Join us for Choral Evensong this Sunday, September 23.
Heinrich will play a prelude recital at 4:30, and the service starts at 5.
This service will also serve as the opening service for the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, so for this special occasion we will offer "A Boston Evensong" - meaning all the composers featured are local or have ties to Boston. In addition to our own Daniel Pinkham, they include Everett Titcomb (who was the organist at our neighboring church St. John's on Bowdoin Street), perennial KC favorites James Woodman and Carson Cooman, as well as Hilary Tann, Megan Henderson, Louise Mundinger, and Marc Hoffeditz. The King's Chapel Choir will be joined for the occasion by two guest choir who will join in for various parts of the service: MagnificatBoston, directed by AGO Boston dean Louise Mundinger, and the choir of First United Methodist Church in Melrose, directed by Andrew David Mattfeld. Patrick Walker has written a new organ piece just for this occasion; it will be premiered as part of the prelude recital.
The service will be followed by a festive reception at the Parish House, spearheaded by Sylvia Soderberg and the music committee, in harmonious collaboration with our friends from the Boston AGO - please join us to greet old friends and make some new ones!
Music at King's Chapel
Heinrich Christensen, Director of Music
Sylvia Soderberg, Chair, Music Committee
The musical tradition of King's Chapel dates back to 1713 when the church became the first in New England to acquire an organ. The current C.B. Fisk instrument, King's Chapel's sixth organ, was installed in 1964.
Among the important musical events in the life of the young nation that took place at King's Chapel was the first "musical festival" in New England, held here on January 10, 1786. It took the form of a lengthy concert during the Morning Prayer service, including excerpts from Handel's Messiah. The newly founded Handel & Haydn Society gave its first public performance at King's Chapel on Christmas Day, 1815, and remains the oldest continuously performing arts organization in the United States.
The present music program at King's Chapel consists of service music, a Sunday concert series, and a Tuesday recital series. The King's Chapel Concert Series is a member of the Greater Boston Choral Consortium.
The King's Chapel Choir, consisting of seventeen professional singers under the direction of Heinrich Christensen, sings at Morning Prayer on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and major holiday services from September through May. During the summer months, individual choir members function as soloists and cantors for Sunday services.
Check below for an audio sample from our All Saints & All Souls Service, held on November 1st, as sung by choir soprano Joei Marshall Perry.