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The Choir of King's College, Cambridge

A limited number of tickets (14 Aug of Sha Tin Town Hall, $280 & 15 Aug of Hong Kong City Hall, $320) and those for box seats/ promenade seats with restricted view ($120) will be available for sale at the box offices of the performing venues from 10am on the day of the concerts.  Each person can purchase a maximum of two tickets per transaction on a first-come-first-served basis.

Venue Date & Time Price
Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall
$280, $200, $120
Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
$320, $220, $120

 “A crowning glory of our civilization.” Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen's Music


“I was gripped by a superbly atmospheric performance under Stephen Cleobury...the young choristers of King’s College Choir never faltered.”  The Times


"It was affecting to hear the sweet voices of these angelic choristers..." New York Times

About the Performer

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Founded in the fifteenth century, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is one of the world’s best known choral groups; every Christmas Eve millions of people worldwide tune into A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, a televised service that has been broadcast by the BBC since 1928.  While the Choir exists primarily to sing the daily services in King’s College Chapel, its worldwide fame and reputation, enhanced by an extensive recording catalogue, has led to invitations to perform around the globe, and to an extensive international tour schedule.


In the 2012/13 season the Choir’s many international appearances include performances at Dubrovnik International Festival, Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival and Gent Festival; performances with the Academy of Ancient Music at Symphony Hall in Birmingham and as part of Kings Places’ ‘Bach Unwrapped’ Series; a tour to the USA, including performances in New York, Minneapolis and Chicago, and return performances in Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore.  In Cambridge, they will perform a joint concert with Vienna Boys’ Choir, and will be joined on three occasions by counter tenor Andreas Scholl, for performances of Bach’s works.  Future plans for the Choir involve return tours to Australia, West Coast, USA and the Netherlands.


In October 2012, the College launched its own label with Nine Lessons & Carols – a two-disc recording of the famous Christmas Eve service.  The album includes seven carols commissioned for the Choir, including five world-premiere recordings.  Other releases will include a two-disc exploration of Mozart's Requiem, which will include some of the recent re-workings, and a Britten album scheduled to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth.


The Choir of King’s College owes its existence to King Henry VI who, in founding the College in 1441, envisaged the daily singing of services in his magnificent chapel, one of the jewels of Britain’s cultural and architectural heritage.  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 who study in the College itself.


Stephen Cleobury, CBE         Director of Music

Stephen Cleobury has for 30 years been Director of Music of King’s College, Cambridge.  His work there has brought him into fruitful relationships with leading orchestras and soloists, among them the Academy of Ancient Music, the Philharmonia, Britten Sinfonia and the BBC Concert Orchestra.  He complements and refreshes his work in Cambridge through the many other musical activities in which he engages.


At King’s, he has sought to enhance the reputation of the world-famous Choir, broadening its repertoire, commissioning new music and developing its activities in broadcasting, recording and touring.  He introduced the annual festival, Easter at King’s, from which the BBC regularly broadcasts, and, in its wake, a series of high-profile performances throughout the year, Concerts at King’s, which this season has already seen performances with the Vienna Boys’ Choir and Andreas Scholl.


From 1995 to 2007 he was Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers and is now Conductor Laureate.  He was much praised for creating an integrated choral sound from this group of first-class professional singers.


Beyond Cambridge he is in demand as a conductor, adjudicator and leader of choral workshops: last season’s engagements saw him conducting the Northern Sinfonia at the Sage Gateshead, directing the Swedish Chamber Choir, taking the CUMS Chorus to Paris, and working with the East Anglia Chamber Orchestra, of which he is President.


In recent seasons he has performed as an organ recitalist at Houston, Delaware, Minneapolis-St Paul (where he gave the premiere of Judith Bingham’s organ concerto at the American Guild of Organists’ Convention), Geneva, Finland, Newcastle and Aberdeen, Gloucester, St David’s and Westminster Cathedrals, Wymondham and Bath Abbeys, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Leeds Town Hall, and at the La Verna, Rotterdam and Toledo Organ Festivals.  The latest addition to his many organ recordings is a DVD of popular repertoire released by Priory Records.


Stephen Cleobury is a past President of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, has been Warden of the Solo Performers’ section of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and President of the Incorporated Association of Organists (IAO); he is currently Chairman of the IAO Benevolent Fund.  He was appointed CBE in 2009.


Margaret Yim(15/8 only)           Soprano

Margaret Yim graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) School of Music in 1994 with an Advanced Diploma, majoring in voice, studying under Margreta Elkins.  In the same year of her graduation, she received the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Scholarship and furthered her study in the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Australia under Professor Jane Delpratt.  She was the finalist of the San Francisco Opera Center Merola Program, 1994 and won prizes from the Bach’s Music Competition in Australia 1995, Singing Contest for Asian Chinese in Taiwan.  Yim is currently a vocal tutor of the HKAPA, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Institute of Education. 


Hong Kong Virtuosi(15/8 only)

Hong Kong Virtuosi is drawn from Hong Kong’s finest musicians and distinguished professionals.  Giving its public debut during the ‘Musicarama’ in 1997, the group later registered as a non-profit organization in 2002.  Its members share a commitment to music making at the highest level of excellence with a mission to serve the Hong Kong community.  The group has actively participated in different concerts with an aim to promote classical music to Hong Kong people.  Hong Kong Virtuosi has shared the stage with many international colleagues including Colleen Lee, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Taipei Symphony Orchestra. 


14.8.2013 (Wed)   Sha Tin Town Hall


A Song of Wisdom


Two songs from Songs of Farewell


A Song of Peace


Sechs Geistliche Lieder


Ständchen D920


Nachthelle D892


Organ Symphony No. 6, Op. 42 No. 2 - I. Allegro (Organ Solo)

Vaughan Williams

Five Mystical Songs



15.8.2013 (Thu)   Hong Kong City Hall


Venite Populi*


Epistle Sonata, K336*


Psalm 23


Kleine Orgelmesse*^



* Hong Kong Virtuosi
^ Soprano: Margaret Yim


Tickets available from 24 June onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking.


Discount Schemes

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients. (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis.) 


Group Booking Discount

10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets; 15% off for 10-19 standard tickets; 20% off for 20 or more standard tickets.


Patrons can enjoy one of the above discount schemes for each purchase.  Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.


Programme Length

Running time of each concert is about 1 hour and 45 minutes including an intermission of 15 minutes.

Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until the interval or a suitable break in the programme.

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.



Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009


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