- Radio Times
- Review by:
- Jane Rackham
As we say every year, this traditional celebration of the birth of Christ is, for many, the true start of Christmas.
This specially recorded service has been broadcast from the fan-vaulted, candlelit splendour of King’s College Chapel in Cambridge since 1928, following the same pattern of readings and music.
It always starts with the exquisite sound of a lone chorister singing Once in Royal David’s City and ends with a rousing rendition of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.
The service provides a rare moment of tranquillity amid the chaos of our increasingly commercial Christmas. There’s nothing like it for producing a feeling of goodwill towards all men and women.
About this programme
The solo chorister singing the opening verse of Once in Royal David's City from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas for millions of people around the world. Carols from King's tells the Christmas story through readings from the King James Bible and poems by Rainer Maria Rilke, William Austin and Laurie Lee. The world-famous King's College Choir, under the direction of Stephen Cleobury, sings carols including Ding Dong Merrily on High, Away in a Manger, The Holly and the Ivy, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, We Three Kings, In the Bleak Midwinter, Silent Night and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.
Cast and crew
- Pamela Hossick
- James Whitbourn