Concerts

King’s at the Cathedral Series 2014-15

 

FOR ALL THE SAINTS 2014

University of King's College Chapel Choir For All The Saints ConcertNovember 2, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. - Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax

The Chapel Choir’s annual celebration of All Saints and All Souls will this year feature the Requiem Mass of 15th-century composer Pierre de la Rue (1452 – 1518). De la Rue was the leading composer at the Burgundy-Habsburg court during the golden age of medieval polyphony and his Requiem evokes the majesty and mystery of that time. Composed around 1500, the piece is one of the earliest polyphonic requiem masses to survive to this day, and the Chapel Choir’s performance will be a Canadian premiere.

The performance will showcase instrumentalists alongside the singers and will put the architectural features and hidden spaces of All Saints Cathedral to full use. The concert will also feature music for the season of All Saints by 19th and 20th century composers.

Tickets available at www.kingschapelchoir.eventbrite.ca and from the King’s Co-op Bookstore, 902-422-1270 ext. 261.

 

A KING’S CHRISTMAS 2014

Saturday, December 6 at 8:00 p.m. – St Ninian Cathedral Parish, Antigonish
Friday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. – St John’s Anglican Church, Truro
Saturday, December 13 at 4:00 p.m. – St John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg
Sunday, December 14 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 seventh year. The choir will be joined by guest narrator, Canadian actress and author Shelley Thompson, to bring this celebrated feast of seasonal song and story to communities around Nova Scotia in a five-concert tour.

Shelley Thompson is known for her work in leading roles on London’s West End and at the Royal National Theatre as well as on stages closer to home, including with the Atlantic Theatre Festival and Neptune Theatre. She has played leading roles in BBC radio dramas, recorded numerous audio books, and appeared in film and TV. She portrays the character Barbara Lahey in the hit Canadian mockumentary program, Trailer Park Boys. She is also a writer of fiction and poetry, and is particularly known for her Christmas stories.

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

 

BACH’S MASS IN B MINOR

April 11, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. – St John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg
April 12, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. – Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax

The King’s Chapel Choir is doing something no one else in North America is currently doing: an ongoing, three-year performance cycle featuring J.S. Bach’s St John Passion, St Matthew Passion, and Mass in B Minor. This year’s work is the famous Mass in B Minor.

The work is one of Bach’s final compositions, completed in the year before his death and not performed in its entirety until a century later, following the discovery of the original score. Now widely considered one of the greatest compositions in musical history, the Mass is a summation of Bach’s lifework, a grand synthesis of enormous musical and spiritual import.

Featuring the hand-picked chamber orchestra Ensemble Regale, the King’s choristers, and a cast of early music soloists from across North America, these performances present a rare opportunity to experience the magnificence of this work live in Nova Scotia.

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