Choir of King's College, Cambridge to perform church music
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge (UK) will give two concerts next month featuring different programmes including works by Bach, Scarlatti, Elgar, Byrd and Taverner.
The performances, presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, will be held on July 27 and 28 (Tuesday and Wednesday) at 8pm at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
Hailed by The Times for its "...impeccable intonation, unfailing rhythmic vitality and a continually resourceful sense of light and shade", the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, is recognised internationally as the pre-eminent representative of the great British church music tradition. The choir envisaged the daily singing of services and is an important part of the lives of its 14 choral scholars and two organ scholars who are educated on generous scholarships at the College School.
The choir derives its worldwide fame and reputation from the annual broadcast of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols which is heard on radio by millions all over the world as well as its international touring programme. In recent seasons the choir has travelled to the US and Canada, South Africa, Australia and has also made a world tour including concerts in Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei, Tokyo and the US.
The choir also appears regularly in all major London halls. Last season it performed the Matthew Passion with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Kurt Masur at the Royal Festival Hall. It also continued its own series of concerts at St John's Smith Square and performances outside London.
The choir has worked with many distinguished soloists and has enjoyed a long association with orchestras such as the Philharmonia and the English Chamber Orchestra, both in the concert hall and in recordings. Contemporary music is also an important part of the choir's repertoire, and the college has a programme of commissioning works from some of the foremost composers working today; Robin Holloway was commissioned for last year's carol service and John Woolrich wrote Spring in Winter for the carol service in 2001.
The concert's director of music and conductor, Stephen Cleobury is the Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers, Organist at King's College, Cambridge, and conductor of the orchestra and chorus of the Cambridge University Musical Society. Under his direction, King's College Choir continues the daily singing of chapel services during term time and maintains a busy schedule of concerts, tours, recordings and broadcasts. During Cleobury's time, the choir has recorded a wide range of music from Byrd and Palestrina to Kodaly, Britten and Maxwell Davies. He has commissioned many works for the choir from important contemporary composers such as Richard Rodney Bennett, Peter Maxwell Davies, Nicholas Maw, Arvo Part and James Macmillan.
Tickets priced at $200, $160, $120 and $80 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). For purchases of full-price tickets, the following discounts apply: 4-9 tickets, 10%; 10-19 tickets, 15%; 20 tickets or more, 20%. A 10% discount is offered to Friends of LCSD performing venues.
Box Seats and Lounge Packages are available for private gatherings. For details, call 2268 7231.
For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321, and for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009. For Internet bookings, go to http://www.urbtix.gov.hk
. For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. Visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp
for more information on the programme.
Ends/Thursday, June 24, 2004