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A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Sunday 25 December 2005 17:00-18:30 (Radio 3)

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

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

Playlist:

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 (J S Bach) - Improvisation on 'Adeste, Fideles' (Francis Pott)




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