The new CD from the Choir had its press launch today. 'Nine Lessons & Carols' is the first CD on the College's own label. The major part of this double CD consists of the 2010 Christmas Eve service.
The service opens with a lone treble singing Once in Royal David's City. Many well known Christmas carols are included in the sequence, and the service closes with the congregational hymn, Hark the Herald Angels Sing.
The second CD includes commissioned carols from the years 2007-2011 by Mark-Anthony Turnage, Brett Dean, Dominic Muldowney, Gabriel Jackson, Einojuhani Rautavaara and Tansy Davies. It also includes a new work, All Bells in Paradise, which was especially written for the CD by the renowned choral composer John Rutter.
The launch took the form of a reception in the Saltmarsh Rooms at which Jeremy Morris (Dean), Stephen Cleobury (Director of Music), and Stephen Lumsden (Managing Director of the Choir's agency, Intermusica) spoke about the new label and plans for the future.
The assembled company then moved to the Chapel, where Stephen Cleobury showed those present the newly installed recording equipment, so generously funded by former choral scholar Robin Boyle, which will enable in-house recordings and web-casting of the Choir to take place.
Stephen followed his words of thanks to Robin by conducting the first public performance of John Rutter's carol in the presence of the composer.
This double CD will be available in the shops and online from this Monday, 22 October. You can also find it in the new online Shop at King's, where you can pre-order it.