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A Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols 2019 [no label, 1CD]

King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, UK; December 24, 2019. Very good BBC broadcast.

Thanks to the uploader at Dime.


For millions listening on radio and online around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from the candlelit Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas. It is based around nine Bible readings which tell the story of the loving purposes of God. They are interspersed with carols old and new, sung by the world-famous chapel choir who also lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns. This year the Festival is conducted by King’s College’s recently appointed Director of Music Daniel Hyde.

Fittingly, this year’s service marks the musical contribution (through their arrangements and descants) of several former Directors of Music, including Sir David Willcocks (born a century ago in 1919), Sir Philip Ledger and Sir Stephen Cleobury, who passed away recently at the age of 70. Sir Stephen’s contributions to the literature feature in several carols and in his descant to Once in Royal David’s City. A descant by John Scott marks the work of Daniel Hyde’s predecessor at his previous post as Director of Music at St Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York.

A new carol has been commissioned for the Christmas Eve service every year since 1983, a tradition begun by Sir Stephen Cleobury. The specially-composed carol for 2019, The Angel Gabriel, is by composer and former Organist and Master of the Music at York Minster, Philip Moore.

Significant twentieth century composer Dame Elizabeth Maconchy features in the service, as well as Reginald Jacques, who collaborated with Sir David Willcocks in the first volume of his famous Carols for Choirs. Jacques, alongside Kenneth Leighton and Sir Henry Walford Davies, all celebrate significant anniversaries in 2019.

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BBC live stream (aac,320kbps/48k) > ffmpeg capture to ts > ffmpeg trim & extract to aac “as advised by Gazdarf”

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro 1:40
Track 102. Once In Royal David’s City (descant Sir Stephen Cleobury) 5:11
Track 103. Bidding Prayer read by the Dean 3:40
Track 104. Sussex Carol (arr. Vaughan Williams) 2:11
Track 105. First lesson: Genesis 3: vv 8-15, 17-19 read by a Chorister 2:46
Track 106. The Truth from Above (Ralph Vaughan Williams/ arr. Christopher Robinson) 2:35
Track 107. Second Lesson: Genesis 22: vv 15-19 read by a Choral Scholar 1:15
Track 108. Angels From The Realms Of Glory (arr. Reginald Jaques) 3:37
Track 109. Ding Dong! Merrily On High (arr. Sir David Willcocks) 2:11
Track 110. Third Lesson: Isaiah 9: vv 2, 6-7 read by a representative of the Cambridge churches 1:05
Track 111. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear (descant John Scott) 4:05
Track 112. O Little Town Of Bethlehem (Sir Henry Walford Davies) 4:48
Track 113. Fourth Lesson: Isaiah 11: 1-4a, 6-9 read by the Chaplain 1:41
Track 114. There Is No Rose (Dame Elizabeth Maconchy) 2:02
Track 115. The Lamb (Sir John Tavener) 3:21
42 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Fifth Lesson: Luke 1: vv 26-35, 38 read by a member of College staff 2:36
Track 202. The Angel Gabriel (2019 commission - Philip Moore) 3:57
Track 203. Joys Seven (arr. Sir Stephen Cleobury) 3:22
Track 204. Sixth Lesson: Luke 2: vv 1-7 read by a representative of the City of Cambridge 1:32
Track 205. Silent Night (arr. Sir Stephen Cleobury) 3:05
Track 206. Candlelight Carol (John Rutter) 4:23
Track 207. Seventh Lesson: Luke 2: vv 8-17 read by the Director of Music 1:31
Track 208. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night 2:56
Track 209. Away In A Manger (arr. Sir Stephen Cleobury) 2:15
Track 210. Eighth Lesson: Matthew 2: vv 1-12 read by the Vice-Provost 2:48
Track 211. Coventry Carol (Kenneth Leighton) 3:07
Track 212. Sir Christemas (William Mathias) 1:38
Track 213. Ninth Lesson: John 1: vv 1-14 read by the Provost 2:10
Track 214. O Come, All Ye Faithful (descant Sir David Willcocks) 7:22
Track 215. Collect and Blessing 1:06
Track 216. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (descant Sir Philip Ledger) 3:36
Track 217. Organ Voluntaries 2:49
- In dulci jubilo (BWV 729) (Bach)
- Final from Symphonie VI (Louis Vierne)
51 mins

Director of Music - Daniel Hyde
Organ Scholar - Donal McCann
Chaplain - The Revd Andrew Hammond
Dean - The Revd Stephen Cherry


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