News & Events
***As things stand, Choir activity is suspended until further notice. Please note the current advice from King's re Coronavirus***
Watch this space!
Special Services & Events:
Wednesday 25 September - Opening of Year Service
Saturday 5 October - KCLCA Evensong Service
Wednesday 16 October - Honorary Degree Ceremony
Friday 18 October - Guy's & St Thomas' Palliative Care Unit Service
16.00, Strand Chapel
Find out more here.
Tuesday 5 November - All Souls' Service
Friday 15 November - Mahler 2 with David Briggs and the Choir
19.00, Southwark Cathedral
Wednesday 4, Thursday 5, Friday 6 December - Advent Carols
19.30, College Chapel
We look forward to welcoming world-renowned concert organist David Briggs to King's for a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in his arrangement for organ, together with the Choir.
This promises to be a very special occasion, and we expect a packed Chapel! Book here.
Tuesday 10 December - Christmas Carol Service by Candlelight
17.30, College Chapel
A solemn and traditional service of music and readings by candlelight, progressing from darkness to light.
Congregants are required to be seated by 17.20 for a prompt start to the service at 17.30. The duration of the service is approximately 90 minutes and admissions and exits during the service can only be facilitated while hymns are being sung to avoid disruption.
Mulled wine and mince pies will be served after the service.
Tickets will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite from the end of October.
Friday 13 December - 34th Christmas Festival Concert, St John's Smith Square
17.30, College Chapel
Traditionally, this has been a more informal event to which we welcome all members of the King's community.
This is a chance to sing all your favourite Christmas carols - no tickets are required for this event, but in recent years it has been very full so come early to grab a good seat!
Saturday 14 December - Concert - Handel's Messiah with the London Handel Orchestra
19.30, St John's Smith Square
Choir of King's College London with The Strand Consort
Featured in the Guardian’s annual ‘best carol services’ review, the Advent Carols services at King’s are something of a signature dish for the Choair.
Every year, over a thousand people attend the services in the College Chapel, which are repeated over three nights in early December. The service is structured around the Great O Antiphons of Advent, which collectively point towards the Christmas birth.
2019 is an exciting year for us. It sees the release of a new disc, ‘Advent Carols from King’s College London’, which features several pieces by King’s composers, including Professor Sir George Benjamin. It also sees the launch of a new choir, The Strand Consort, made up largely of alumni—former choral scholars from the Chapel Choir. This concert brings the two choirs together, sharing the stage for the first time.
Appropriately, the programme revolves around the O Antiphons of Advent. In the first half, the Choir of King’s College London presents the original, plainchant O Antiphons, each paired with an Advent motet from the new disc. In the second half the Strand Consort presents a powerful new setting of the O Antiphons, from the 1990s, by Pawel Łukaszewski. The two choirs open and close the concert together, with Palestrina’s resounding ‘Canite tuba’ and Poulenc’s mystical ‘Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël’.
Tickets are £25, £20, £15, £10 - book here.
Tuesday 4 February - Evensong with North London Collegiate School
Thursday 6 February - Sung Orthodox Vespers for Runciman Lecture
Friday 7 February - Allegri's Miserere - Brandenburg Festival
Tuesday 25 February - Memorial Service for Professor Sir Michael Howard
Wednesday 26 February - Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service
Saturday 7 March - Mozart in Italy, Cadogan Hall
19.00, Strand Chapel
Handel’s perennial masterpiece is a firm favourite in the Christmas calendar - come and hear this special performance with the London Handel Orchestra.
Tickets are £25 unreserved seating - book here.
Thursday 19 March - The Cloud Messenger, Barnes Music Festival
15.30, Cadogan Hall
Tickets: £15 > book here
Professor Cliff Eisen investigates the church music with which Mozart came into contact in Italy, and recounts the celebrated story of how the 14-year-old composer inadvertently flouted a longstanding Papal decree by writing out the music of Allegri’s Miserere from memory, having heard it performed at the Sistine Chapel.
Musical examples are provided by the Choir of King's College London, conducted by Ed Jones.
Duration: approx. 1 hour
Friday 15 May - Service of Thanksgiving
19.30, St Mary's Barnes
Tickets: £15 > book here
Following their sold-out debut in 2019, the Choir of King’s College London returns to the Barnes Music Festival this year with a rare performance of Gustav Holst’s The Cloud Messenger, in a new chamber arrangement by conductor Joseph Fort. Holst devoted seven years to the composition of this work, which he completed at home in Barnes in 1910, as he noted on the manuscript. The immediate predecessor to The Planets, it combines a Wagnerian harmonic richness and structure with clear hints of Holst’s mystical tonal language that was to come.
The Cloud Messanger is combined with Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, which the composer arranged for Christmas morning in 1870, the assembled musicians first performing it at the top of the stairs, outside his wife’s bedroom. We open the concert with another rarely-heard English treasure – The Five Mystical Songs by Holst’s great friend, Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Thursday 21 May - Ascension Day
11.00, St George's RC 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.
Ushers and readers are provided by a teaching institution served by the London Anatomy Office on a rotational basis. This year's service will be hosted by Queen Mary University of London.
09.15 - Singing on the Strand
09.30 - Eucharist service
It is our tradition to sing hymns outside the gates of King's on the Strand and then process to a Communion service. This is followed by breakfast in Covent Garden.