's Smith Square will host workshops, ticketed concerts and free late-night liturgical events exploring a vast range of sacred music in celebration of Holy Week. You can find out more here.

Thursday 10 May - Ascension Day


It is our tradition to sing hymns outside the gates of college on the Strand and then process through college for a Communion service in Chapel. 

Tuesday 15 May - London Festival of Contemporary Church Music

17.30, St Mary le Strand - Choral Evensong service

Find out more about the LFCCM here.

Wednesday 16 May - London Festival of Contemporary Church Music

13.10, St Mary le Strand - Sung Eucharist service.

Find out more about the LFCCM here.

Friday 18 May - Service of Thanksgiving, St George's Cathedral

11.00, St George's Cathedral

Each year a Service of Thanksgiving is held to commemorate those who had donated their bodies for the benefit of medical education in the previous calendar year.  This is organised by the London Anatomy Office, on behalf of the London and South East Committee of Anatomists.  

Tuesday 29 May - Roman Catholic Confirmation Mass

17.30, Strand Chapel


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