Carols from King’s: 60th Anniversary Edition (DVD)


The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Douglas Tang & Tom Etheridge organ
Directed by Stephen Cleobury

Released 13 November 2015


SKU: KGS0013
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This DVD includes the full 2014 service as broadcast by the BBC, and an hour-long documentary detailing the history of this central component of the British Christmas tradition.

This special edition includes 60 Years of Carols from King’s, a BBC documentary narrated by Juliet Stevenson, which charts the history of the service since 1954. The film gives an insight into the tradition of selecting the soloists for Once in Royal David’s City, what goes on behind the scenes, what life is like for a chorister in the Choir, and the impact these experiences have on generations of choristers.

***** Best Classical CDs for Christmas – The Telegraph

Once in royal David’s city Gauntlett, Henry John & Mann, Arthur Henry desc. S Cleobury
Up! good Christen folk Piae Cantiones arr. George Ratcliffe Woodward
A tender shoot Goldschmidt, Otto
Sussex Carol Trad arr. David Willcocks
Stille Nacht Gruber, Franz Xaver arr. Stephen Cleobury
In the bleak mid-winter Holst, Gustav
It came upon the midnight clear Trad arr. A Sullivan desc. Stephen Cleobury
Gabriel’s message Basque Trad arr. Edgar Pettman
Benedicamus Domino Warlock, Peter
A spotless Rose Howells, Herbert
Joys seven Trad arr. Stephen Cleobury
God rest you merry, gentlemen Trad arr. David Willcocks
The Lamb Taverner, John
Ding! Dong! merrily on high Tabourot, Jehan arr. Mack Wilberg & Peter Stevens
Noël nouvelet French Trad arr. Stephen Jackson
The Three Kings Cornelius, Peter arr. Ivor Atkins
A babe is born Mathias, William
God is with us Taverner, John
Hark! the herald angels sing Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix desc. S Cleobury
Von Himmel hoch, BWV 606 Bach, Johann Sebastian
Total playing time – 134:00

Filmed 14 December 2014, by the BBC, in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, by kind permission of the Provost and Fellows.

Video Format Colour, DVD9 (Region 0 – Worldwide) NTSC SD 16:9 Audio Format 16bit 48kHz PCM stereo
Subtitle None Menus English Other Booklet enclosed contains text of the service sheet