An English Evensong will be performed by the mixed choir of King’s College Cambridge, King’s Voices, Saturday March 24th 2018 at 5 PM.
Conductor is Ben Parry. Organist: Edward Reeve.
Beautiful music for choir and organ – rev. Irma Sjöfn Óskarsdóttir and Bjarni Þór Bjarnason.
All are welcome – free entrance.
Programme Notes from King’s Voices, Cambridge
King’s Voices, the mixed choir of King’s College Cambridge, perform a selection of sacred choral music which the choir typically sings at Choral Evensong each week during term in the Gothic splendour of King’s College Chapel. The Anglican service, as set down in the 16th Century by the Archbishop of the new Church of England, Thomas Cranmer – himself educated at Cambridge University and the author of the first Book of Common Prayer - has a set structure which includes an Introit, sung at the very start of the service, Responses, Psalm, Canticles and a concluding Anthem, which is an extended choral work reflecting on the day in the church’s calendar or time of year.
Some of the music has been written specifically for the King’s Chapel or indeed King’s Voices – many famous composers and musicians are associated with the College, not least the Renaissance composer Orlando Gibbons, who was a boy treble in the Chapel Choir at the end of the 16th century. We present some works by current King’s music students Joshua Ballance and Nathanael Smalley as well as a short anthem by the choir’s current director, Ben Parry. In 2018 we commemorate not only the 65th anniversary of the coronation of Elizabeth II but also the 100th anniversary of the death of Sir Hubert Parry (no relation to our current director!), who is well known for writing ceremonial music for British coronations.
Other anthems typically include pieces written across many centuries, from Thomas Tallis’ 16th century motet If Ye Love Me, to British composer Roxanna Panufnik’s recent composition O Hearken, a setting of a verse from Psalm 5 written for the choir of Westminster Abbey.
We are also delighted to include some Icelandic repertoire – the famous hymn Heyr, himna smiður and Sævarsson’s beautiful motet Fyrir mig, Jesú, þoldir þú from his Hallgrimur Passion.