King's College Chapel, Cambridge is famous around the world. Evensong sung by the college choir in the 15th century chapel is one of the great free experiences of the Western world, but King's is best known for its annual carol service. Some time ago the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols became a property of 'Big Music' and, despite the continuing inclusion of new commissions, has crossed that crucial dividing line between art and entertainment. But, like nearby Aldeburgh, Cambridge has always been about the new. As is confirmed by this email from the city that has brought us pivotal musical figures ranging from Nick Drake, whose last album provides my headline, to David Munrow:
I thought you would be interested in a concert the Cambridge University New Music Ensemble are doing in King's Chapel on the 24th of February. They're performing Claude Vivier's amazing 'Lonely Child' (of which there is a video here if you don't know it... having just searched for it on your blog, I've just learnt that it was one of Ligeti's Desert Island Discs!), Takemitsu's Requiem and Hindemith's Viola Sonata, alongside three new student commissions from Kate Whitley, Tom Kimber and myself. There's a little more information here. My piece is a short work for soprano and chamber orchestra to a text by David Troupes who writes the wonderful webcomic Buttercup Festival as well as being a fine poet.Header image is my own variation on David Troupe's webcomic which in turn resonates (unwittingly?) with Nick Drake's Pink Moon. More celebration of music in Cambridge here.
All the best,
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