King’s offers a number of choral scholarships each year. Although many choral scholars are members of the Music Department, we are always very keen to welcome applicants from any College department, subject to timetable compatibility. Applications from postgraduate students are also welcomed.
The choir’s principal role at King’s is to provide music for chapel worship, with weekly Eucharist and Evensong offered during term, as well as various other services. Services from the chapel are frequently broadcast on BBC Radio; the Epiphany Carols Service was broadcast on Radio 3 in January 2017. The choir also regularly sings for worship outside the university, including at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
In addition, the choir gives many concert performances. Recent festival appearances in England include the Spitalfields Festival, Oundle International Festival, and the Christmas Festival at St. John’s Smith Square. In June 2017 it joined forces with Britten Sinfonia to give the UK premiere of Samuel Barber’s The Lovers (Chamber Version) at Kings Place, the performance described in The Times as ‘sung beautifully, the voices judiciously blended’.
The choir tours widely, with recent destinations including Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, and the USA. In July 2017 it served as choir-in-residence for the northeast convention of American Guild of Organists and Royal Canadian College of Organists in Montreal.
The choir has made many recordings, and enjoys an ongoing relationship with Delphian Records. Recent recordings have attracted favourable reviews, described in BBC Music Magazine as ‘astonishing’ and ‘a choir as passionate as it is disciplined’, featuring as the Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, and receiving five stars from Choir and Organ. 2017 saw a collaboration with Mary Bevan, Marcus Farnsworth, James Baillieu and Richard Uttley to record the German Requiem of Johannes Brahms in its 1873 English-language setting for Delphian Records, described as ‘utterly uplifting’ by Norman Lebrecht in La Scena Musicale and ‘an intimate, highly charged chamber performance’ by Stephen Pritchard in The Observer.
About Choral Scholarships
Choral Scholarships carry a generous stipend of up to £500, paid at the end of the academic year, with the Choir Librarian receiving a supplement.
Choral scholars studying for a degree in Music and first study singers receive vocal tuition at the Royal Academy of Music, with the other scholars entitled to paid vocal tuition with a professional voice teacher (currently Robert Rice), paid through the Choral Scholarship scheme.
How to apply
Mondays 17.00-16.30 Rehearsal
Tuesdays 16.45 Rehearsal
17.30 Evensong (normally ends c. 18.20)
Wednesdays 12.45 Rehearsal
The choir also sings for extra services including Eucharists on major feast days in term-time, a Roman Catholic Latin Mass, Greek Orthodox Vespers, Memorial Services and more.
In addition, the choir sings at London events including the London Anatomy Schools service, and services at St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.
Auditions are held by individual appointment during the period January to March each year. Email firstname.lastname@example.org in early January to arrange an audition.
Auditions are 15 minutes long and will consist of some ear tests and vocal exercises, a prepared piece of music of your choosing as well as some sight-reading.
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