Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Founded in the fifteenth century, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is one of the world’s most renowned choral groups, with millions of people worldwide tuning in every Christmas Eve to A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

While the choir exists primarily to sing the daily services in King’s College Chapel, its worldwide fame and reputation, enhanced by its many recordings, has led to invitations to perform around the globe. In recent seasons the Choir has travelled throughout Europe and to the US, South America, Australia and Asia-Pacific, performing in venues from Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw to Singapore’s Esplanade.

The AAM has collaborated with the Choir for many years, and in 1999 the first AAM/King’s recording was released — JS Bach’s Magnificat on EMI. Since then the relationship has gone to strength-to-strength, with a number of acclaimed concerts (including annual Passion performances) and recordings (including music by Handel and Purcell). The Choir also appears frequently with symphony orchestras: it has performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms, at the Barbican with the LSO, and gives an annual Christmas concert with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. The Choir’s recording output includes a Grammy-nominated recording of Rachmaninov’s Liturgy of St John Chrysostom.

The Choir owes its existence to King Henry VI, who also built the college chapel. As the pre-eminent representative of the great British church music tradition, the Choir regards the singing of the daily services as its raison d’être, and these are an important part of the lives of its sixteen choristers, fourteen choral scholars and two organ scholars.

Choir of King's College, Cambridge's past performances

Recordings featuring Choir of King's College, Cambridge