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A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

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Choir of King's College, Cambridge Kevin Leighton / King's College Cambridge

Hosted by Michael Barone, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a live stereo music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England.

The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music at 9 a.m. Central / 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on December 24, 2016 simultaneously on the Choral Stream and on Classical Minnesota Public Radio. There will be an encore broadcast on Classical MPR at 7 p.m. Central / 8 p.m. Eastern.

You will be able to listen at this link:

Listen (9 a.m. & 7 p.m. CST Dec. 24, 2016)

You can download the full details of the festival liturgy and follow along with this PDF of the Service Program Booklet (if you're having trouble with that link, try clicking here).

Commissioned Carol 2016

This year's new carol, commissioned by King's for this service, is by Michael Berkeley. A recording of This Endernight is available to pre-order through the Apple iTunes store and will be released immediately following the broadcast on Christmas Eve. Purchases support the Choir's future performing, touring and recording activities. Pre-order through Apple iTunes.

Related Links

2016 Service Program Book

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

About the King's College Choir

History of the service

King's College Chapel website

Go behind the scenes at King's College Chapel

The Chapel Foundation's website

Give Your Child a Voice, Become a Chorister

King's Chapel Harrison & Harrison pipe organ website

In the queue at King's College

This year's national broadcast of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is made possible by generous support from the Hognander Family Foundation.

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"Carols from King's" DVD (60th Anniversary Edition) and "Favourite Carols from King's" CD. APM photo
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Choristers of the Choir of King's College, Cambridge Kevin Leighton / King's College Cambridge
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Choir of King's College, Cambridge Keven Leighton / King's College Cambridge
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King's College crested scarf is a traditional wool scarf in the college colors, approximately 72" (180 cm) in length, with the college crest embroidered on one end. It is manufactured in Ryder & Amies' own workroom. courtesy Ryder & Amies
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King's College, Cambridge Tom Williamson
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King's College Wikimedia Commons