Monday 17th May - The Royal Tour – Cambridge (The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge)
King's College Cambridge
When Henry VI founded King’s College in 1441. The College Statutes of 1453 said the choir needed sixteen male singers (who worked for the church) and sixteen choristers.
Henry VI specified that the choristers were to be poor, honest boys under twelve years of age who could read and sing. As well as singing in the chapel, they had to wait at table in Hall when the scholars ate food.
The boys were given meals and clothing, and eight pence a week to pay for their accommodation. They were not allowed to walk outside of the College grounds without permission from their Master.
Now, any boys who love singing and are in years 2, 3 or 4 can audition to sing in the choir. You have to live at the school though as doing all or your school work and singing lots of services is like a full time job!
The King’s Men is the close-harmony group (a bit like Pentatonix) - this is made up of the men who sing in the choir. They sing at all of the daily services in term time and then perform this music at concerts all over the world.