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The traditional celebration of Christmas from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge marks the sixtieth anniversary of the first programme being broadcast.

The traditional celebration of Christmas from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge marks the sixtieth anniversary of the first programme being broadcast. Stephen Cleobury conducts the world-famous choir in glorious carols including In the Bleak Midwinter (Holst) and Stille Nacht and, as in 1954, the programme begins as a solo chorister sings the first verse of Once in Royal David's City. The story of the Nativity is told in the words of the King James Bible, through poetry by Christina Rossetti and Nathaniel Wanley and a letter from a soldier at the front during the first Christmas of the Great War in 1914.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Christmas Day 2014 11:00

Credits

Role Contributor
Producer James Whitbourn
Director Pamela Hossick
Conductor Stephen Cleobury

Broadcasts

BBC Radio 4: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

BBC Radio 4: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Atmospheric coverage of the annual festival from King's College, Cambridge