Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Countdown, Day 19: Nine Lessons & Carols

Once in royal David's city
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her baby
In a manger for his bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little child.
Words: Mrs. Cecil Frances Alexander (1823-1895
Melody: Henry Gauntlett (1805-1876)
The audio CD for Nine Lessons & Carols just arrived from and I'm thrilling to the pitch-perfect a capella voice of the boy chorister who opens the annual festival of readings and songs. Once in Royal David's City is a perennial choice for the processional hymn, the first stanza sung in a high-range solitary voice by the boy chorister chosen for the occasion. As the procession enters, the single voice is joined by others~~boy choristers and young men from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities.
A Christmas Eve tradition of the finest sort.
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge owes its existence to King Henry VI who, in founding the College in 1441, envisaged the daily singing of services in his magnificent chapel, one of the jewels of Britain's cultural and architectural heritage.



Jeanne @ Collage of Life said...

Hi Beck

We are huge fans of The Choir of Kings College, having seen them at the Royal Albert Hall when we were living in England. Mr. H can not get enough of them and we do not have this one, the perfect Christmas gift, thank you!
Sending you best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year...may it be merry and bright, always..

Jeanne xx

Rachel Cotterill said...

I always love to listen to the Kings service on Christmas Eve, it's a Christmas tradition for me :)

Linda said...

Thank you for sharing this particular recording. I shall be watching a recorded tv broadcast showing on Christmas Day over here.


Ah, the beautiful sounds of Christmas.


tammy j said...

for this anglophile ~ this post was dear to my heart.