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Second Farewell to Cambridge

Composed by John Rutter and sung by the King’s College choir Cambridge

Tenor solo performed by Bo Wang

Xu Zhimo’s poem, 再别康橋 (variously translated as Second Farewell to Cambridge), is arguably his most famous poem, and is now a compulsory text on Chinese literature syllabuses, learnt by millions of schoolchildren across the country every year. The poem paints an idyllic portrait of King’s and the River Cam.

While the poem has been set to music many times before, King’s has commissioned the first musical setting of the text by a mainstream classical composer. The new piece, by renowned English composer John Rutter, has been written and recorded in celebration of the near 100-year link between King’s College and Xu Zhimo, and is available on the new compilation album Second Farewell to Cambridge.

The new album, released 26 January 2018, features this new recording alongside another new arrangement of 茉莉花 (The Jasmine Flower Song) by King’s Director of Music Stephen Cleobury, as well as a vibrant selection of music from across the King’s label, some of which is made available in surround-sound for the first time.

An English article on the the work can be found here, an article published by Chinese press can be found here.


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