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A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols: The Centenary Service

£14.00

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Henry Websdale & Dónal McCann Organ Scholars
Guy Johnston Cello Soloist

Directed by Sir Stephen Cleobury

The Revd Dr Stephen Cherry Dean
The Revd Andrew Hammond Chaplain
Ian Griffiths Dean’s Verger
Malwina Sołtys Deputy Dean’s Verger

Released 8 November 2019

SACD Hybrid in a premium hardback booklet
5.1 surround sound / high-resolution stereo (also compatible with CD players)

SKU: KGS0036
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In 2018 Sir Stephen Cleobury and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge celebrated 100 years of Nine Lessons & Carols, the iconic festival that is enjoyed by millions around the world each year at Christmas time. Now this landmark event is available in its entirety on the official anniversary release from the King’s College label.

In addition to being the 100th anniversary, the 2018 Festival marked the final time that Sir Stephen Cleobury, the College’s longstanding Director of Music, would lead the service before his retirement in September 2019. During his tenure, Cleobury introduced the tradition of commissioning a new carol each year, and this release includes the world premiere of O mercy divine, written by current Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir.

Captured in the highest quality and presented in a stunning hardback book with over 50 pages of notes, commentary and photography documenting the festival’s legacy, A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols: The Centenary Service is the definitive account of the anniversary and the opportunity to experience a once in a lifetime piece of musical history.

When playing the disc in a standard CD player, two tracks are omitted because of technical limitations. They are available for free download here using the voucher code in your booklet.

*When playing the disc in a standard CD player, two tracks are omitted because of technical limitations. They are available for free download here using the voucher code in your booklet.

Playing time (SACD) – 81:55
1Once in royal David’s City4:21H. J. Gauntlett and A. H. Mann, desc. S. Cleobury
2The Bidding Prayer, Lord’s Prayer and Benediction3:17
3Up! good Christen folk1:20Piæ Cantiones, harm. G. R. Woodward
4First Lesson2:44
5Adam lay ybounden1:11Boris Ord
6Jesus Christ the apple tree2:40Elizabeth Poston
7Second Lesson1:03
8In dulci jubilo3:05German traditional, arr. Robert Lucas de Pearsall
9*I saw three ships2:15English traditional, arr. Simon Preston
10Third Lesson1:08
11Nowell sing we3:08Mediæval, ed. Stephen Cleobury
12Unto us is born a Son2:21Piæ Cantiones, arr. David Willcocks
13Fourth Lesson1:59
14A Spotless Rose2:45Herbert Howells
15The Lamb3:07John Tavener
16Fifth Lesson2:31
17Joys Seven3:15Traditional, arr. Stephen Cleobury
18Bogoróditse Dyevo1:16Arvo Pärt
19Sixth Lesson1:01
20What sweeter music4:09John Rutter
21Stille Nacht2:29Franz Gruber, arr. Philip Ledger
22Seventh Lesson1:40
23In the bleak mid-winter4:08Harold Darke
24*While shepherds watched their flocks by night2:54After C. Tye, desc. Stephen Cleobury
25Eighth Lesson2:45
26O mercy divine3:57Judith Weir
27Sir Christèmas1:44William Mathias
28Ninth Lesson2:09
29O come, all ye faithful4:23Adeste fideles, desc. David Willcocks
30Collect and Blessing1:06
31Hark! the herald angels sing3:25Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, desc. Stephen Cleobury
32In dulci jubilo, BWV 7292:37Johann Sebastian Bach

 

Soloists

Once in royal David’s City George Hill

I saw three ships George Hill

A Spotless Rose Charlie Baigent

Joys Seven Jack Bowley

In the bleak mid-winter James Micklethwaite

Organists

During the service the organ was played by the Senior Organ Scholar, Henry Websdale.

 

 

Recorded live at 192kHz 24-bit PCM in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, by kind permission of the Provost and Scholars, 24 December 2018.

With thanks to Steve Richards and the BBC Radio Outside Broadcast team.

Read more about the 1918 service booklet in the news story.

1918 Service Paper
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