The Choir of King’s College from Cambridge will perform at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Hyde Park on Wednesday, March 29, at 8:00 p.m.
Dr. Craig Jessop, dean of the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University, said this is one of the world’s best-known choral groups and said millions of people worldwide, including his own family, still tune in to the choir’s “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” as a Christmas Eve tradition. He noted that the choir’s televised Christmas Eve broadcast celebrated its 60<sup>th</sup> anniversary in 2014.
Jessop has long been in awe of the internationally-renowned choir and is fascinated with its history. He became acquainted with the choir in the 1960s, when Sir David Wilcox was its conductor.
“He built the world famous King’s College Chapel, one of the most beautiful chapels in the world,” said Jessop. “It’s very famous for its fan-vaulting, its English Gothic perpendicular. It creates the most beautiful sound in the chapel itself, and he endowed the choir for the singing of daily services. This goes back 500 years ago.”
The Choir of King’s College is currently led by Stephen Cleobury, who was chief conductor for the BBC singers and is now conductor laureate. The choir’s upcoming concert is free and open to the public. The choir will also perform on Thursday, March 30, at the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square.