A Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols

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20041224

This service, which for many people all over the world marks the beginning of Christmas, is based around nine lessons from the Bible which tell the story of the loving purposes of God.

The Choir sings carols old and new and leads the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

20041224

This service, which for many people all over the world marks the beginning of Christmas, is based around nine lessons from the Bible which tell the story of the loving purposes of God.

The Choir sings carols old and new and leads the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

20041225

Another chance to hear yesterday's broadcast on Radio 4 from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, a service which for many people marks the beginning of Christmas.

20051224

Live from the Chapel of King's College in Cambridge, a service that for many people all over the world marks the beginning of Christmas.

Once in Royal David's City

The Bidding Prayer, read by the Dean

What Sweeter Music (John Rutter)

First lesson: Genesis 3, vv 8-15, 17-19, read by a Chorister

Remember, O Thou Man (Thomas Ravenscroft)

Adam Lay Ybounden (Boris Ord)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18, read by a Choral Scholar

God so Loved the World (John Stainer)

In dulci jubilo (Robert de Pearsall)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7, read by a representative of the Cambridge churches

On Christmas night (arr Philip Ledger)

Unto Us Is Born a Son (arr David Willcocks)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9, read by a representative of the city of Cambridge

A Tender Shoot (Otto Goldschmidt)

A Spotless Rose (Herbert Howells)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-35, 38, read by a representative of Eton College

Edi beo thu (Anon. English, later 13th Century)

Benedicamus Domino (Peter Warlock)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1, 3-7, read by the College Chaplain

Sweet Was the Song the Virgin Sung (Dick Blackford)

Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (John Gardner)

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16, read by the Director of Music

Away In a Manger (John Tavener - commissioned by King's College)

While Shepherds Watched their Flocks

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12, read by the Acting Vice-Provost

Riu, riu, chiu (attrib. Mateo Flecha the Elder)

Be Merry (Stephen Cleobury)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14, read by the Provost

Vom Himmel hoch (from Magnificat, BWV 243a, JS Bach)

O Come, All ye Faithful

Collect and Blessing

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

Organ voluntaries: In dulci ju, BWV 729

20051224

Live from the Chapel of King's College in Cambridge, a service that for many people all over the world marks the beginning of Christmas.

Once in Royal David's City

The Bidding Prayer, read by the Dean

What Sweeter Music (John Rutter)

First lesson: Genesis 3, vv 8-15, 17-19, read by a Chorister

Remember, O Thou Man (Thomas Ravenscroft)

Adam Lay Ybounden (Boris Ord)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18, read by a Choral Scholar

God so Loved the World (John Stainer)

In dulci jubilo (Robert de Pearsall)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7, read by a representative of the Cambridge churches

On Christmas night (arr Philip Ledger)

Unto Us Is Born a Son (arr David Willcocks)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9, read by a representative of the city of Cambridge

A Tender Shoot (Otto Goldschmidt)

A Spotless Rose (Herbert Howells)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-35, 38, read by a representative of Eton College

Edi beo thu (Anon.

English, later 13th Century)

Benedicamus Domino (Peter Warlock)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1, 3-7, read by the College Chaplain

Sweet Was the Song the Virgin Sung (Dick Blackford)

Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (John Gardner)

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16, read by the Director of Music

Away In a Manger (John Tavener - commissioned by King's College)

While Shepherds Watched their Flocks

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12, read by the Acting Vice-Provost

Riu, riu, chiu (attrib.

Mateo Flecha the Elder)

Be Merry (Stephen Cleobury)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14, read by the Provost

Vom Himmel hoch (from Magnificat, BWV 243a, JS Bach)

O Come, All ye Faithful

Collect and Blessing

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

Organ voluntaries: In dulci ju, BWV 729.

20051225

From the Chapel of King's College in Cambridge, a service that for many people all over the world marks the beginning of Christmas.

Once In Royal David's City

The Bidding Prayer, read by the Dean

What Sweeter Music (John Rutter)

First lesson: Genesis 3, vv 8-15, 17-19, read by a Chorister

Remember, O Thou Man (Thomas Ravenscroft)

Adam Lay Ybounden (Boris Ord)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18, read by a Choral Scholar

God So Loved the World (John Stainer)

In dulci jubilo (Robert de Pearsall)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7, read by a representative of the Cambridge churches

On Christmas Night (arr. Philip Ledger)

Unto Us Is Born a Son (arr David Willcocks)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9, read by a representative of the city of Cambridge

A Tender Shoot (Otto Goldschmidt)

A Spotless Rose (Herbert Howells)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-35, 38, read by a representative of Eton College

Edi beo thu (Anon. English, later 13th Century)

Benedicamus Domino (Peter Warlock)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1, 3-7, read by the College Chaplain

Sweet Was the Song the Virgin Sung (Dick Blackford)

Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (John Gardner)

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16, read by the Director of Music

Away In a Manger (John Tavener - commissioned by King's College)

While Shepherds Watched their Flocks

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12, read by the Acting Vice-Provost

Riu, riu, chiu (attrib. Mateo Flecha the Elder)

Be Merry (Stephen Cleobury)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14, read by the Provost

Vom Himmel hoch (from Magnificat, BWV 243a, JS Bach)

O come, All Ye Faithful

Collect and Blessing

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

Organ voluntaries: In dulci ju, BWV 729

Evening

Morning

Afternoon

20051225

From the Chapel of King's College in Cambridge, a service that for many people all over the world marks the beginning of Christmas.

Once In Royal David's City

The Bidding Prayer, read by the Dean

What Sweeter Music (John Rutter)

First lesson: Genesis 3, vv 8-15, 17-19, read by a Chorister

Remember, O Thou Man (Thomas Ravenscroft)

Adam Lay Ybounden (Boris Ord)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18, read by a Choral Scholar

God So Loved the World (John Stainer)

In dulci jubilo (Robert de Pearsall)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7, read by a representative of the Cambridge churches

On Christmas Night (arr.

Philip Ledger)

Unto Us Is Born a Son (arr David Willcocks)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9, read by a representative of the city of Cambridge

A Tender Shoot (Otto Goldschmidt)

A Spotless Rose (Herbert Howells)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-35, 38, read by a representative of Eton College

Edi beo thu (Anon.

English, later 13th Century)

Benedicamus Domino (Peter Warlock)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1, 3-7, read by the College Chaplain

Sweet Was the Song the Virgin Sung (Dick Blackford)

Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (John Gardner)

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16, read by the Director of Music

Away In a Manger (John Tavener - commissioned by King's College)

While Shepherds Watched their Flocks

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12, read by the Acting Vice-Provost

Riu, riu, chiu (attrib.

Mateo Flecha the Elder)

Be Merry (Stephen Cleobury)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14, read by the Provost

Vom Himmel hoch (from Magnificat, BWV 243a, JS Bach)

O come, All Ye Faithful

Collect and Blessing

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

Organ voluntaries: In dulci ju, BWV 729

Evening

Morning

Afternoon.

20091225
20091225

Stephen Cleobury directs the choir of King's College, Cambridge for the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

The pattern of the Festival, based around nine Bible readings interspersed with carols, has remained the same for over 90 years.

It unfolds the great mystery of how God came into the world in human form, and for millions across the globe it heralds the beginning of Christmas.

Stephen Cleobury directs the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

20101225

The Festival, recorded yesterday in the candlelit Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks for many people around the world the beginning of Christmas.

It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God.

They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world famous Chapel Choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

Once in royal David's city (descant Cleobury)

Bidding Prayer read by the Dean

This is the truth sent from above (arr Vaughan Williams)

First lesson: Genesis 3, vv 8-19 read by a Chorister

Adam lay ybounden (Ord)

A Virgin most pure (arr Cleobury)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar

In dulci jubilo (arr de Pearsall)

If ye would hear the angels sing (Tranchell)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a Representative of the Cambridge Churches

Sussex Carol (arr Ledger)

God rest you merry, gentlemen (arr Willcocks)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by a Representative of the City of Cambridge

A tender shoot (Goldschmidt)

Det är en ros utsprungen (arr Sandström)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-35, 38 read by the Master over the Choristers

Hymne à la Vierge (Villette)

Sunny Bank (Hurford)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1, 3-7 read by the Chaplain

Mariä Wiegenlied (Reger)

The holly and the ivy (arr Nixon)

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music

While shepherds watched (descant Cleobury)

Illuminare, Jerusalem (Weir)

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost

Christmas Carol (Rautavaara - first performance, commissioned by King's College)

Ding! dong! merrily on high(arr Wilberg)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost

O come, all ye faithful (arr Cleobury)

Collect and Blessing

Hark! the herald angels sing (descant Willcocks)

Organ voluntaries:

In dulci jubilo BWV 729 (Bach)

Prelude & Fugue in B (Dupré) [broadcast on Radio 3 only]

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury

Organ Scholar: Ben-San Lau

Producer: Simon Vivian.

Stephen Cleobury directs the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

20101225

The Festival, recorded yesterday in the candlelit Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks for many people around the world the beginning of Christmas.

It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God.

They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world famous Chapel Choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

Once in royal David's city (descant Cleobury)

Bidding Prayer read by the Dean

This is the truth sent from above (arr Vaughan Williams)

First lesson: Genesis 3, vv 8-19 read by a Chorister

Adam lay ybounden (Ord)

A Virgin most pure (arr Cleobury)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar

In dulci jubilo (arr de Pearsall)

If ye would hear the angels sing (Tranchell)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a Representative of the Cambridge Churches

Sussex Carol (arr Ledger)

God rest you merry, gentlemen (arr Willcocks)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by a Representative of the City of Cambridge

A tender shoot (Goldschmidt)

Det är en ros utsprungen (arr Sandström)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-35, 38 read by the Master over the Choristers

Hymne à la Vierge (Villette)

Sunny Bank (Hurford)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1, 3-7 read by the Chaplain

Mariä Wiegenlied (Reger)

The holly and the ivy (arr Nixon)

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music

While shepherds watched (descant Cleobury)

Illuminare, Jerusalem (Weir)

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost

Christmas Carol (Rautavaara - first performance, commissioned by King's College)

Ding! dong! merrily on high(arr Wilberg)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost

O come, all ye faithful (arr Cleobury)

Collect and Blessing

Hark! the herald angels sing (descant Willcocks)

Organ voluntaries:

In dulci jubilo BWV 729 (Bach)

Prelude and Fugue in B (Dupré) [broadcast on Radio 3 only]

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury

Organ Scholar: Ben-San Lau

Producer: Simon Vivian.

Stephen Cleobury directs the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

The Festival, recorded yesterday in the candlelit Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks for many people around the world the beginning of Christmas. It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world famous Chapel Choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

Prelude & Fugue in B (Dupré) [broadcast on Radio 3 only]

20111224

For many people around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from the candlelit chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas.

It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God.

They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

Producer: Simon Vivian.

Christmas carols and readings live from the candlelit chapel of King's College, Cambridge.

20111224

For many people around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from the candlelit chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas.

It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God.

They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

Producer: Simon Vivian.

Christmas carols and readings live from the candlelit chapel of King's College, Cambridge.

For many people around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from the candlelit chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas. It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

20111225

Recorded yesterday in the candlelit chapel of King's College, Cambridge, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

Once in royal David's city (descant Cleobury)

Bidding Prayer read by the Dean

I wonder as I wander (Rütti)

First lesson: Genesis 3, vv 8-19 read by a Chorister

Remember, O thou man (Ravenscroft)

Adam lay ybounden (Ord)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar

Angels from the realms of glory (arr Jacques)

Riu, riu, chiu (Flecha)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a Member of College Staff

Nowell sing we now all and some (medieval)

Sussex Carol (arr Willcocks)

It came upon the midnight clear (descant Cleobury)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by a Representative of the City of Cambridge

A spotless rose (arr Ledger)

The Lamb (Tavener)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-35, 38 read by a Representative of Eton College

Blessed be that maid Mary (arr Cleobury)

Bogoróditse Dyévo (Pärt)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1, 3-7 read by the Chaplain

Christmas Eve (Tansy Davies - first performance, commissioned by King's College)

Sans Day Carol (arr Rutter)

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music

The Shepherd's Carol (Chilcott)

While shepherds watched (descant Cleobury)

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost

The Three Kings (Cornelius arr Atkins)

Illuminare, Jerusalem (Weir)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost

O come, all ye faithful (arr Willcocks)

Collect and Blessing

Hark! the herald angels sing (descant Willcocks)

Organ voluntaries:

In dulci jubilo BWV 729 (Bach)

Toccata, Op 104 (Jongen) [broadcast on Radio 3 on Christmas Day only]

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury

Organ Scholar: Ben-San Lau

Producer: Simon Vivian.

Christmas carols and readings from the chapel of King's College, Cambridge.

20111225

Recorded yesterday in the candlelit chapel of King's College, Cambridge, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

Once in royal David's city (descant Cleobury)

Bidding Prayer read by the Dean

I wonder as I wander (Rütti)

First lesson: Genesis 3, vv 8-19 read by a Chorister

Remember, O thou man (Ravenscroft)

Adam lay ybounden (Ord)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar

Angels from the realms of glory (arr Jacques)

Riu, riu, chiu (Flecha)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a Member of College Staff

Nowell sing we now all and some (medieval)

Sussex Carol (arr Willcocks)

It came upon the midnight clear (descant Cleobury)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by a Representative of the City of Cambridge

A spotless rose (arr Ledger)

The Lamb (Tavener)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-35, 38 read by a Representative of Eton College

Blessed be that maid Mary (arr Cleobury)

Bogoróditse Dyévo (Pärt)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1, 3-7 read by the Chaplain

Christmas Eve (Tansy Davies - first performance, commissioned by King's College)

Sans Day Carol (arr Rutter)

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music

The Shepherd's Carol (Chilcott)

While shepherds watched (descant Cleobury)

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost

The Three Kings (Cornelius arr Atkins)

Illuminare, Jerusalem (Weir)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost

O come, all ye faithful (arr Willcocks)

Collect and Blessing

Hark! the herald angels sing (descant Willcocks)

Organ voluntaries:

In dulci jubilo BWV 729 (Bach)

Toccata, Op 104 (Jongen) [broadcast on Radio 3 on Christmas Day only]

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury

Organ Scholar: Ben-San Lau

Producer: Simon Vivian.

Christmas carols and readings from the chapel of King's College, Cambridge.

20121224

For many people around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from the candlelit chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas. It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

Once in Royal David's City (descant Ledger)

Bidding Prayer read by the Dean

Ding, dong, ding (arr. Woodward)

First lesson: Genesis 3, vv 8-19 read by a Chorister

Herefordshire Carol (arr Vaughan Williams)

Adam lay ybounden (Christopher Brown)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar

Good Christian men (arr Ledger)

The holly and the ivy (arr Walford Davies)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a Member of College Staff

Nowell sing we now all and some (medieval)

Unto us is born a Son (arr Willcocks)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by a Representative of the City of Cambridge

A spotless rose (Ledger)

Ring out, wild bells (Carl Vine - first performance, commissioned by King's College)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-35, 38 read by the Master Over the Choristers

Gabriel's message (arr Pettman)

The Cherry Tree Carol (arr Cleobury)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1, 3-7 read by the Chaplain

Away in a manger (arr Willcocks)

All bells in paradise (Rutter)

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music

In the bleak midwinter (Darke)

While shepherds watched (descant Cleobury)

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost

Three Kings from Persian Lands (Cornelius arr Atkins)

Sir Christèmas (William Mathias)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost

O come, all ye faithful (arr Willcocks)

Collect and Blessing

Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (descant Ledger)

Organ voluntaries:

In dulci jubilo BWV 729 (Bach)

Toccata Op 5 (Duruflé ) (broadcast on Radio 3 on Christmas Day only)

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury

Organ Scholar: Parker Ramsay

Producer: Simon Vivian.

20121225

Christmas carols and readings from the chapel of King's College, Cambridge.

20121225

Christmas carols and readings from the chapel of King's College, Cambridge.

Recorded yesterday in the candlelit chapel of King's College, Cambridge, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

Once in Royal David's City (descant Ledger)

Bidding Prayer read by the Dean

Ding, dong, ding (arr. Woodward)

First lesson: Genesis 3, vv 8-19 read by a Chorister

Herefordshire Carol (arr Vaughan Williams)

Adam lay ybounden (Christopher Brown)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar

Good Christian men (arr Ledger)

The holly and the ivy (arr Walford Davies)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a Member of College Staff

Nowell sing we now all and some (medieval)

Unto us is born a Son (arr Willcocks)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by a Representative of the City of Cambridge

A spotless rose (Ledger)

Ring out, wild bells (Carl Vine - first performance, commissioned by King's College)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-35, 38 read by the Master Over the Choristers

Gabriel's message (arr Pettman)

The Cherry Tree Carol (arr Cleobury)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1, 3-7 read by the Chaplain

Away in a manger (arr Willcocks)

All bells in paradise (Rutter)

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music

In the bleak midwinter (Darke)

While shepherds watched (descant Cleobury)

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost

Three Kings from Persian Lands (Cornelius arr Atkins)

Sir Christèmas (William Mathias)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost

O come, all ye faithful (arr Willcocks)

Collect and Blessing

Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (descant Ledger)

Organ voluntaries:

In dulci jubilo BWV 729 (Bach)

Toccata Op 5 (Duruflé )

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury

Organ Scholar: Parker Ramsay

Producer: Simon Vivian.

20121225

Recorded yesterday in the candlelit chapel of King's College, Cambridge, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

Once in Royal David's City (descant Ledger)

Bidding Prayer read by the Dean

Ding, dong, ding (arr. Woodward)

First lesson: Genesis 3, vv 8-19 read by a Chorister

Herefordshire Carol (arr Vaughan Williams)

Adam lay ybounden (Christopher Brown)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar

Good Christian men (arr Ledger)

The holly and the ivy (arr Walford Davies)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a Member of College Staff

Nowell sing we now all and some (medieval)

Unto us is born a Son (arr Willcocks)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by a Representative of the City of Cambridge

A spotless rose (Ledger)

Ring out, wild bells (Carl Vine - first performance, commissioned by King's College)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-35, 38 read by the Master Over the Choristers

Gabriel's message (arr Pettman)

The Cherry Tree Carol (arr Cleobury)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1, 3-7 read by the Chaplain

Away in a manger (arr Willcocks)

All bells in paradise (Rutter)

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music

In the bleak midwinter (Darke)

While shepherds watched (descant Cleobury)

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost

Three Kings from Persian Lands (Cornelius arr Atkins)

Sir Christèmas (William Mathias)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost

O come, all ye faithful (arr Willcocks)

Collect and Blessing

Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (descant Ledger)

Organ voluntaries:

In dulci jubilo BWV 729 (Bach)

Toccata Op 5 (Duruflé )

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury

Organ Scholar: Parker Ramsay

Producer: Simon Vivian.

20131224

Live from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge

Hymn: Once in Royal David's City (desc. Cleobury)

Bidding Prayer read by the Dean

Ding, Dong! merrily on high (arr. Williamson)

First lesson: Genesis 3, vv 8-19 read by a Chorister

Jesus Christ the apple tree (Poston)

Hear the voice of the Bard (Musgrave - first performance, commissioned by King's College)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar

Love came down at Christmas (Morris, arr. Cleobury)

Joy to the world (Holford, arr. Keyte and Parrott)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a Member of the College Staff

Illuminare, Jerusalem (Weir)

Hymn: Unto us is born a Son (arr. Willcocks)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by a Representative of the City of Cambridge

The Lamb (Tavener)

A New Year Carol (Britten)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-35, 38 read by a representative of the sister College at Eton

Angelus ad Virginem (arr. Cleobury)

Hymn to the Virgin (Britten)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1, 3-7 read by the Chaplain

Away in a manger (arr. Willcocks)

A Boy was born (Britten)

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music

The Shepherd's Carol (Chilcott)

Hymn: While shepherds watched (desc. Cleobury)

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost

Susanni (Bennett)

I saw three ships (arr. Preston)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost

Hymn: O come, all ye faithful (arr. Willcocks)

Collect and Blessing

Hymn: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (desc. Cleobury)

Organ voluntaries:

In dulci jubilo (BWV 729) (Bach)

Dieu parmi nous (Messiaen) (broadcast on Radio 3 on Christmas Day only)

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury

Organ Scholar: Douglas Tang

Producer: Simon Vivian

For many people around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from the candlelit Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas. It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world-famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

20131224

Live from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge

Hymn: Once in Royal David's City (desc. Cleobury)

Bidding Prayer read by the Dean

Ding, Dong! merrily on high (arr. Williamson)

First lesson: Genesis 3, vv 8-19 read by a Chorister

Jesus Christ the apple tree (Poston)

Hear the voice of the Bard (Musgrave - first performance, commissioned by King's College)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar

Love came down at Christmas (Morris, arr. Cleobury)

Joy to the world (Holford, arr. Keyte and Parrott)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a Member of the College Staff

Illuminare, Jerusalem (Weir)

Hymn: Unto us is born a Son (arr. Willcocks)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by a Representative of the City of Cambridge

The Lamb (Tavener)

A New Year Carol (Britten)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-35, 38 read by a representative of the sister College at Eton

Angelus ad Virginem (arr. Cleobury)

Hymn to the Virgin (Britten)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1, 3-7 read by the Chaplain

Away in a manger (arr. Willcocks)

A Boy was born (Britten)

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music

The Shepherd's Carol (Chilcott)

Hymn: While shepherds watched (desc. Cleobury)

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost

Susanni (Bennett)

I saw three ships (arr. Preston)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost

Hymn: O come, all ye faithful (arr. Willcocks)

Collect and Blessing

Hymn: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (desc. Cleobury)

Organ voluntaries:

In dulci jubilo (BWV 729) (Bach)

Dieu parmi nous (Messiaen) (broadcast on Radio 3 on Christmas Day only)

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury

Organ Scholar: Douglas Tang

Producer: Simon Vivian

For many people around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from the candlelit Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas. It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world-famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

20131225

Recorded yesterday in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge

Hymn: Once in Royal David's City (desc. Cleobury)

Bidding Prayer read by the Dean

Ding, Dong! merrily on high (arr. Williamson)

First lesson: Genesis 3, vv 8-19 read by a Chorister

Jesus Christ the apple tree (Poston)

Hear the voice of the Bard (Musgrave - first performance, commissioned by King's College)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar

Love came down at Christmas (Morris, arr. Cleobury)

Joy to the world (Holford, arr. Keyte and Parrott)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a Member of the College Staff

Illuminare, Jerusalem (Weir)

Hymn: Unto us is born a Son (arr. Willcocks)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by a Representative of the City of Cambridge

The Lamb (Tavener)

A New Year Carol (Britten)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-35, 38 read by a representative of the sister College at Eton

Angelus ad Virginem (arr. Cleobury)

Hymn to the Virgin (Britten)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1, 3-7 read by the Chaplain

Away in a manger (arr. Willcocks)

A Boy was born (Britten)

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music

The Shepherd's Carol (Chilcott)

Hymn: While shepherds watched (desc. Cleobury)

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost

Susanni (Bennett)

I saw three ships (arr. Preston)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost

Hymn: O come, all ye faithful (arr. Willcocks)

Collect and Blessing

Hymn: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (desc. Cleobury)

Organ voluntaries:

In dulci jubilo (BWV 729) (Bach)

Dieu parmi nous (Messiaen)

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury

Organ Scholar: Douglas Tang

Producer: Simon Vivian

Recorded yesterday in the candlelit Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

20131225

Recorded yesterday in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge

Hymn: Once in Royal David's City (desc. Cleobury)

Bidding Prayer read by the Dean

Ding, Dong! merrily on high (arr. Williamson)

First lesson: Genesis 3, vv 8-19 read by a Chorister

Jesus Christ the apple tree (Poston)

Hear the voice of the Bard (Musgrave - first performance, commissioned by King's College)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar

Love came down at Christmas (Morris, arr. Cleobury)

Joy to the world (Holford, arr. Keyte and Parrott)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a Member of the College Staff

Illuminare, Jerusalem (Weir)

Hymn: Unto us is born a Son (arr. Willcocks)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by a Representative of the City of Cambridge

The Lamb (Tavener)

A New Year Carol (Britten)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-35, 38 read by a representative of the sister College at Eton

Angelus ad Virginem (arr. Cleobury)

Hymn to the Virgin (Britten)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1, 3-7 read by the Chaplain

Away in a manger (arr. Willcocks)

A Boy was born (Britten)

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music

The Shepherd's Carol (Chilcott)

Hymn: While shepherds watched (desc. Cleobury)

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost

Susanni (Bennett)

I saw three ships (arr. Preston)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost

Hymn: O come, all ye faithful (arr. Willcocks)

Collect and Blessing

Hymn: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (desc. Cleobury)

Organ voluntaries:

In dulci jubilo (BWV 729) (Bach)

Dieu parmi nous (Messiaen)

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury

Organ Scholar: Douglas Tang

Producer: Simon Vivian

Recorded yesterday in the candlelit Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

20141224

Live from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge

Hymn: Once in Royal David's City (desc. Cleobury)

Bidding Prayer read by the Dean

A Babe is Born (Mathias)

First lesson: Genesis 3 vv 8-19 read by a Chorister

Remember, O Thou Man (Ravenscroft)

Adam Lay Ybounden (Ledger)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar

One Star, at Last (Maxwell Davies)

In Dulci Jubilo (Praetorius)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a Representative of the Cambridge Churches

Sussex Carol (arr. Willcocks)

Hymn: Unto us is born a Son (arr. Willcocks)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by a Representative of the City of Cambridge

A Spotless Rose (Howells)

There Is No Rose (Medieval)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-38 read by a Representative of the sister College at Eton

Gabriel's Message (arr. Pettman)

Joys Seven (arr. Cleobury)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1 -7 read by the Chaplain

Lullaby (Birtwistle)

In The Bleak Midwinter (Holst)

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music

L'adieu des Bergers (Berlioz)

Hymn: God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (arr. Willcocks)

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost

De Maria Virgine (Rütti - newly commissioned)

Ding, Dong, Merrily on High (arr. Wilberg/Stevens)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost

Hymn: O come, all ye faithful (arr. Willcocks)

Blessing

Hymn: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (desc. Cleobury)

Organ voluntaries:

In dulci jubilo (BWV 729) (Bach)

Symphony No. 6 in g minor Finale: Vivace (Widor) (broadcast on Radio 3 on Christmas Day only)

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury

Organ Scholar: Douglas Tang

Producer: Philip Billson

For many people around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from the candlelit Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas. It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world-famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

20141225

Recorded yesterday in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge

Hymn: Once in Royal David's City (desc. Cleobury)

Bidding Prayer read by the Dean

A Babe is Born (Mathias)

First lesson: Genesis 3 vv 8-19 read by a Chorister

Remember, O Thou Man (Ravenscroft)

Adam Lay Ybounden (Ledger)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar

One Star, at Last (Maxwell Davies)

In Dulci Jubilo (Praetorius)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a Representative of the Cambridge Churches

Sussex Carol (arr. Willcocks)

Hymn: Unto us is born a Son (arr. Willcocks)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by a Representative of the City of Cambridge

A Spotless Rose (Howells)

There Is No Rose (Medieval)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-38 read by a Representative of the sister College at Eton

Gabriel's Message (arr. Pettman)

Joys Seven (arr. Cleobury)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1 -7 read by the Chaplain

Lullaby (Birtwistle)

In The Bleak Midwinter (Holst)

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music

L'adieu des Bergers (Berlioz)

Hymn: God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (arr. Willcocks)

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost

De Maria Virgine (Rütti -newly commissioned)

Ding, Dong, Merrily on High (arr. Wilberg/ Stevens)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost

Hymn: O come, all ye faithful (arr. Willcocks)

Blessing

Hymn: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (desc. Cleobury)

Organ voluntaries:

In dulci jubilo (BWV 729) (Bach)

Symphony No. 6 in g minor Finale: Vivace (Widor) (broadcast on Radio 3 on Christmas Day only)

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury

Organ Scholar: Douglas Tang

Producer: Philip Billson

For many people around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from the candlelit Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas. It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world-famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

20151224

Live from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge

Hymn: Once in Royal David's City (desc. David Willcocks)

Bidding Prayer read by the Dean

What Sweeter Music? (John Rutter)

First lesson: Genesis 3 vv 8-19 read by a Chorister

This is the truth sent from above (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

Adam Lay Ybounden (Boris Ord)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar

Ding, Dong, Merrily on High (David Willcocks)

In Dulci Jubilo (Robert Lucas Pearsall)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a member of the College staff.

Sussex Carol (arr. David Willcocks)

Hymn: It came upon the midnight clear (desc. Stephen Cleobury)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by a representative of the City of Cambridge.

A Tender Shoot (arr. Otto Goldschmidt)

A Spotless Rose (Philip Ledger)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-38 read by the Master over the Choristers.

The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (arr. David Willcocks)

Nova, Nova (John Scott)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1 -7 read by the Chaplain

In The Bleak Midwinter (Harold Darke)

Dormi, Jesu (John Rutter)

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music

The Shepherd's Carol (Bob Chilcott)

Hymn: God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (arr. David Willcocks)

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost

The Flight (Richard Causton - newly commissioned)

Here is the Little Door (Herbert Howells)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost

Hymn: O come, all ye faithful (arr. David Willcocks)

Blessing

Hymn: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (arr. David Willcocks)

Organ voluntaries:

In dulci jubilo (BWV 729) (Bach)

Sortie on 'In dulci jubilo' (David Briggs) (broadcast on Radio 3 on Christmas Day only)

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury

Organ Scholar: Tom Etheridge

Producer: Philip Billson

For many around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from the candlelit Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas. It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world-famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

Explanatory notes from Director of Music Stephen Cleobury:

"This year's selection has a very strong King's basis. The commissioned carol is from Richard Causton, a Fellow of King's College, and a university lecturer in composition. He has, in turn, commissioned a new text from George Szirtes, which has strong contemporary resonances.

In September we heard the sad news of the death of one of my predecessors here at King's, the legendary Sir David Willcocks. His many carol arrangements and descants are known the world over, and we include a number of these. Near the beginning and the end are pieces by Vaughan Williams and Howells, both composers having been very closely associated with David Willcocks.

Also, during the summer, the world of church and organ music mourned the loss of John Scott, whose setting of Nova, Nova comes after the Annunciation lesson.

We mark the 70th birthday of John Rutter by including two of the carols he has written for King's over the years. Bob Chilcott, 60 this year, is a former chorister and choral scholar of King's, and his commission for the Choir is also programmed.

Carols by Boris Ord, Harold Darke and Philip Ledger also find a place. Ord and Ledger were, respectively, the predecessor and successor of Willcocks, while Darke looked after the Choir during WW2."

Notes on the commissioned carol - Richard Causton writes:

Earlier this year I spent a great deal of time in libraries looking for a suitable text for my new carol and although I unearthed many old and very beautiful poems about the Nativity, I struggled to find one that I really wanted to set to music. I had a growing sense that at this precise moment it is perverse to be writing a piece about a child born in poverty, away from home and forced to flee with his parents, without in any way paying reference to the appalling refugee crisis that is currently unfolding.

I phoned my friend, the poet George Szirtes to ask if he might be prepared to write me a poem which could encompass some of these ideas. By complete coincidence, the very day I phoned he was in Hungary, at Budapest railway station talking to the refugees who were stuck there while trying to leave the country. Within days, George sent me a poem that is at once beautiful, eloquent and hard-hitting.

20151224

Live from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge

Hymn: Once in Royal David's City (desc. David Willcocks)

Bidding Prayer read by the Dean

What Sweeter Music? (John Rutter)

First lesson: Genesis 3 vv 8-19 read by a Chorister

This is the truth sent from above (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

Adam Lay Ybounden (Boris Ord)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar

Ding, Dong, Merrily on High (David Willcocks)

In Dulci Jubilo (Robert Lucas Pearsall)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a member of the College staff.

Sussex Carol (arr. David Willcocks)

Hymn: It came upon the midnight clear (desc. Stephen Cleobury)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by a representative of the City of Cambridge.

A Tender Shoot (arr. Otto Goldschmidt)

A Spotless Rose (Philip Ledger)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-38 read by the Master over the Choristers.

The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (arr. David Willcocks)

Nova, Nova (John Scott)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1 -7 read by the Chaplain

In The Bleak Midwinter (Harold Darke)

Dormi, Jesu (John Rutter)

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music

The Shepherd's Carol (Bob Chilcott)

Hymn: God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (arr. David Willcocks)

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost

The Flight (Richard Causton - newly commissioned)

Here is the Little Door (Herbert Howells)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost

Hymn: O come, all ye faithful (arr. David Willcocks)

Blessing

Hymn: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (arr. David Willcocks)

Organ voluntaries:

In dulci jubilo (BWV 729) (Bach)

Sortie on 'In dulci jubilo' (David Briggs) (broadcast on Radio 3 on Christmas Day only)

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury

Organ Scholar: Tom Etheridge

Producer: Philip Billson

For many around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from the candlelit Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas. It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world-famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

Explanatory notes from Director of Music Stephen Cleobury:

"This year's selection has a very strong King's basis. The commissioned carol is from Richard Causton, a Fellow of King's College, and a university lecturer in composition. He has, in turn, commissioned a new text from George Szirtes, which has strong contemporary resonances.

In September we heard the sad news of the death of one of my predecessors here at King's, the legendary Sir David Willcocks. His many carol arrangements and descants are known the world over, and we include a number of these. Near the beginning and the end are pieces by Vaughan Williams and Howells, both composers having been very closely associated with David Willcocks.

Also, during the summer, the world of church and organ music mourned the loss of John Scott, whose setting of Nova, Nova comes after the Annunciation lesson.

We mark the 70th birthday of John Rutter by including two of the carols he has written for King's over the years. Bob Chilcott, 60 this year, is a former chorister and choral scholar of King's, and his commission for the Choir is also programmed.

Carols by Boris Ord, Harold Darke and Philip Ledger also find a place. Ord and Ledger were, respectively, the predecessor and successor of Willcocks, while Darke looked after the Choir during WW2."

Notes on the commissioned carol - Richard Causton writes:

Earlier this year I spent a great deal of time in libraries looking for a suitable text for my new carol and although I unearthed many old and very beautiful poems about the Nativity, I struggled to find one that I really wanted to set to music. I had a growing sense that at this precise moment it is perverse to be writing a piece about a child born in poverty, away from home and forced to flee with his parents, without in any way paying reference to the appalling refugee crisis that is currently unfolding.

I phoned my friend, the poet George Szirtes to ask if he might be prepared to write me a poem which could encompass some of these ideas. By complete coincidence, the very day I phoned he was in Hungary, at Budapest railway station talking to the refugees who were stuck there while trying to leave the country. Within days, George sent me a poem that is at once beautiful, eloquent and hard-hitting.

20151225

Recorded yesterday from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge

Hymn: Once in Royal David's City (desc. David Willcocks)

Bidding Prayer read by the Dean

What Sweeter Music? (John Rutter)

First lesson: Genesis 3 vv 8-19 read by a Chorister

This is the truth sent from above (David Willcocks)

Adam Lay Ybounden (Boris Ord)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar

Ding, Dong, Merrily on High (David Willcocks)

In Dulci Jubilo (Robert Lucas de Pearsall)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a Representative of the Cambridge Churches

Sussex Carol (arr. David Willcocks)

Hymn: It came upon the midnight clear (desc. Stephen Cleobury)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by a Representative of the City of Cambridge

A Tender Shoot (arr. Otto Goldschmidt)

A Spotless Rose (Philip Ledger)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-38 read by the Master over the Choristers.

The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (arr. David Willcocks)

Nova, Nova (John Scott)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1 -7 read by the Chaplain

In The Bleak Midwinter (Harold Darke)

Dormi, Jesu (John Rutter)

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music

The Shepherd's Carol (Bob Chilcott)

Hymn: God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (arr. David Willcocks)

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost

The Flight (Richard Causton - newly commissioned)

Here is the Little Door (Herbert Howells)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost

Hymn: O come, all ye faithful (arr. David Willcocks)

Blessing

Hymn: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (arr. David Willcocks)

Organ voluntaries:

In dulci jubilo (BWV 729) (Bach)

Sortie on 'In dulci jubilo' (David Briggs) (broadcast on Radio 3 on Christmas Day only)

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury

Organ Scholar: Tom Etheridge

Producer: Philip Billson

For many around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from the candlelit Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas. It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world-famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

Explanatory notes from Director of Music Stephen Cleobury:

"This year's selection has a very strong King's basis. The commissioned carol is from Richard Causton, a Fellow of King's College, and a university lecturer in composition. He has, in turn, commissioned a new text from George Szirtes, which has strong contemporary resonances.

In September we heard the sad news of the death of one of my predecessors here at King's, the legendary Sir David Willcocks. His many carol arrangements and descants are known the world over, and we include a number of these. Near the beginning and the end are pieces by Vaughan Williams and Howells, both composers having been very closely associated with David Willcocks.

Also, during the summer, the world of church and organ music mourned the loss of John Scott, whose setting of Nova, Nova comes after the Annunciation lesson.

We mark the 70th birthday of John Rutter by including two of the carols he has written for King's over the years. Bob Chilcott, 60 this year, is a former chorister and choral scholar of King's, and his commission for the Choir is also programmed.

Carols by Boris Ord, Harold Darke and Philip Ledger also find a place. Ord and Ledger were, respectively, the predecessor and successor of Willcocks, while Darke looked after the Choir during WW2.".

20151225

Recorded yesterday from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge

Hymn: Once in Royal David's City (desc. David Willcocks)

Bidding Prayer read by the Dean

What Sweeter Music? (John Rutter)

First lesson: Genesis 3 vv 8-19 read by a Chorister

This is the truth sent from above (David Willcocks)

Adam Lay Ybounden (Boris Ord)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar

Ding, Dong, Merrily on High (David Willcocks)

In Dulci Jubilo (Robert Lucas de Pearsall)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a Representative of the Cambridge Churches

Sussex Carol (arr. David Willcocks)

Hymn: It came upon the midnight clear (desc. Stephen Cleobury)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by a Representative of the City of Cambridge

A Tender Shoot (arr. Otto Goldschmidt)

A Spotless Rose (Philip Ledger)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-38 read by the Master over the Choristers.

The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (arr. David Willcocks)

Nova, Nova (John Scott)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1 -7 read by the Chaplain

In The Bleak Midwinter (Harold Darke)

Dormi, Jesu (John Rutter)

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music

The Shepherd's Carol (Bob Chilcott)

Hymn: God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (arr. David Willcocks)

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost

The Flight (Richard Causton - newly commissioned)

Here is the Little Door (Herbert Howells)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost

Hymn: O come, all ye faithful (arr. David Willcocks)

Blessing

Hymn: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (arr. David Willcocks)

Organ voluntaries:

In dulci jubilo (BWV 729) (Bach)

Sortie on 'In dulci jubilo' (David Briggs) (broadcast on Radio 3 on Christmas Day only)

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury

Organ Scholar: Tom Etheridge

Producer: Philip Billson

For many around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from the candlelit Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas. It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world-famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

Explanatory notes from Director of Music Stephen Cleobury:

"This year's selection has a very strong King's basis. The commissioned carol is from Richard Causton, a Fellow of King's College, and a university lecturer in composition. He has, in turn, commissioned a new text from George Szirtes, which has strong contemporary resonances.

In September we heard the sad news of the death of one of my predecessors here at King's, the legendary Sir David Willcocks. His many carol arrangements and descants are known the world over, and we include a number of these. Near the beginning and the end are pieces by Vaughan Williams and Howells, both composers having been very closely associated with David Willcocks.

Also, during the summer, the world of church and organ music mourned the loss of John Scott, whose setting of Nova, Nova comes after the Annunciation lesson.

We mark the 70th birthday of John Rutter by including two of the carols he has written for King's over the years. Bob Chilcott, 60 this year, is a former chorister and choral scholar of King's, and his commission for the Choir is also programmed.

Carols by Boris Ord, Harold Darke and Philip Ledger also find a place. Ord and Ledger were, respectively, the predecessor and successor of Willcocks, while Darke looked after the Choir during WW2.".

20161224

A live broadcast from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge

Hymn: Once in Royal David's City (desc. Cleobury)

Bidding Prayer read by the Dean

A Babe is born (Mathias)

First lesson: Genesis 3 vv 8-19 read by a Chorister

Jesus Christ the apple tree (Poston)

Adam lay ybounden (Gaynor Howard)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar

Riu, riu chiu (Flecha the Elder)

In dulci jubilo (H. Praetorius)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a representative of the Cambridge Churches

Sussex Carol (arr. Brian Kelly)

Hymn: O Little Town of Bethlehem (arr. Vaughan Williams)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by a representative of the City of Cambridge

The Lamb (Tavener)

A spotless rose (Howells)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-38 read by a representative of our sister college at Eton

I sing of a maiden (Lennox Berkeley)

Joys Seven (arr. Cleobury)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1 -7 read by the Chaplain

Quelle est cette odeur? (arr. Willcocks)

This ender night (Michael Berkeley - Commission (world premiere))

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music

In the bleak midwinter (Darke)

Hymn: While shepherds watched (desc. Cleobury)

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost

Bethlehem Down (Warlock)

Ding, dong merrily (Wood arr. Wilberg and Stevens)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost

Hymn: O come, all ye faithful (arr. Willcocks)

Collect and Blessing

Hymn: Hark, the Herald Angels sing (desc. Ledger)

Organ voluntaries:

In dulci jubilo (BWV 729) (Bach)

Dieu parmi nous (La Nativité du Seigneur) (Messaien) (broadcast on Radio 3 on Christmas Day only)

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury

Organ Scholar: Richard Gowers

Producer: Philip Billson

For many around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from the candlelit Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas. It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world-famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

The College's Director of Music Stephen Cleobury writes:

The commissioned carol this year is by Michael Berkeley, who has set the mediaeval poem This ender night. The first carol I commissioned (in 1983) was from Michael's father, Lennox, who is represented in this service by his I sing of a maiden. Significant anniversaries of two composers strongly connected with the carol repertoire and the King's service are marked. Charles Wood (1866-1926) popularised Ding dong! merrily on high, and this is included in the recent arrangement by the American composers Mack Wilberg and Peter Stevens. Harold Darke (1888-1976) directed the King's Choir during Boris Ord's absence on war service in the early 1940s. His evergreen In the bleak midwinter is included. Although the main focus this year is on recent British composers, there are carols in French, German and Spanish, as well as settings not previously heard at King's of the well-known texts Adam lay bounden (composed by Gaynor Howard) and of the Sussex Carol (in an arrangement by Bryan Kelly).

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A live broadcast from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge

Hymn: Once in Royal David's City (desc. Cleobury)

Bidding Prayer read by the Dean

A Babe is born (Mathias)

First lesson: Genesis 3 vv 8-19 read by a Chorister

Jesus Christ the apple tree (Poston)

Adam lay ybounden (Gaynor Howard)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar

Riu, riu chiu (Flecha the Elder)

In dulci jubilo (H. Praetorius)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a representative of the Cambridge Churches

Sussex Carol (arr. Brian Kelly)

Hymn: O Little Town of Bethlehem (arr. Vaughan Williams)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by a representative of the City of Cambridge

The Lamb (Tavener)

A spotless rose (Howells)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-38 read by a representative of our sister college at Eton

I sing of a maiden (Lennox Berkeley)

Joys Seven (arr. Cleobury)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1 -7 read by the Chaplain

Quelle est cette odeur? (arr. Willcocks)

This ender night (Michael Berkeley - Commission (world premiere))

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music

In the bleak midwinter (Darke)

Hymn: While shepherds watched (desc. Cleobury)

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost

Bethlehem Down (Warlock)

Ding, dong merrily (Wood arr. Wilberg and Stevens)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost

Hymn: O come, all ye faithful (arr. Willcocks)

Collect and Blessing

Hymn: Hark, the Herald Angels sing (desc. Ledger)

Organ voluntaries:

In dulci jubilo (BWV 729) (Bach)

Dieu parmi nous (La Nativité du Seigneur) (Messaien) (broadcast on Radio 3 on Christmas Day only)

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury

Organ Scholar: Richard Gowers

Producer: Philip Billson

For many around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from the candlelit Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas. It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world-famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

The College's Director of Music Stephen Cleobury writes:

The commissioned carol this year is by Michael Berkeley, who has set the mediaeval poem This ender night. The first carol I commissioned (in 1983) was from Michael's father, Lennox, who is represented in this service by his I sing of a maiden. Significant anniversaries of two composers strongly connected with the carol repertoire and the King's service are marked. Charles Wood (1866-1926) popularised Ding dong! merrily on high, and this is included in the recent arrangement by the American composers Mack Wilberg and Peter Stevens. Harold Darke (1888-1976) directed the King's Choir during Boris Ord's absence on war service in the early 1940s. His evergreen In the bleak midwinter is included. Although the main focus this year is on recent British composers, there are carols in French, German and Spanish, as well as settings not previously heard at King's of the well-known texts Adam lay bounden (composed by Gaynor Howard) and of the Sussex Carol (in an arrangement by Bryan Kelly).

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Christmas carols and readings live from the candlelit chapel of King's College, Cambridge.

The annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College, Cambridge

A live broadcast from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge

Hymn: Once in Royal David's City (desc. Cleobury)
Bidding Prayer read by the Dean
In the bleak mid-winter (Darke)
First lesson: Genesis 3 vv 8-19 read by a Chorister
Adam's Fall (Richard Elfyn Jones)
Love came down at Christmas (Morris Arr. Cleobury)
Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar
How shall I fitly meet thee? (J.S. Bach)
I saw three ships (Arr. Ledger)
Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a representative of the Cambridge Churches
Illuminare, Jerusalem (Judith Weir)
O little town of Bethlehem (Arr. Cleobury)
Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by the Chaplain
A spotless rose (Howells)
The Lamb (Tavener)
Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-38 read by a member of College staff
Gabriel's Message (Arr. Pettman)
The Linden Tree Carol (Arr. Cleobury)
Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1-7 read by a representative of the City of Cambridge
Carol Eliseus (Huw Watkins - Commission (world premiere))
Away in a manger (Arr. Willcocks)
Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music
Can I not syng but hoy? (Francis Jackson)
God rest you merry, gentlemen (Arr. Willcocks)
Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost
We three kings of Orient are (Arr. Neary)
The Magi's Dream (Whitbourn)
Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost
O come, all ye faithful (Arr. Willcocks)
Collect and Blessing
Hark! The herald angels sing (desc. Cleobury)

Organ voluntaries:
In dulci jubilo (BWV 729) (Bach)
Prelude and Fugue in B major (Dupré) [broadcast on Radio 3 on Christmas Day only]

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury
Organ scholar: Henry Websdale

Producer: Philip Billson

For many around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from the candlelit Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas. It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world-famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

King's College Choir has performed a newly written carol at the famous Christmas Eve service A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols every Christmas since 1983. This year's carol - the 35th carol commissioned by King's for the Festival - is by Welsh composer Huw Watkins, who studied at King's as an undergraduate and is now Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.

The carol, which will be heard in public for the first time on Christmas Eve this year, is a setting of part of the welsh Plygain carol Carol Eliseus, chosen by former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

Of the setting, Watkins writes:

"I was particularly delighted to have been asked to write this year's new carol, having been an undergraduate at King's in the '90s. As a non-Welsh-speaking Welshman, I was also thrilled and slightly daunted when Stephen Cleobury suggested a Welsh text. My mother (a native speaker) has helped me with the sounds and stresses of the words, and I feel like setting this language has unlocked an indefinable Welshness in my music. I wanted to write something pure and somehow artless, and all the time I've had that glorious acoustic in my head."

The carol continues a tradition dating back to the beginning of Stephen Cleobury's tenure as Director of Music at King's, and is part of a long-standing contribution by the College to contemporary choral writing. Commissioned carols from previous years have included Judith Weir's Illuminare, Jerusalem and John Rutter's What Sweeter Music, as well as compositions by Jonathan Dove, Judith Bingham, John Tavener, Tansy Davies and many others.

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Christmas carols and readings from the candlelit chapel of King's College, Cambridge.

The annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College, Cambridge

Recorded yesterday in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge.

Hymn: Once in Royal David's City (desc. Cleobury)
Bidding Prayer read by the Dean
In the bleak mid-winter (Darke)
First lesson: Genesis 3 vv 8-19 read by a Chorister
Adam's Fall (Richard Elfyn Jones)
Love came down at Christmas (Morris Arr. Cleobury)
Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar
How shall I fitly meet thee? (J.S. Bach)
I saw three ships (Arr. Ledger)
Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a representative of the Cambridge Churches
Illuminare, Jerusalem (Judith Weir)
O little town of Bethlehem (Arr. Cleobury)
Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by the Chaplain
A spotless rose (Howells)
The Lamb (Tavener)
Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-38 read by a member of College staff
Gabriel's Message (Arr. Pettman)
The Linden Tree Carol (Arr. Cleobury)
Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1-7 read by a representative of the City of Cambridge
Carol Eliseus (Huw Watkins - Commission (world premiere))
Away in a manger (Arr. Willcocks)
Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music
Can I not syng but hoy? (Francis Jackson)
God rest you merry, gentlemen (Arr. Willcocks)
Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost
We three kings of Orient are (Arr. Neary)
The Magi's Dream (Whitbourn)
Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost
O come, all ye faithful (Arr. Willcocks)
Collect and Blessing
Hark! The herald angels sing (desc. Cleobury)

Organ voluntaries:
In dulci jubilo (BWV 729) (Bach)
Prelude and Fugue in B major (Dupré) [broadcast on Radio 3 on Christmas Day only]

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury
Organ scholar: Henry Websdale

Producer: Philip Billson

For many around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from the candlelit Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas. It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world-famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

King's College Choir has performed a newly written carol at the famous Christmas Eve service A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols every Christmas since 1983. This year's carol - the 35th carol commissioned by King's for the Festival - is by Welsh composer Huw Watkins, who studied at King's as an undergraduate and is now Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.

The carol, which will be heard in public for the first time on Christmas Eve this year, is a setting of part of the welsh Plygain carol Carol Eliseus, chosen by former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

Of the setting, Watkins writes:

"I was particularly delighted to have been asked to write this year's new carol, having been an undergraduate at King's in the '90s. As a non-Welsh-speaking Welshman, I was also thrilled and slightly daunted when Stephen Cleobury suggested a Welsh text. My mother (a native speaker) has helped me with the sounds and stresses of the words, and I feel like setting this language has unlocked an indefinable Welshness in my music. I wanted to write something pure and somehow artless, and all the time I've had that glorious acoustic in my head."

The carol continues a tradition dating back to the beginning of Stephen Cleobury's tenure as Director of Music at King's, and is part of a long-standing contribution by the College to contemporary choral writing. Commissioned carols from previous years have included Judith Weir's Illuminare, Jerusalem and John Rutter's What Sweeter Music, as well as compositions by Jonathan Dove, Judith Bingham, John Tavener, Tansy Davies and many others.

Christmas carols and readings from the candlelit chapel of King's College, Cambridge.

Recorded yesterday in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge.

Hymn: Once in Royal David's City (desc. Cleobury)
Bidding Prayer read by the Dean
In the bleak mid-winter (Darke)
First lesson: Genesis 3 vv 8-19 read by a Chorister
Adam's Fall (Richard Elfyn Jones)
Love came down at Christmas (Morris Arr. Cleobury)
Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar
How shall I fitly meet thee? (J.S. Bach)
I saw three ships (Arr. Ledger)
Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a representative of the Cambridge Churches
Illuminare, Jerusalem (Judith Weir)
O little town of Bethlehem (Arr. Cleobury)
Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by the Chaplain
A spotless rose (Howells)
The Lamb (Tavener)
Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-38 read by a member of College staff
Gabriel's Message (Arr. Pettman)
The Linden Tree Carol (Arr. Cleobury)
Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1-7 read by a representative of the City of Cambridge
Carol Eliseus (Huw Watkins - Commission (world premiere))
Away in a manger (Arr. Willcocks)
Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music
Can I not syng but hoy? (Francis Jackson)
God rest you merry, gentlemen (Arr. Willcocks)
Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost
We three kings of Orient are (Arr. Neary)
The Magi's Dream (Whitbourn)
Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost
O come, all ye faithful (Arr. Willcocks)
Collect and Blessing
Hark! The herald angels sing (desc. Cleobury)

Organ voluntaries:
In dulci jubilo (BWV 729) (Bach)
Prelude and Fugue in B major (Dupré) [broadcast on Radio 3 on Christmas Day only]

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury
Organ scholar: Henry Websdale

Producer: Philip Billson

For many around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from the candlelit Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas. It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world-famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

King's College Choir has performed a newly written carol at the famous Christmas Eve service A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols every Christmas since 1983. This year's carol - the 35th carol commissioned by King's for the Festival - is by Welsh composer Huw Watkins, who studied at King's as an undergraduate and is now Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.

The carol, which will be heard in public for the first time on Christmas Eve this year, is a setting of part of the welsh Plygain carol Carol Eliseus, chosen by former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

Of the setting, Watkins writes:

"I was particularly delighted to have been asked to write this year's new carol, having been an undergraduate at King's in the '90s. As a non-Welsh-speaking Welshman, I was also thrilled and slightly daunted when Stephen Cleobury suggested a Welsh text. My mother (a native speaker) has helped me with the sounds and stresses of the words, and I feel like setting this language has unlocked an indefinable Welshness in my music. I wanted to write something pure and somehow artless, and all the time I've had that glorious acoustic in my head."

The carol continues a tradition dating back to the beginning of Stephen Cleobury's tenure as Director of Music at King's, and is part of a long-standing contribution by the College to contemporary choral writing. Commissioned carols from previous years have included Judith Weir's Illuminare, Jerusalem and John Rutter's What Sweeter Music, as well as compositions by Jonathan Dove, Judith Bingham, John Tavener, Tansy Davies and many others.

A Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols20161225

Recorded yesterday in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge.

Hymn: Once in Royal David's City (desc. Cleobury)

Bidding Prayer read by the Dean

A Babe is born (Mathias)

First lesson: Genesis 3 vv 8-19 read by a Chorister

Jesus Christ the apple tree (Poston)

Adam lay ybounden (Gaynor Howard)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar

Riu, riu chiu (Flecha the Elder)

In dulci jubilo (H. Praetorius)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a representative of the Cambridge Churches

Sussex Carol (arr. Brian Kelly)

Hymn: O Little Town of Bethlehem (arr. Vaughan Williams)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by a representative of the City of Cambridge

The Lamb (Tavener)

A spotless rose (Howells)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-38 read by a representative of our sister college at Eton

I sing of a maiden (Lennox Berkeley)

Joys Seven (arr. Cleobury)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1 -7 read by the Chaplain

Quelle est cette odeur? (arr. Willcocks)

This ender night (Michael Berkeley - Commission (world premiere))

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music

In the bleak midwinter (Darke)

Hymn: While shepherds watched (desc. Cleobury)

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost

Bethlehem Down (Warlock)

Ding, dong merrily (Wood arr. Wilberg and Stevens)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost

Hymn: O come, all ye faithful (arr. Willcocks)

Collect and Blessing

Hymn: Hark, the Herald Angels sing (desc. Ledger)

Organ voluntaries:

In dulci jubilo (BWV 729) (Bach)

Dieu parmi nous (La Nativité du Seigneur) (Messaien) (broadcast on Radio 3 on Christmas Day only)

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury

Organ Scholar: Richard Gowers

Producer: Philip Billson

For many around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from the candlelit Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas. It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world-famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

The College's Director of Music Stephen Cleobury writes:

The commissioned carol this year is by Michael Berkeley, who has set the mediaeval poem This ender night. The first carol I commissioned (in 1983) was from Michael's father, Lennox, who is represented in this service by his I sing of a maiden. Significant anniversaries of two composers strongly connected with the carol repertoire and the King's service are marked. Charles Wood (1866-1926) popularised Ding dong! merrily on high, and this is included in the recent arrangement by the American composers Mack Wilberg and Peter Stevens. Harold Darke (1888-1976) directed the King's Choir during Boris Ord's absence on war service in the early 1940s. His evergreen In the bleak midwinter is included. Although the main focus this year is on recent British composers, there are carols in French, German and Spanish, as well as settings not previously heard at King's of the well-known texts Adam lay bounden (composed by Gaynor Howard) and of the Sussex Carol (in an arrangement by Bryan Kelly).

A Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols20161225

Recorded yesterday in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge.

Hymn: Once in Royal David's City (desc. Cleobury)

Bidding Prayer read by the Dean

A Babe is born (Mathias)

First lesson: Genesis 3 vv 8-19 read by a Chorister

Jesus Christ the apple tree (Poston)

Adam lay ybounden (Gaynor Howard)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar

Riu, riu chiu (Flecha the Elder)

In dulci jubilo (H. Praetorius)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a representative of the Cambridge Churches

Sussex Carol (arr. Brian Kelly)

Hymn: O Little Town of Bethlehem (arr. Vaughan Williams)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by a representative of the City of Cambridge

The Lamb (Tavener)

A spotless rose (Howells)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-38 read by a representative of our sister college at Eton

I sing of a maiden (Lennox Berkeley)

Joys Seven (arr. Cleobury)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1 -7 read by the Chaplain

Quelle est cette odeur? (arr. Willcocks)

This ender night (Michael Berkeley - Commission (world premiere))

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music

In the bleak midwinter (Darke)

Hymn: While shepherds watched (desc. Cleobury)

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost

Bethlehem Down (Warlock)

Ding, dong merrily (Wood arr. Wilberg and Stevens)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost

Hymn: O come, all ye faithful (arr. Willcocks)

Collect and Blessing

Hymn: Hark, the Herald Angels sing (desc. Ledger)

Organ voluntaries:

In dulci jubilo (BWV 729) (Bach)

Dieu parmi nous (La Nativité du Seigneur) (Messaien) (broadcast on Radio 3 on Christmas Day only)

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury

Organ Scholar: Richard Gowers

Producer: Philip Billson

For many around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from the candlelit Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas. It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world-famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

The College's Director of Music Stephen Cleobury writes:

The commissioned carol this year is by Michael Berkeley, who has set the mediaeval poem This ender night. The first carol I commissioned (in 1983) was from Michael's father, Lennox, who is represented in this service by his I sing of a maiden. Significant anniversaries of two composers strongly connected with the carol repertoire and the King's service are marked. Charles Wood (1866-1926) popularised Ding dong! merrily on high, and this is included in the recent arrangement by the American composers Mack Wilberg and Peter Stevens. Harold Darke (1888-1976) directed the King's Choir during Boris Ord's absence on war service in the early 1940s. His evergreen In the bleak midwinter is included. Although the main focus this year is on recent British composers, there are carols in French, German and Spanish, as well as settings not previously heard at King's of the well-known texts Adam lay bounden (composed by Gaynor Howard) and of the Sussex Carol (in an arrangement by Bryan Kelly).

Carols And Readings From King's20161225

Recorded yesterday in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge.

Hymn: Once in Royal David's City (desc. Cleobury)

Bidding Prayer read by the Dean

A Babe is born (Mathias)

First lesson: Genesis 3 vv 8-19 read by a Chorister

Jesus Christ the apple tree (Poston)

Adam lay ybounden (Gaynor Howard)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar

Riu, riu chiu (Flecha the Elder)

In dulci jubilo (H. Praetorius)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a representative of the Cambridge Churches

Sussex Carol (arr. Brian Kelly)

Hymn: O Little Town of Bethlehem (arr. Vaughan Williams)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by a representative of the City of Cambridge

The Lamb (Tavener)

A spotless rose (Howells)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-38 read by a representative of King's College's sister college at Eton

I sing of a maiden (Lennox Berkeley)

Joys Seven (arr. Cleobury)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1 -7 read by the Chaplain

Quelle est cette odeur? (arr. Willcocks)

This ender night (Michael Berkeley - Commission (world premiere))

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music

In the bleak midwinter (Darke)

Hymn: While Shepherds Watched (desc. Cleobury)

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost

Bethlehem Down (Warlock)

Ding, dong merrily (Wood arr. Wilberg and Stevens)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost

Hymn: O Come, All Ye Faithful (arr. Willcocks)

Collect and Blessing

Hymn: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (desc. Ledger)

Organ voluntaries:

In dulci jubilo (BWV 729) (Bach)

Dieu parmi nous (La Nativité du Seigneur) (Messiaen)

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury

Organ Scholar: Richard Gowers

Producer: Philip Billson

For many around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from the candlelit Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas. It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world-famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

The College's Director of Music Stephen Cleobury writes:

The commissioned carol this year is by Michael Berkeley, who has set the mediaeval poem 'This ender night'. The first carol I commissioned (in 1983) was from Michael's father, Lennox, who is represented in this service by his 'I sing of a maiden'. Significant anniversaries of two composers strongly connected with the carol repertoire and the King's service are marked. Charles Wood (1866-1926) popularised 'Ding dong! merrily on high', and this is included in the recent arrangement by the American composers Mack Wilberg and Peter Stevens. Harold Darke (1888-1976) directed the King's Choir during Boris Ord's absence on war service in the early 1940s. His evergreen 'In the bleak midwinter' is included. Although the main focus this year is on recent British composers, there are carols in French, German and Spanish, as well as settings not previously heard at King's of the well-known texts 'Adam lay ybounden' (composed by Gaynor Howard) and of the Sussex Carol (in an arrangement by Bryan Kelly).

Carols And Readings From King's20161225

Recorded yesterday in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge.

Hymn: Once in Royal David's City (desc. Cleobury)

Bidding Prayer read by the Dean

A Babe is born (Mathias)

First lesson: Genesis 3 vv 8-19 read by a Chorister

Jesus Christ the apple tree (Poston)

Adam lay ybounden (Gaynor Howard)

Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar

Riu, riu chiu (Flecha the Elder)

In dulci jubilo (H. Praetorius)

Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a representative of the Cambridge Churches

Sussex Carol (arr. Brian Kelly)

Hymn: O Little Town of Bethlehem (arr. Vaughan Williams)

Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11 vv 1-3a, 4a, 6-9 read by a representative of the City of Cambridge

The Lamb (Tavener)

A spotless rose (Howells)

Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-38 read by a representative of King's College's sister college at Eton

I sing of a maiden (Lennox Berkeley)

Joys Seven (arr. Cleobury)

Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1 -7 read by the Chaplain

Quelle est cette odeur? (arr. Willcocks)

This ender night (Michael Berkeley - Commission (world premiere))

Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music

In the bleak midwinter (Darke)

Hymn: While Shepherds Watched (desc. Cleobury)

Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost

Bethlehem Down (Warlock)

Ding, dong merrily (Wood arr. Wilberg and Stevens)

Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost

Hymn: O Come, All Ye Faithful (arr. Willcocks)

Collect and Blessing

Hymn: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (desc. Ledger)

Organ voluntaries:

In dulci jubilo (BWV 729) (Bach)

Dieu parmi nous (La Nativité du Seigneur) (Messiaen)

Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury

Organ Scholar: Richard Gowers

Producer: Philip Billson

For many around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from the candlelit Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas. It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world-famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns.

The College's Director of Music Stephen Cleobury writes:

The commissioned carol this year is by Michael Berkeley, who has set the mediaeval poem 'This ender night'. The first carol I commissioned (in 1983) was from Michael's father, Lennox, who is represented in this service by his 'I sing of a maiden'. Significant anniversaries of two composers strongly connected with the carol repertoire and the King's service are marked. Charles Wood (1866-1926) popularised 'Ding dong! merrily on high', and this is included in the recent arrangement by the American composers Mack Wilberg and Peter Stevens. Harold Darke (1888-1976) directed the King's Choir during Boris Ord's absence on war service in the early 1940s. His evergreen 'In the bleak midwinter' is included. Although the main focus this year is on recent British composers, there are carols in French, German and Spanish, as well as settings not previously heard at King's of the well-known texts 'Adam lay ybounden' (composed by Gaynor Howard) and of the Sussex Carol (in an arrangement by Bryan Kelly).

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in King's College Chapel Cambridge upon Christmas Eve Director of Music

DAVID WILLCOCKS IAN HARE (organ)

(A stereophonic recording can be heard on Christmas morning at 9.35, Radio 3 - for Order of Service, see page 54. The head chorister's choice of Desert Island Discs: Saturday at 7.0 pm. Radio 4. ' Christmas at school - but there are compensations ': page 4)

Contributors

Music: David Willcocks

Music: Ian Hare

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Unknown: Noel Nouvelet

Unknown: Josef Lieber

Unknown: Josef Mein

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Producer David France. Stereo

0 ORDER OF SERVICE: page21

Contributors

Producer: David France.

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Producer: David France.

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Order of Service: page 23. Producer David France. Stereo

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from King's College Chapel, Cambridge. For the Order of Service, see page 21.

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LIVEfrom the Chapel of King's

LIVE College, Cambridge.

See panel on right for Order of Service. Director of music (*and descant/ arrangement) Stephen Cleobury Organ scholar James Vivian

Producers David Kremer and James Whitbourn

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Unknown: Stephen Cleobury

Unknown: James Vivian

Producers: David Kremer

Producers: James Whitbourn

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From the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge. See panel on right for Order of Service. Director of music (* and descant/ arrangement) Stephen Cleobury. Organ scholar Robert Quinney.

Producers David Kremer and James Whitboum Repeated tomorrow 3.20pm Radio 3 and televised today on BBC2 at 4.45pm

+ Edward Bonner 's Kind of Day: page 218

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Unknown: Stephen Cleobury.

Unknown: Robert Quinney.

Producers: David Kremer

Producers: James Whitboum

Unknown: Edward Bonner

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From the Chapel of King's

College, Cambridge

See panel on right for Order of Service. Director of Music (*and descant) Stephen Cleobury. Organ Scholar

Robert Quinney.

Producers David Kremer and James Whitboum Repeated tomorrow 2pm Radio 3

* Brian Kay 's Christmas Choice: p34

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From the Chapel of King's

College, Cambridge

See panel on right for Order of Service. Director of Music (*and descant) Stephen Cleobury. Organ Scholar

Robert Quinney.

Producers David Kremer and James Whitboum Repeated tomorrow 2pm Radio 3

* Brian Kay 's Christmas Choice: p34

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Unknown: Stephen Cleobury.

Unknown: Robert Quinney.

Producers: David Kremer

Producers: James Whitboum

Unknown: Brian Kay

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Unknown: Stephen Cleobury.

Unknown: Robert Quinney.

Producers: David Kremer

Producers: James Whitboum

Unknown: Brian Kay

Programme Catalogue - Details: 25 December 199019901225

Editor: RNE

Producer: D. FRANCE/J. WHITBOU

Next in series: RADIO FIVE VERSION FOR TX 25.12.92

Previous in series: STANDBY

Broadcast history

25 Dec 1990 14:45-16:15 (RADIO 3)

24 Dec 1991 15:00-16:30 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1990-12-24

Producer: D.

FRANCE/J.

WHITBOU

Programme Catalogue - Details: Standby19901224

Producer: C. ELLIOT

Next in series: 25 December 1990

Previous in series: 25 December 1989

Broadcast history

24 Dec 1990 15:02-16:30 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1987-12-24

BBC Programme Number: 570W927

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Producer: C.

ELLIOT

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