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Classical Notes: December 24, 2009 Archive

Once in Royal David's City...

Posted at 9:18 AM on December 24, 2009 by Alison Young (3 Comments)
Filed under: Musician stories, Programs

For 90 years, this simple carol has opened A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College in Cambridge, England.

Our broadcast host Michael Barone told me that the boy choristers all learn the first solo verse and don't know who will sing it until the conductor Stephen Cleobury points to the lucky one right before he has to sing!

It's an exciting moment and a beautiful service. We carry the Festival live this morning and repeat it tonight at 5:00 - Don't miss this Christmas Eve tradition of word and music!

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