Favourite Carols from King’s


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

Released 3 November 2014


SKU: KGS0007
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‘Favourite Carols from King’s’ is a collection of the most popular carols featured in A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols over the years. Highlights include ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, with the opening verse sung by treble Adam Banwell, ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’, solo performed by bass Hugo Herman-Wilson and ‘Hark! the herald angels sing’. It provides at once a survey of the King’s Christmas tradition and a snapshot of the choir as it is today.

Recording of the Month – Friends of Cathedral Music

**** – BBC Music Magazine

1 Once in royal David’s city 04:38 Gauntlett, Henry John & Mann, Arthur Henry desc. Philip Ledger
2 Ding! Dong! merrily on high 02:07 XVI Century French arr. Charles Wood
3 Herefordshire Carol 02:43 English Trad arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams
4 Adam lay ybounden 01:08 Ord, Boris
5 Sussex Carol 02:00 English Trad arr. Philip Ledger
6 In dulci jubilo 03:28 Anon arr. Robert Lucas de Pearsal ed. Reginald Jacques
7 Joy to the world 03:00 Holford, William arr. Hugh Keyte & Andrew Parrott
8 Gabriel’s message 02:40 Basque Trad arr. Edgar Pettman
9 The holly and the ivy 02:48 French Trad arr. Henry Walford Davies
10 O little town of Bethlehem 03:33 English Trad arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams desc. Thomas Armstrong
11 A spotless Rose 03:17 Howells, Herbert
12 The shepherd’s Carol 03:09 Chilcott, Bob
13 Angels from the realms of glory 03:43 French Trad arr. Reginald Jacques
14 Silent night 03:40 Gruber, Franz arr. Stephen Cleobury
15 It came upon the midnight clear 03:24 English Trad arr. Arthur Sullivan desc. Stephen Cleobury
16 In the bleak midwinter 04:32 Darke, Harold
17 I saw three ships 02:06 English Trad arr. Simon Preston
18 While shepherds watched their flocks 02:44 Este’s Psalter desc. Stephen Cleobury
19 The three kings 02:17 Cornelius, Peter arr. Ivor Atkins
20 Coventry Carol 02:50 XV Century Anon
21 God rest you merry, gentlemen 03:41 English Trad arr. David Willcocks
22 Away in a manger 02:29 Kirkpatrick, William arr. David Willcocks
23 All bells in paradise 04:34 Rutter, John
24 Hark! the herald angels sing 03:11 Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix desc. Stephen Cleobury
25 O come, all ye faithful 04:29 Wade, John Francis arr. David Willcocks
Total playing time – 78:11


Recorded at 96kHz 24-bit PCM stereo in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, by kind permission of the Provost and Fellows, 16, 17, 18 & 20 March 2014.

Producer & Editor  Simon Kiln
Recording Engineer  Arne Akselberg
Mixing Engineer  Arne Akselberg
Technical Engineer  Richard Hale
CD Mastering Engineer  Simon Gibson