Concerts

King’s at the Cathedral Series 2016-17

For All the Saints 2016

Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. – Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax 

FATS16The University of King’s College Chapel Choir opens its 2016-17 King’s at the Cathedral concert series with a 20th century masterwork, the Mass in G Minor for Double Choir by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Composed in 1921, the piece is full of the rich harmonies associated with the composer in his most ‘English summertime’ moments, but the origins of the piece are also in the revival of English polyphony and with Vaughan Williams’ identification of his music with ‘the imperishable glories of English prose’.

The concert will also include works by Byrd, Barber, and Poulenc, and glorious hymns accompanied by the Cathedral’s great pipe organ and the Maritime Brass Quintet.

This performance will be the choir’s eighth annual concert celebrating All Saints and All Souls. Featured pieces in the past have been Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil (1915) and Requiem Mass settings by Duruflé (1947), Fauré (1890), Schnittke (1975), Victoria (1603), and de la Rue (c. 1500). Halley and the University of King’s College Chapel Choir continue to present mass settings that are otherwise rarely, if ever, heard performed live in Nova Scotia.

Tickets $15-$100, available at www.tickethalifax.com and from the King’s Co-op Bookstore, 902-422-1270 ext. 261.

This concert will also be presented at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Saint John, New Brunswick on Friday October 28th at 7:00 p.m.

A King’s Christmas 2016

“Annual magic”, with narrator Roberta Barker

Friday, December 16 at 8:00 p.m. – St Ninian Cathedral Parish, Antigonish
Saturday, December 17 at 4:00 p.m. – St John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg
Sunday, December 18 at 4:00 & 7:30 p.m. – Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax

Described by the Chronicle Herald as “annual magic”, A King’s Christmas is back for its ninth year. This feast of seasonal song and story is performed in a tour of Nova Scotian communities each year and has become an annual tradition for many. The music features carols from the mediaeval to the modern, and both music and readings highlight works from the Maritimes, often with original material written for the occasion by Halley or the narrator.

This year’s narrator is Roberta Barker, an alumna of King’s, who is Associate Professor of Theatre at King’s/Dalhousie and concurrently the Associate Director of the Fountain School of Performing Arts. Ms Barker brings to these concerts a wealth of expertise in drama and literature with particular focus on the works of Canadian women.

Tickets $20-$100, available soon at www.tickethalifax.com and from the King’s Co-op Bookstore, 902-422-1270 ext. 261.

Bach’s ST. JOHN PASSION

Saturday, April 8, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. – St John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg
Sunday, April 9, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. – Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax

The King’s Chapel Choir is returning to its cycle of Bach masterworks after a ‘gap year’ in which the Vespers of 1610 by Claudio Monteverdi were presented. The St. John Passion began our cycle of the three Bach Masterworks in March 2010. Taking our cue from the wonderful reviews of the Vespers concerts, this year’s presentation will be performed using period instruments and world-class soloists.

These performances in two of Nova Scotia’s architectural gems promise an outstanding musical and educational experience for students and audience members alike.

Tickets available soon at www.tickethalifax.com and from the King’s Co-op Bookstore, 902-422-1270 ext. 261.

Choral Services in the King’s Chapel

The Chapel Choir sings Choral Evensong every Wednesday and Solemn Eucharist every Thursday in the Chapel – here’s the list of music you will hear at these services.