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A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Saturday 24 December 2005 15:00-16:30 (Radio 4 FM)


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

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