"". . . no noise nor silence, but one equal music"" King's College Tip by tatiana1970

King's College, Cambridge: 25 reviews and 36 photos

  King's College Chapel
by tatiana1970

These words of the poet John Donne sum up a visit to King's College Chapel very well.

The best way to see King's Chapel is to attend one of the services - ideally on a winter's evening when the chapel is candlelit. The fan vaulting looks incredible when lit by these candles.. Someone once said that this place is so beautiful, it hurts. Not far wrong. The services are, as stated elsewhere, free of charge, but visitors should remember that the services are an act of worship and NOT concerts. Unlike certain other churches, college chapels and cathedrals in Britain, it is not possible to listen to or watch the choir rehearsing/practising, or at least not from inside the chapel. If the music being sung is particularly popular (e.g. Allegri 's Miserere on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday), start queuing outside the south door well before the service is due to start (45 minutes to 1 hour). But don't be surprised if several people (choristers' parents, members of the college, etc.) jump the queue and sneak in ahead of you.

And if you've been impressed by what you've heard, don't forget to head up the road to St John's and listen to the choir there as well. The building is nowhere near as spectacular, but the choir is also one of the best of its type in the world.

Address: King's Parade, Cambridge
Phone: 44-1223-331100
Website: http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/

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  • Updated Oct 4, 2003
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