The Choir releases a new Christmas CD and DVD

Favourite Carols from King's CD cover

Carols from King's DVD cover

King's College Choir has just released a new CD and DVD of Christmas music.

The CD Favourite Carols from King’s is a collection of the most popular carols featured in A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols over the years. Highlights include 'Once in Royal David’s City' with the opening verse sung by treble Adam Banwell, 'In the Bleak Midwinter' with the solo performed by bass Hugo Herman-Wilson, and 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing'. The tracks were all recorded this year and provide a survey of the King’s Christmas tradition and a snapshot of the choir as it is today.

The DVD is a recording of the Carols from King’s service, 2013. Carols from King’s is a cornerstone of the BBC’s Christmas programming output, traditionally shown on television on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The service includes favourite carols and lessons in the spectacular setting of King’s College Chapel. It is available for the first time on DVD, and comes with a booklet with notes in English, French and German, and a reproduction of the original service booklet with carol texts.

You can buy both releases from The Shop at King's, where proceeds will help fund the Chapel and Choir:

2014 marks the 60th anniversary of Carols from King’s. To mark the occasion, on Christmas Eve the BBC will broadcast a 60-minute documentary on the history of the service, immediately preceding the 2014 service. It will also broadcast a restored version of the first 'Carols from King’s', which was recorded in 1954 with Boris Ord conducting.

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7 November 2014