Live performance recording of the Vespers of 1610 by Claudio Monteverdi. Performed and recorded on April 17, 2016 by the University of King’s College Chapel Choir, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Directed by Paul Halley. With soloists Hélène Brunet (soprano), Janelle Lucyk (soprano), Sarah Myatt, (mezzo-soprano), Charles Daniels (tenor), Philippe Gagné (tenor), Martin Auclair (bass); David Greenberg (concertmaster); instrumentalists from Canada, U.S.A., and the U.K., and the boy choristers of Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir. Full credits appear at the end of the video.
The King’s College Chapel Choir is suspending its cycle of Bach masterworks for one year to present another great pillar of the Baroque repertoire – the Vespers of 1610 by Claudio Monteverdi. A monumental work scored for soloists, choir, and orchestra, the Vespers foreshadowed the religious masterworks of Bach and Handel, and has earned a place in the history of western music as a revolutionary and now iconic work.
Featuring the King’s choristers alongside 14 instrumentalists on period instruments, well-known British tenor Charles Daniels, a cast of early music soloists from across Canada, and the boy sopranos of Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir, this tour of performances in three of Nova Scotia’s architectural gems promises an outstanding musical and educational experience for students and audience members alike.
This is your chance to see Monteverdi’s masterwork in all the splendour with which it is performed in Europe and the major urban centres of North America, right here in Nova Scotia!
Back for its eighth year, A King’s Christmas is a feast of seasonal song and story directed by five-time Grammy winner Paul Halley, featuring the University of King’s College Chapel Choir performing a beautiful blend of carols from the medieval to the modern. Veteran New York City stage and TV actor R. Bruce Connelly joins the group as guest narrator and will intersperse the music with readings for the season, including poetry, excerpts from novels, short stories, and other literary works.