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A solo chorister sings Once In Royal David's City to begin the traditional celebration of Christmas from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge.

The world-famous choir, directed by Stephen Cleobury, sings a glorious selection of carols, including Ding! Dong! Merrily on High (Wilberg), The Holly and the Ivy, The Three Kings (Cornelius) and O Come All Ye Faithful.

The Christmas story is told in the words of the King James Bible and in poems by Rowan Williams, Charles Causley and UA Fanthorpe.

Release date:

1 hour, 14 minutes

Last on

Christmas Day 2016 11:40

Order of Service

CAROLS from KING’S 2016

A Celebration of Christmas

from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge

with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

 

Director of Music

STEPHEN CLEOBURY

 

Organ Scholars

RICHARD GOWERS

HENRY WEBSDALE

 

Dean

The Revd Dr STEPHEN CHERRY

Dean and Director of Theology, King’s College, Cambridge

 

SERVICE

1. ONCE IN ROYAL DAVID’S CITY by Henry John Gauntlett, descant: Stephen Cleobury

Bidding Prayer: The Dean

2. DING! DONG! MERRILY ON HIGH arr. Mack Wilberg

Reading: ISAIAH 11: 1-9 

3. A TENDER SHOOT Otto Goldschmidt

4. THE LAMB John Tavener

Reading: Advent Calendar by Rowan Williams

5. PAST THREE A CLOCK arr. Stephen Cleobury

6. IN THE BLEAK MID-WINTER Harold Darke

7. O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL arr. Stephen Cleobury

Reading: LUKE 1: 26-38

8. I SING OF A MAIDEN Lennox Berkeley

9. JOYS SEVEN arr. Stephen Cleobury

Reading: Mary’s Song by Charles Causley

10. SUO GÂN arr. Stephen Cleobury

11. THE HOLLY AND THE IVY arr. Henry Walford Davies

12. IT CAME UPON THE MIDNIGHT CLEAR desc. Stephen Cleobury

Reading: MATTHEW 2: 1-12

13. BETHLEHEM DOWN Peter Warlock

14. I SAW THREE SHIPS arr. Simon Preston

Reading: BC:AD by U.A. Fanthorpe 

15. THREE KINGS FROM PERSIAN LANDS Peter Cornelius

16. A BABE IS BORN William Mathias

Reading: JOHN 1: 1-14

17. O MAGNUM MYSTERIUM Tomás Luis de Victoria

Blessing: The Dean

18. O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL arr. David Willcocks

End of service.

Credits

Role Contributor
DirectorPamela Hossick
ProducerJames Whitbourn

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