Join rising early music stars Arculo, with alto Kim Porter, in the St John's College Chapel for music on the theme of royalty.
  • Date 17 March 2024 - 3.00 p.m.
  • Location Chapel, St John's College

An afternoon of late Renaissance and contemporary music on the theme of royalty.

‘Were I a King’ is a programme that asks the audience to question what it means to be a monarch.

Through the music of court composers, we aim to showcase the amazing musical landscape by which monarchs of the late renaissance period would have been surrounded.

With Kim Porter (Alto), we will explore choral works and madrigals of the time, starting and finishing with settings of the titular piece ‘Were I a King’ by William Mundy.

The same text has been set by Kim Porter, who joins us for the whole programme, singing works by Byrd, Tomkins, Ward and Piers Kennedy.

Tickets £12 (free with a valid student ID card) available on the door and via Arculo's website (

The concert is from 15.00 to 16.30. At 18.00 there will be Evensong in Chapel, with singers from the St John's College Choir, and featuring music by William Byrd. Evensong is free (all welcome).

Choir poster