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Kings College Cambridge

Kings College Cambridge

We haven't got anybody coming to stay for Christmas this year, we were full up for the last two years which meant there was no watching any Christmas TV.  I love watching a good film and intend to watch as much as possible over Christmas, something I rarely do.  Recently I have been watching The Fall - it is absolutely terrifying but as it is compulsive viewing I think I am going to have to start watching it in the morning.  I get too scared nowadays!

Kings College Choir

Kings College Choir

I know it is three weeks until Christmas but before all the schools break up and everybody is busy I thought I would recommend what is without doubt the best recording of Christmas Carols by Kings College Cambridge.  There is nothing like some beautiful carols to help get one in the mood and have gently wafting through the house.  If you listen to the YouTube clips below I guarantee you will be singing along, they are so beautiful.

The carols on this recording are a collection most of which have been sung at the Festival of nine lessons and carols.  This is the Christmas Eve service which is held in Kings College Chapel.  It was first introduced in 1918 and first broadcast in 1928.  Now it broadcasts to millions all around  the world.  Every year it starts with Once in Royal David's City and they always commission a new carol to be sung.  You can download the album from iTunes or buy it from Amazon below by clicking on the links.

I particularly like and recommend this recording because many of the arrangements are by David Willcocks who was the Director of Music at Kings College Choir from 1957 to 1974.  He wrote all the well known arrangements and descants particularly for Away in a Manger, Once in Royal David's City, Hark the Herald Angel's Sing and O Come All Ye Faithful to name but a few.

Listen to Away in a Manger arranged by David Willcocks on YouTube   
The Holly and the Ivy on YouTube     

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Posted on December 8, 2014 .