King’s at the Cathedral Series 2016-17


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 and from the King’s Co-op Bookstore, 902-422-1270 ext. 261.

Past Concerts

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
General Admission $25, Students $10
Reserve in advance at Antigonish Performing Arts 902.867.3909 or
Tickets also sold at the door.

Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. – St John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg
Presented by Musique Royale
General Admission $25, Students $10 at the door.
Reserve in advance at 902.634.9994 / or Shop on the Corner (Lunenburg).
Tickets also sold at the door.

Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax
Patron $100 (front rows), Priority $45 (front section),
General seating in the Nave $25 in advance / $30 at door, Students $20
Great Choir & Transept seating $20, Students $15
Reserve in advance at / 902.422.6278 or the King’s Co-op Bookstore / 902.422.1270 ext. 261.
Remaining tickets sold at the door.

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.