Concerts

Upcoming Concerts

Halley Performs Halley

A concert of new works for choir and organ written and directed by five-time Grammy winning composer Paul Halley. These 14 pieces selected from Halley’s extensive output of the last decade are all unfamiliar to Nova Scotian audiences. From wedding anthems written for his children to commissions for choirs across North America, these works set beautiful texts – including psalms, and poems by Tennyson, Neruda, Herbert, Manley Hopkins, and Mechthild of Magdeburg – in striking ways.

Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. – St John’s Anglican Church, 64 Townsend Street, Lunenburg

Presented by Musique Royale
$25 general admission / $10 students at the door

Tickets available from:
Musique Royale / 902.634.9994
Shop on the Corner, Lunenburg
and at the door.

Sunday, May 14 at 4:00 p.m. – Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Cathedral Lane, Halifax

$20 general admission / $10 students
$40 priority seating

Tickets available from:
www.tickethalifax.com / 902.422.6278
King’s Co-op Bookstore / 902.422.1270 x 261
and at the door.


Past Concerts

King’s at the Cathedral Series 2016-17

St John Passion by J.S. Bach

with

Ensemble Regale, led by David Greenberg
Matthew Anderson, Evangelist
Alexander Dobson, Jesus
Matthew Cassils, Pilate & bass arias
Janelle Lucyk, soprano arias
Daniel Taylor, alto arias
Philippe Gagné, tenor arias

stjohnpassion_posterJ. S. Bach’s masterful representation of the Passion of Christ according to St John was first performed in Leipzig on Good Friday of 1724. It is a musically extravagant setting full of foreboding and intensity yet startling in its beauty. Five-time Grammy winner Paul Halley directs the acclaimed University of King’s College Chapel Choir, the orchestra Ensemble Regale led by baroque expert David Greenberg, and a wonderful cast of soloists in two performances of the great work.

Friday, April 7, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. – Passion Dinner at Cecilia’s Retreat, Mahone Bay 
Saturday, April 8 at 4:00 p.m. – 
St John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg
Sunday, April 9 at 4:00 p.m. – Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax

A King’s Christmas 2016

With guest narrator Roberta Barker

akc16halifaxposterfinalDescribed 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 directed by five-time Grammy winner Paul Halley, and features the University of King’s College Chapel Choir performing a beautiful blend of carols from the medieval to the modern. Roberta Barker is a Professor of Theatre Studies and Associate Director of the Fountain School of Performing Arts in Halifax. Dr Barker brings to these concerts a wealth of expertise in drama and literature with particular focus on the works of regional authors.

Friday, December 16, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. – St Ninian’s Cathedral, Antigonish
Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. – St John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg
Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax

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.

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

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.