Cambridge Early Music: Festival of the Voice
8 December 2015
Cambridge Early Music's Festival of the Voice will take place 12-15 May 2016.
The event will begin with the Choir of St John's College (directed by Andrew Nethsingha) in music by Thomas Morley and Peter Phillips, and ends with James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook in settings of Goethe.
The festival also includes performances from Vox Luminis, the Gesualdo Six, Voces8, the Three Medieval Tenors and the Choir of King's College.
Tickets cost between £5 and £23, and are free of charge for under 18s.
Cambridge Early Music
St John's Smith Square Christmas Festival
2 December 2015
The 30th edition of the St John's Smith Square Christmas Festival will take place from 11-23 December 2015.
The event will launch with a performance from the Choir of King's College London in a programme including Tallis's Spem in Alium.
There will be appearances from four Oxbridge choirs: the Choir of Christ Church Oxford; the Choir of Merton College, Oxford; the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge; and the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge.
The event concludes with performances of Bach's B minor mass (22 December, with the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge and the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment) and Handel's Messiah (23 December, with Polyphony and the OAE), now an annual tradition.
The festival also includes performances from Ex Cathedra; Siglo de Oro; Chapelle du Roi; Ensemble Plus Ultra; the Tallis Scholars; and Solomon's Knot.
St John's Smith Square
New carol for King's commissioned from Richard Causton
2 December 2015
Richard CaustonKatie Vandyck
Richard Causton is the composer of this year's King's College commission for the Nine Lessons and Carols service on Christmas Eve. His carol The Flight is an unaccompanied setting of a poem by George Szirtes.
Causton is a house composer at English National Opera and has been a lecturer in composition at the University of Cambridge since October 2012.
He has worked with ensembles including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Britten Sinfonia. Recent works include a chamber symphony commissioned by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and a piano quintet for the Nash Ensemble's 50th birthday.
Accolades include the Mendelssohn Scholarship (1997), the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for chamber-scale composition (Phoenix, 2006), and the British Composer Award for best instrumental work (Seven States of Rain, 2004).
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will take place at 3pm in King's College Chapel, Cambridge. The service will be broadcast live on Radio 4.
Winners of 'A Carol for Christmas' 2015 announced
24 November 2015
Jo Nicholls, Toby Hession, Benedict Heneghan and Clive Smith have been named the winners of the 2015 'A Carol for Christmas' competition.
They won the categories for community choir; SATB choir (composers aged 18 or under); SATB choir (composers aged 19 or over); and The King's Singers respectively.
Both Heneghan and Smith set 'I Saw Three Ships', while Hession chose 'Videntes Stellam' and Nicholls 'Christmas Bells'.
The carols by Nicholls, Hession and Heneghan will be performed by King's Junior Voices, Inner Voices and Quay Voices in King's College Chapel, Cambridge on 4 December, and the King's Singers will present their winning carol in concert that evening.
The winners were chosen by a panel comprising Stephen Cleobury, John Rutter, Richard Causton and Christopher Gabbitas.
Cleobury said: 'For our second competition here at King’s we found no diminution in the quality or quantity of entries submitted, and there were a number of excellent compositions. We can confidently look forward to enjoying the works of the winners.'
The competition is run by Music Productions on behalf of the King's Singers, King's College, Cambridge and Woodfines Solicitors in association with Edition Peters and Classic FM. Owain Park won the inaugural competition, which took place in 2012.
A Carol for Christmas
Organ recital: Michael Wynne
20 November 2015
Wynne will also offer the audience a chance to inspect and try the instrument during an interactive pre-concert talk (starting 6.45pm).
The programme will be:
M. Bergmann: Magnificat II toni
Sweelinck: Ricercar del nono tono
JS Bach: Komm, heiliger Geist
Purcell: A Voluntary‘for ye double organ’
Böhm: Partita: Freu dich sehr meine Seele
Krebs: Toccata and Fugue in E major
Wynne is also director of music at St Mary's Priory, Warrington, and is the founder and director of Warrington Choral Society. He writes for Church Music Quarterly and is a member of the Royal College of Organists.
Wynne studied organ with Ian Tracey, Susan Landale, David Titterington and Patrick Russill; improvisation with David Briggs and Olivier Latry; and conducting with Fraser Goulding and Vernon Handley. He has played in masterclasses with Jacques van Oortmerssen, Gillian Weir, Naji Hakim and Daniel Roth.
Tickets start from £9.
Michael Wynne: organ recital
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