Image for 2010 Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols

Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio

2010 Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols

Duration:
1 hour, 40 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 24 December 2010

The Festival, live from 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.

Programme:
Once in royal David's city (arr. Stephen Cleobury)
- Bidding Prayer read by the Dean
This is the truth sent from above (arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams)
- First lesson: Genesis 3, vv 8-19 read by a Chorister
Adam lay ybounden (Boris Ord)
A Virgin most pure (arr. Stephen Cleobury)
- Second lesson: Genesis 22 vv 15-18 read by a Choral Scholar
In dulci jubilo (arr. Robert Lucas de Pearsall)
If ye would hear the angels sing (Peter Tranchell)
- Third lesson: Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 read by a Representative of the Cambridge Churches
Sussex Carol (arr. Philip Ledger)
God rest you merry, gentlemen (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)
Det är en ros utsprungen (arr. Jan Sandström)
- Fifth lesson: Luke 1 vv 26-35, 38 read by the Master over the Choristers
Hymne à la Vierge (Pierre Villette)
Sunny Bank (arr. Peter Hurford)
- Sixth lesson: Luke 2 vv 1, 3-7 read by the Chaplain
Mariä Wiegenlied (Max Reger)
The holly and the ivy (arr. June Nixon)
- Seventh lesson: Luke 2 vv 8-16 read by the Director of Music
While shepherds watched (arr. Stephen Cleobury)
Illuminare, Jerusalem (Judith Weir)
- Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost
Christmas Carol (Einojuhani Rautavaara - first performance, commissioned by King's College)
Ding, dong, merrily (arr. Mack Wilberg)
- Ninth lesson: John 1 vv 1-14 read by the Provost
O come, all ye faithful (arr. Stephen Cleobury)
- Collect and Blessing
Hark! the herald angels sing (arr. David Willcocks)

Organ voluntaries:
In dulci jubilo BWV 729 (JS Bach)
Prelude & Fugue in B (Marcel Dupré)

Choir of King's College, Cambridge
Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury
Organ Scholar: Ben-San Lau

Live broadcast: Friday 24th December, 15:00 GMT

Repeats:
Friday 24th December
21:30 GMT (West Africa)
Saturday 25th December
01:30 GMT (The Americas)
04:30 GMT (East Asia)
09:30 GMT (Australasia)
10:30 GMT (Australasia)

Please send any comments and questions to: world.class@bbc.co.uk

Broadcasts

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.