Tallis Spem in alium by Candlelight
We welcome back the King’s College London Chapel Choir and their alumni to perform Tallis’ spectacular 40-part motet.
Tallis – Spem in alium
The Choir of King’s College London
This concert will last approximately one hour without an interval.
NB a reduced price combined ticket will be available for this evening’s two concerts from the St Martin’s box office.
The Choir of King’s College London is one of the most acclaimed mixed voice university choirs in England. Founded in its present form in 1945, it consists of 30 choral scholars reading a variety of subjects.
King’s College London, part of the University of London, was itself founded in 1829. Besides providing music for the services in the magnificent (and recently-restored) Scott-designed Chapel at King’s, the choir has a burgeoning reputation, particularly for its performances of Renaissance polyphony. Their recording of music by the Spanish sixteenth- century composer Alonso Lobo, on the Sanctuary Gaudeamus label, received very favourable reviews, the BBC Music Magazine speaking of an ‘astonishing’ performance of Lobo’s Lamentations, ‘by a choir as passionate as it is disciplined’. A recording of John Taverner’s Missa Corona spinea (2000) and motets by William Byrd was nominated for a Gramophone Early Music award. Recent recordings have included music by Gregorio Allegri for Delphian, Philippe Rogier for Hyperion, Sebastian de Vivanco for Sanctuary Gaudeamus and a disc of music for the season of Advent for Herald. In 2008 they recorded Rodion Shchedrin’s monumental The Sealed Angel jointly with the Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, which was one the Editor’s choices in Gramophone. Last summer the choir recorded a disc of German Romantic choral music, together with the choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, including Richard Strauss’s astonishing and little-performed 20 part Deutsche Motette. This recording will be issued in July 1013.
The choir give many concerts, both in England and abroad. In December 2012 they toured Venice, where they sang a concert at San Giorgio Maggiore and Mass at San Marco’s and returned to give a concert in the annual Sy John’s Smith Square Christmas Festival. In the summer they sang seven concerts at various festivals in France, where they have given no fewer than twenty-five concerts in the last three years and in July 2011 they toured Italy. In 2010 they sang at the International Choir Festival in St Petersburg and in September 2009 they toured the east coast of the USA. The choir also regularly broadcasts for BBC Radio 3.