Chapel Choir is first visiting choir to sing Evensong at King’s College, Cambridge

The world famous chapel of King’s College, Cambridge opened its doors to singers from the Ipswich School Chapel Choir last week; making the school’s choir the first visiting choir to sing Evensong with the King’s Voices choir.

Andrew Leach, who is the Director of Music at Ipswich School’s Britten Faculty of Music, said: “The event was a wonderful opportunity for the Ipswich School students. We were very lucky to be given the opportunity to sing with such an expert choir, in arguably the most famous of the Cambridge Colleges. The eyes of the school students widened as we entered the chapel.”
Mr Leach added: “Our thanks go to King’s Voices and their conductor Ben Parry, to the staff of King’s College for their very warm welcome, and to those who worked hard behind the scenes to arrange this unprecedented and memorable invitation.”

One member of the Chapel Choir wrote afterwards: "It was a fantastic experience for the choir, singing in the very same chapel that is home to the famous Nine Lessons and Carols broadcast across the world every year at Christmas on the BBC."  

Appropriately for the Britten Faculty of Music, the Evensong on Monday 28 April began with the Jubilate by Benjamin Britten. The canticles were Collegium Regale by Herbert Howells, which were written especially for King's and which prompted a choir parent to comment: "I can see just what inspired Howells to write the Coll. Reg. Gloria - the music floating up to the vaulting and the east window." The anthem was Hubert Parry's "I was glad", which sounded resplendent.

The Ipswich School Chapel Choir numbers about 60 singers, mainly students with some staff members, and sings for services both in the school chapel and at special events in Ipswich and elsewhere.

Every year the Choir sings Evensong in St Paul’s Cathedral in London, and over the past few years it has spent a week in October as resident choir in the English cathedrals of Salisbury, Winchester, Wells and Durham. The Chapel Choir has also performed in Switzerland, Poland, northern Germany, and most recently in Tuscany.

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