About the Choir

Founded in the fifteenth century, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is the pre-eminent representative of the British church music tradition. It is most famous for singing A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, the Christmas Eve service that the BBC has broadcast since 1928.

The Choir exists primarily to sing daily services in King’s College Chapel. But its worldwide fame and reputation, enhanced by its many recordings, has led to invitations to perform around the globe.

A full history of the Choir, from the foundation of the College by King Henry VI in 1441 through to the present day.
Today the Choir comprises 16 boy choristers, aged between 9 and 13, and 14 male undergraduates, reading for degrees in a variety of subjects.
Daniel Hyde
From the Director of Music to the vocal coaches, there is ample support available to help our Choirs improve their craft.
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Find out the various ways you can listen to the Choir - whether in person, online, or through our many recordings.

Choir News

Sir Stephen Cleobury

Sir Stephen Cleobury (1948–2019)

It is with great sadness that King’s College has learned of the death of Sir Stephen Cleobury. Stephen died in his hometown of York last night, 22 November, after a long illness.

Dr Philip Moore

King's commissions a new carol for Christmas Eve

The composer for the new Christmas Eve carol has been announced.

Nine Lessons and Carols CD case

Record label releases Christmas centenary recording

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: The Centenary Service – a commemorative album released on the College's own record label.