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Spem in alium

  • St Bartholomew the Great Cloth Fair London EC1A 7JQ United Kingdom (map)

This programme continues a long-running tradition, whereby the Choir of King's College London performs Tallis's famous work for forty voices 'Spem in alium' at the Brandenburg Festival. This year, we pair it with Frank Martin's wonderful 'Mass for Double Choir', which the choir has just recorded for Delphian Records. We open the concert with Tallis's setting of the 'Lamentations of Jeremiah'--thus moving from despair to hope over the course of the performance.

The Choir of King’s College London is one of the leading university choirs in England. The choir’s principal role at King’s is to provide music for chapel worship, with weekly Eucharist and Evensong offered during term, as well as various other services. Services from the chapel are frequently broadcast on BBC Radio; the Epiphany Carols Service was broadcast on Radio 3 in January 2017. The choir also regularly sings for worship outside the university, including at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

In addition, the choir gives many concert performances. In June 2017 the choir joined forces with Britten Sinfonia to give the UK premiere of Samuel Barber’s The Lovers (Chamber Version) at Kings Place, the performance described in The Times as ‘sung beautifully, the voices judiciously blended’. The choir tours widely, with recent destinations including Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Nigeria and the USA. 2017 also saw a collaboration with Mary Bevan, Marcus Farnsworth, James Baillieu and Richard Uttley to record the German Requiem of Johannes Brahms in its 1872 English-language setting for Delphian Records, to critical acclaim.


Thomas Tallis | Lamentations of Jeremiah I & II
Frank Martin | Mass for Double Choir a cappella
Thomas Tallis | Spem in alium

Choir of King’s College London
Joseph Fort
— Conductor

This concert will last approximately one hour, without an interval.

Tickets £19 (premium) £14 (unreserved) £5 (children) — call our box office on 07528 776625 or book online now!

Our premium tickets include a reserved seat (this differs per venue according to acoustic, but is usually 3–5 rows from the front, near the centre aisle), a programme, and a voucher for a drink which can be redeemed either before the concert or during the interval.

A combined ticket for both of this evening's concerts is available, which offers a 25% discount — please call our box office for availability.