Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Broadcasts of Beautiful Music

A musician first, quilter second, this post is an addendum to my new Facebook Page: Musical Advent Calendar 2013. Here are two listening opportunities for the computer savvy. One is from my Alma mater, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and the other is from King's College, Cambridge, England.


On WWFM, The Classical Network: An Evening of Readings and Carols presented by Westminster Choir College of Rider University at the Princeton University Chapel

 TODAY:  Monday December 23, 2013 at 8 pm &
Christmas Day, 2013 at 4 pm


A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Cover of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols booklet 2013
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is the Christmas Eve service held in King's College Chapel. The Festival was introduced in 1918 to bring a more imaginative approach to worship. It was first broadcast in 1928 and is now broadcast to millions of people around the world.
The service includes carols and readings from the Bible. The opening carol is always 'Once in Royal David's City', and there is always a new, specially commissioned carol.
Download the 2013 service booklet

You can download the 2013 Carols from King's service booklet, but please be aware that service may not have been broadcast in its entirety due to time restrictions, and may not have been in the order printed due to film editing.

Listening to the service

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 on 24 December at 3pm (10:00 EST or 07:00 PST). The service is also broadcast at 2pm on Radio 3 on Christmas Day, and at various times on the BBC World Service.
In the United States the service is broadcast by around 300 radio stations, including American Public Media and its affiliates (Minnesota Public Radio and WNYC-New York, for example). Unfortunately there is no list of radio stations that are broadcasting the service, so it's best to contact your local stations or check their online listings.


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