Choir of King's College Cambridge


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Bach, J S:

Chorale Prelude BWV729 'In dulci jubilo'

Chorale Preludes II, BWV645-650 'Schübler Chorales'

Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben': Jesu, bleibet meine Freude

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury


Concerto grosso Op. 6 No. 8 in G minor 'fatto per la notte di Natale'

Fasch, J F:

Concerto in D for trumpet, 2 oboes, strings and continuo, FaWV L: D1


Sonata in D for Trumpet, strings & continuo

With this release Alison records on the natural trumpet for the first time since the hugely successful album Sound the Trumpet. Inspired by seasonal Baroque repertoire, the recording includes concertos by Bach, Corelli, Torelli, and Fasch performed with the Academy of Ancient Music under the direction of violinist Pavlo Besnosiuk. The Schübler Chorales and In dulce jubilo by Bach, performed in arrangements for trumpet and organ played here by Stephen Cleobury, act as a beautiful foil to the full orchestral sound of the concertos. Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring featuring Stephen Cleobury and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge tops off this Christmas cracker of an album. This classy winter-themed album is a perfect core classical seasonal offering.

“The solo playing gleams with lustre, but the musical connections with Christmas are peripheral” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016 ***

“True highlights are the Fasch and Torelli concertos, where we get to fully appreciate Balsam’s immaculate, singing-toned clarion playing to the full. Equally, I was held transfixed through her long, fluid and wonderfully shaped obbligato lines above the Choir of King’s College in ‘Jesu, joy of man’s desiring’…some wonderful moments” Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

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Duruflé: Requiem

Duruflé: Requiem


Requiem, Op. 9

Messe Cum Jubilo, Op. 11

Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, Op. 10

For this new recording the choir are reunited with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment to perform Maurice Duruflé’s 1947 'Requiem', in the composer’s own version for soprano, choir, organ and small orchestra. The album is completed with the 'Messe Cum Jubilo' for male voices and the Four Motets, mirroring Fauré’s 'Messe Basse' for boys on the earlier album, to which this is very much a partner.

The most famous of the Four Motets is 'Ubi Caritas' (‘Where charity and love are, God is there), a staple of the choir’s Easter repertoire and which was sung at Downing Street when the choir attended the Prime Minister’s Easter reception in 2013.

The choir is joined by Patricia Bardon, youngest ever prize-winner of the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, for the 'Pie Jesu' of the Requiem, with the other solo sections sung by the men of the choir in accordance with Duruflé’s instructions. Former choral scholar Ashley Riches, also a former member of the Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artists programme, returns to the choir as soloist in the 'Messe Cum Jubilo'.

This recording represents the last time the organ at King’s was played before it was removed for substantial restoration.

“this is an excellent disc. The performances have been very well recorded and the documentation is good.” MusicWeb International, 17th October 2016

“The choir and the King’s organ (played by Tom Etheridge) are beautifully caught in the famously generous chapel acoustics, tender and lyrical one moment, splendid and grand the next … the men of the choir produce a consistently warm, well-focused sound. A fine addition to the Duruflé discography and to King’s College’s expanding library of own-label recordings.” Choir & Organ, November/December 2016

“The unaccompanied Quatre Motets are neatly presented, if a touch glib and emotionally reticent. Probably the best performance here is of the Messe Cum Jubilo for baritones, where the singers’ familiarity with plainchant is again telling…there’s plenty of fire and interpretive detail in the singing” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016 ****

“The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and Stephen Cleobury opt for the 1961 edition, joining forces with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and soloist Patricia Bardon (the baritone solos are performed by unison basses). The effect is often hazily beautiful, chords suspended in the air of King’s Chapel” Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

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Evensong Live 2016

Evensong Live 2016

Benjamin, G:

'Twas in the year that King Uzziah died

Gibbons, O:

This is the Record of John

Grier, F:



Magnificat (Gloucester, 1946)

Collegium Regale: Te Deum


Drop, Drop Slow Tears


O sacrum convivium


At the round earth’s imagined corners


Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei, Z135


Evening Service in G, Op. 81: Magnificat


Magnificat & Nunc dimittis (Collegium Sancti Johannis Cantabrigiense)


Laudate nomen Domini

Vaughan Williams:

Valiant for Truth


Jubilate Deo



Evensong Live 2016 is a selection of the best weekly webcasts recorded during the preceding academic year (2014-15). Real services at King’s College Chapel are recorded using a state-of-the-art recording system concealed in the roof, vestry and organ loft. Microphones are suspended discreetly above the choir stalls, recording each of the choir’s services and performances.

This album showcases the best performances during the year, as selected by the choir’s Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury, providing a cross-section of the daily music making at King’s, and capturing the atmosphere and acoustic of the Chapel. It serves as a snapshot of the choir at a specific moment in time and presents evensong as one of the jewels of our national heritage: not a relic, but a living and breathing part of our culture. The choir at King’s performs evensong six times a week, in addition to Sunday eucharist or matins, furnishing the liturgy with music on a daily basis. This tradition has fostered many of the greatest choirs, singers and organists in the world.

This selection of music This release joins the label’s other, critically-acclaimed, recordings including: 'English Hymn Anthems', a Gramophone Editor’s Choice; 'Fauré: Requiem', Classic FM Album of the Year 2014; and '1615: Gabrieli in Venice', the first classical album to utilise Dolby’s groundbreaking Atmos technology.

“There are many subtleties in this set of performances. The intimate interplay between the crystalline solo of treble Tom Hopkins and his fellow choristers in Stanford’s Magnificat is one of them … [Highlights include] Twas the year that King Uzziah died, a gripping setting by King’s alumnus George Benjamin, where tenor Toby Ward is an eloquent soloist.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2016 ****

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Paradisum: Serene Sacred Songs

Paradisum: Serene Sacred Songs

Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben': Jesu, bleibet meine Freude

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Magnificat in D major, BWV243: Quia respexit humilitatem

Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)


A Simple Song (from Mass)


Os justi meditabitur sapientiam


Caccini, G:

Ave Maria

Elina Garanca (mezzo)


Requiem: Pie Jesu

Renee Fleming (soprano)

Requiem: In Paradisum

Sir Neville Marriner

Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Franck, C:

Panis Angelicus

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)


The Ground

Renee Fleming (soprano)


Repentir (O Divine Redeemer)

Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano)

Ave Maria

Juan Diego Florez (tenor)


Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Andreas Scholl (countertenor)

Lloyd Webber, A:

Requiem: Pie Jesu

Anna Netrebko (soprano)


Sancta Maria

Andrea Bocelli (tenor)


Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Op. 34 No. 2

Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)


Ave verum corpus, K618

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Requiem in D minor, K626 - Lacrimosa

Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K339: Laudate Dominum

Felicity Palmer (soprano)


Vespers, Op. 37: Khvalite imya Godpodne

How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7

Anna Netrebko (soprano)

Ramirez, A:

Misa Criolla: Kyrie

Jose Carreras (tenor)


Ave Maria, D839

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Du bist die Ruh D776 (Rückert)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Mille Cherubini in coro

Andrea Bocelli (tenor)


Song for Athene

The Holst Singers


Larghetto from "Nulla in Mundo pax sincera"

Emma Kirkby (soprano)


Der Engel (No. 1 from Wesendonck-Lieder)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)


Lux aurumque

This 2CD collection brings together the calmest and most thoughtful sacred songs ever written, performed by the world’s greatest singers including Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko, Renée Fleming, José Carreras and Bryn Terfel.

Composers range from Mozart and Bach to the contemporary cool of today’s great writers such as Eric Whitacre and Ola Gjeilo.

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Carols from Kings

Carols from Kings

60th Anniversary Edition

1 Once in royal David’s city H Gauntlett & A Mann, desc. S Cleobury,

2 Up! good Christen folk Piae Cantiones arr. G R Woodward

3 A tender shoot O Goldschmidt, 4 Sussex Carol Traditional, arr. D Willcocks

5 Stille Nacht F Gruber, arr. S Cleobury, 6 In the bleak mid-winter G Holst

7 It came upon the midnight clear Traditional, arr. A Sullivan, desc. S Cleobury

8 Gabriel’s message Basque Traditional, arr. E Pettman Benedicamus Domino P Warlock

9 A spotless Rose H Howells, 10 Joys seven Traditional, arr. S Cleobury

11 God rest you merry, gentlemen Traditional, arr. D Willcocks, 12 The Lamb J Tavener

13 Ding! dong! merrily on high J Tabourot, arr. M Wilberg & P Stevens

14 Noël nouvelet French Traditional, arr. S Jackson

15 I saw three ships Traditional, arr. S Preston

16 The Three Kings P Cornelius, arr. I Atkins

17 A babe is born W Mathias

18 God is with us J Tavener

19 Hark! the herald-angels sing F Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, desc. S Cleobury

20 Von Himmel hoch, BWV 606 J S Bach

This DVD includes the full 2014 service and a 60-minute documentary detailing the history of this central component of the British Christmas tradition. Enjoyed in millions of homes each Christmas eve, 'Carols from King’s' is an enchanting hour and a half of choral worship, beginning with a lone chorister singing Gauntlett’s reverent 'Once in Royal David’s City' and concluding with the triumphant 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing'. This special edition includes '60 Years of Carols from King’s', a BBC documentary narrated by Juliet Stevenson, which charts the history of the service since 1954. The film gives an insight into the tradition of selecting the soloists for 'Once in Royal David’s City', what goes on behind the scenes, what life is like for a chorister in the Choir and the impact these experiences have on generations of choristers.

“It is a stirring, moving mix, steeped in tradition but with the purity, freshness and professionalism of the King’s choir to keep it poignantly alive.” The Telegraph, 23rd December 2015

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1615 Gabrieli in Venice

1615 Gabrieli in Venice

Gabrieli, G:

In ecclesiis a 14

Canzon Seconda a 6

Suscipe, clementissime Deus à 12

Hodie completi sunt dies pentecostes

Jubilate Deo 10vv

Canzon Terza a 6

Quem vidistis pastores a 14

Sonata XXI con tre violini

Exsutavit cor meum in Domino a 6

Surrexit Christus a 11

Canzone prima a 5

Litaniae Beatissimae Mariae Virginis

Magnificat a14

Much of Giovanni Gabrieli’s music was composed for grand ceremonial occasions. 2015 marks not just the 400th anniversary of the publication of this collection of works from 1615, but also the 500th anniversary of the completion of King’s College Chapel. The Choir celebrates these anniversaries with the first classical album ever to use Dolby’s new Atmos technology, which uses ceiling-mounted speakers to reproduce the acoustics of the Chapel with unprecedented realism. This recording pays homage to one of the most influential musicians of the Venetian Renaissance from within one of the great buildings of the English Renaissance. As well as being principal organist at St Mark’s Basilica, Gabrieli was a prolific composer of sacred vocal and instrumental music. The early brass ensembles for which Gabrieli composed are no longer to be found performing in St Mark’s Basilica, but this tradition is alive and well in Cambridge. The Choir is joined by His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts playing faithful recreations of instruments from Gabrieli’s time. The Choir is one of Britain’s oldest musical institutions, but has always been committed to innovation in pursuit of excellence. This, the first classical album to be mixed and released using Dolby’s new Atmos technology, provides a three-dimensional experience like no other: the new surround sound-encoding includes height information as well as width and depth to offer a truly immersive sound experience. This recording will be released in both SACD and Pure Audio Blu-ray formats.

“The choral sound is candid and transparent, the lower, adult voices sensitively balanced so as not to swamp the delicate timbre of the boy choristers. His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts offer flawless, vocally-inspired ensemble playing, their plangent wind instruments gleaming and glimmering like the gold mosaics in San Marco” BBC Music Magazine, February 2016 ****

“an exciting recording of this consistently brilliant music.” Early Music Today, March/May 2016

“His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts (yes that is a 'g') are well known for their expert playing of the fiercely difficult Renaissance cornett and the more easily handled trombone-like sackbutt. Within the spacious acoustic of Kings College Chapel they sound both lyrical and grand as required and when joining the voices the resultant polyphony is quite glorious to hear.” MusicWeb International, January 2016

“The posthumously published Symphoniae Sacrae collection contains the most magnificent music from Venice in the early 17th century. This choice selection includes, besides works such as the 14-part In ecclesiis and the 10-part Jubilate Deo, Hugh Keyte’s luxuriant reconstruction of the unfinished Quem vidistis pastores. Stephen Cleobury’s forces give opulent readings.” Sunday Times, 15th November 2015

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Evensong Live 2015

Evensong Live 2015


Litanies, AWV100


Totus Tuus, Op. 60


Hear My Prayer


Hear my words, ye people

Parsons, R:

Ave Maria


Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël


Loquebantur variis linguis

Videte miraculum

Vaughan Williams:

Five Mystical Songs: Antiphon

Evensong Live 2015 is drawn from the best of the Choir’s weekly webcasts recorded during the preceding academic year (2013-2014).

The recordings are made during real services, using a state-of-the-art recording system concealed in the roof, vestry and organ loft, with microphones suspended above the choir stalls and organ. Webcasts are posted every Saturday, and are available online at:

This album includes a selection of the best performances captured during the year, as selected by the Choir’s Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury. The Choir at King’s performs evensong six times a week, in addition to Sunday eucharist or matins, furnishing the liturgy with music on a daily basis.

This tradition has fostered many of the greatest choirs, singers and organists in the world.

These eighty minutes provide a cross section of some of the everyday music making that happens at King’s, capturing the atmosphere and acoustic of the Chapel. It serves as a snapshot of the choir at a specific moment in time, and presents evensong as one of the jewels of our national heritage, not a relic, but a living and breathing part of our culture.

This release joins the label’s other critically-acclaimed recordings. Mozart Requiem Realisations received ****Performance ****Recording from BBC Music Magazine. The celebrated Fauré Requiem received Recording of the Month from BBC Music Magazine, a **** review from Choir & Organ, Outstanding from International Record Review and No. 1 in the UK Specialist Classical Chart.

“standards such as Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer set alongside Poulenc’s acrobatically difficult Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël and works by Tallis, Parsons, Parry and others, all sung with the precision and grace that make this choir world famous.” The Guardian

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Carols from King's

Carols from King's

'Carols from King’s' is a cornerstone of the BBC’s Christmas programming output, traditionally shown on both Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Along with the live radio broadcast of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, this pre-recorded special service features favourite carols and lessons from one of the world’s top choral groups in the spectacular setting of King’s College Chapel. Available on DVD for the first time, this recording features the full service recorded shortly before its broadcast in December 2013.

2014 marks the 60th anniversary of Carols from King’s - an occasion marked by the broadcast on Christmas eve of a 60-minute documentary on the history of the service, immediately preceding the 2014 service, as well as the broadcast of a restored version of the first 'Carols from King’s', recorded in 1954 with Boris Ord conducting.

The DVD’s release will be accompanied by an extensive international press and marketing campaign. The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge will perform alongisde the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Bach’s Magnificat at The Chapel, Cambridge, on the 12th November 2014, and again at the Barbican, London, on the 6th December 2014, conducted by Stephen Cleobury. On the 16th and 17th December the Choir and Stephen Cleobury will appear in Edinburgh, Usher Hall, performing Christmas music including Poulenc’s 'Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël'.

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is one of the world’s foremost choirs and unquestionably among the most widely heard. It owes its existence to King Henry VI, who envisaged the daily singing of services in his magnificent chapel. This remains the Choir’s raison d’être, and is an important part of the lives of its 16 choristers, who are educated at King’s College School, and the 14 choral scholars and two organ scholars, who study a variety of subjects in the College. The Choir has produced numerous professional singers including James Gilchrist, Christopher Purves and Gerald Finley.

Booklet with notes in English, French and German, and a reproduction of the original service booklet with carol texts.

“I recommend this strongly.” International Record Review, December 2014

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Christmas Carols from Kings

Christmas Carols from Kings


01. Once in Royal David's City, carol

02. Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)

03. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)

04. The Holly and the Ivy (English)

05. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssohn's Festgesang for the Gutenburg Festival)

06. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night)

07. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)

08. In the Bleak Midwinter

09. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English)

10. The Lamb, for chorus

11. Angels from the Realms of Glory

12. Adam Lay Y-Bounden, carol

13. The Three Kings (a.k.a. "We Three Kings")

14. I Saw A Maiden (Basque)

15. Quelle est cette odeur agréable? (Whence is that goodly fragrance?) (French)

16. Quem pastores laudavere (Hohenfurth Manuscript, 1410)

17. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (English)

18. A Maiden Most Gentle (French)

19. A Spotless Rose, for chorus

20. Sans Day Carol

21. I Wonder As I Wander

22. The Cherry Tree Carol

23. I Sing of a Maiden for 2 voices & piano

24. Gabriel's Message (Basque)

25. Personent hodie (On this day Earth shall ring) (Piae Cantiones)


01. The First Nowell (English)

02. In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones)

03. O Little Town of Bethlehem

04. I Saw Three Ships, carol

05. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

06. Away in a manger (Tune: Cradle Song) (New English Hymnal 22)

07. Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")

08. O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol

09. Myn Lyking

10. Jesus Christ the Apple Tree (The Apple Tree Carol)

11. All my heart this night rejoices, hymn

12. Dormi Jesu (The Virgin's Cradle Hymn)

13. Riu, riu, chiu

14. O Jesulein süß, o Jesulein mild (O Little One Sweet), carol (NEH No. 31)

15. Shepherd's Cradle Song

16. How Far Is It to Bethlehem? (Children's Song of the Nativity) (Tune: Stowey) (English)

17. The Truth From Above

18. Up! Good Christian Folk, and Listen (Piae cantiones)

19. Remember, O thou man (from Melismata, 1611)

20. Quittez pasteurs (O come away ye shepherds) (French)

21. The Lord at first did Adam make

22. The infant King (Basque)

23. Ein Kind geborn zu Bethleham

24. And All in the Morning ("On Christmas Day"), carol for chorus or voice & piano (Traditional English

25. Of the Father's heart begotten (A Christmas Procession)

26. In dulci jubilo (II), chorale prelude for organ, BWV 729 (BC K115)

For many households, the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from Kings College Cambridge, inaugurated on Christmas Eve 1919, is an integral part of Christmas celebrations, but many of our best-loved carols date back as far as the 15th century. They are presented here alongside paintings from the National Gallery depicting the Christmas story, from the Nativity to the Adoration of the Magi.

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The Story of King's College Choir & Chapel, Cambridge

The Story of King's College Choir & Chapel, Cambridge

The Boast of King's

Documentary exploring the history and tradition of King's College Choir in Cambridge. The institution was founded by King Henry VI in 1441 and remains one of the most prestigious centres for choral music today.

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