July 2–6, 2017
Presented by the
RCCO, & CIOC
Pre & post-festival activities July 1st and 7th
The Choir of King’s College London is one of the leading university choirs in England. Founded in its present form in 1945, it consists of around thirty choral scholars reading a variety of subjects. King’s College London, part of the University of London, was itself founded in 1829.
The choir’s principal role is to provide music for the services in the College Chapel at King’s. In addition, the choir gives many concerts, both in England and abroad. Most recently, it has toured to France, Gibraltar, Italy and Hong Kong. Performances within the UK include appearances at the Spitalfields Festival and Oundle International Festival.
The choir performs a large and varied repertoire ranging from the fourteenth century to the present day. It regularly broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, and has made many recordings, with a particular focus on sixteenth-century English and Spanish repertoire. These recordings have attracted very favourable reviews, described in BBC Music Magazine as ‘astonishing’ and ‘a choir as passionate as it is disciplined’, and featuring as the Editor’s Choice in Gramophone.
Following some twenty years under the leadership of David Trendell, the choir is now directed by Joseph Fort. This academic year includes concerts at St. John's Smith Square, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Kings Place, a broadcast on Radio 3, a new recording with Delphian Records, a collaboration with the Britten Sinfonia, and a tour to North America.
Singing daily choral evensong:
Monday to Thursday at 5:15 p.m.
Christ Church Cathedral
The Choir of King's College London