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Spem in alium by candlelight

  • St Martin-in-the-Fields Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 4JJ UK (map)

We welcome back the Choir of King's College London and its conductor Joseph Fort to the 2017 Spring Series. They will perform three a cappella choral masterworks spanning four centuries: Schoenberg's elusive and often surprising Friede auf Erden from the early twentieth century, Rheinberger's beautiful Mass in E flat for double choir from 40 years earlier, and Tallis's stunning 40-part motet, Spem in alium, dating from the sixteenth century. For this final work the choir will be augmented by alumni.

Choir of King's College London and alumni
Conductor - Joseph Fort

Tickets £14 (unreserved) available from the St Martin's box office - call 020 7766 1100 or click here to book online.

NB a reduced price combined ticket for this evening's two concerts is available - please call the St Martin's box office (25% discount).

Don't forget you can take part in singing the magnificent 40-part Spem in alium yourself earlier in the day by taking part in the Come & Sing event at King's College. Participant tickets are just £15 (£5 for students), and music hire is included. Click here to get your ticket.


The Choir of King’s College London is one of the leading university choirs in England. Founded in its present form in 1945, it consists of around thirty choral scholars reading a variety of subjects. King’s College London, part of the University of London, was itself founded in 1829.
The choir’s principal role is to provide music for the services in the College Chapel at King’s. In addition, the choir gives many concerts, both in England and abroad. Most recently, it has toured to France, Gibraltar, Italy and Hong Kong. Performances within the UK include appearances at the Spitalfields Festival and Oundle International Festival.
The choir performs a large and varied repertoire ranging from the fourteenth century to the present day. It regularly broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, and has made many recordings, with a particular focus on sixteenth-century English and Spanish repertoire. These recordings have attracted very favourable reviews, described in BBC Music Magazine as ‘astonishing’ and ‘a choir as passionate as it is disciplined’, and featuring as the Editor’s Choice in Gramophone.
Following some twenty years under the leadership of David Trendell, the choir is now directed by Joseph Fort. This academic year includes concerts at St. John's Smith Square, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Kings Place, a broadcast on Radio 3, a new recording with Delphian Records, a collaboration with the Britten Sinfonia, and a tour to North America

Earlier Event: February 25
Come & Sing: Spem in alium
Later Event: February 25
Vivaldi Gloria by candlelight