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King's College Choir

with Michael Barone

Recorded live at the Cathedral of St. Paul, rebroadcast: December 22, 2005, 7:00 p.m. CT

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The wonderful Choir of King's College has been part of Minnesota Public Radio's holiday broadcasts for more than 25 years. Our first broadcast of their cherished A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols started when international live broadcasting was still experimental. In fact, it was the first trans-continental live broadcast of its kind in history. Over the years, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols has become an annual broadcast tradition that enriches the Christmas holidays for listeners in Minnesota and around the world. Minnesota Public Radio is honored to host the choir's first U.S. tour during the holiday season.

Music
Francis Poulenc: Quatre motets pour le temps de Noel ( “Four Christmas Motets”)
• O magnum mysterium
• Quem vidistis, pastores?
• Videntes stellam
• Hodie Christus natus est

Benjamin Britten: A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
• Procession
• Wolcum Yole!
• There Is No Rose
• That Yonge Child
• Balulalow
• As Dew In Aprille
• This Little Babe
• Interlude
• In Freezing Winter Night
• Spring Carol
• Deo Gracias!
• Recession

Intermission (20 Minutes)

Traditional, Arr. Stephen Cleobury: O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Elizabeth Poston: Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
Judith Weir: Illuminare, Jerusalem
Philip Ledger: A Spotless Rose
Robert Chilcott: The Shepherd's Carol
John Woolrich: Spring in Winter
Anonymous, Arr. David Willcocks: God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols


Director of Music
Stephen Cleobury

Organ Scholars
Tom Winpenny and Oliver Brett

Harp
Alison Nicholls

Choristers
Amschel de Rothschild
Thomas Etheridge
Simon Goldring
Richard Gowers
Benjamin Landman
Samuel Landman
Edward Lilley
Edward Phillips
Maximus Rex
Timothy Round
Alexander Ryan
George Talbot
Charles Tebbutt
George Wood
James Wood
Benedict Williams

Choral Scholars

Alto
David Allsopp
Joseph Adams
Charles Richardson
Benjamin Williamson

Tenor
Timothy Isted
Edward Saklatvala
John McMunn
John Robb
Matthew Farrington

Bass
Peter Foggitt
John Taylor
James Browning
Peter Lindsay
Rupert Reid
Nicholas Morris

About the Performers
Stephen Cleobury
As director of music at King's College, Cambridge and chief conductor of the BBC Singers, Stephen Cleobury is associated with two of Britain's most famous choirs. He has led the Choir of King's College for the past 20 years and the BBC Singers since 1995. Cleobury has also worked with leading symphony orchestras and periodinstrument ensembles across a broad band of repertoire from Gregorian chant to newly composed works. He has particularly championed contemporary music. At King's, Cleobury has commissioned a carol annually for A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, thereby refreshing this great tradition of English Christmas music.

Alison Nicholls
One of the outstanding harpists of her generation, Alison Nicholls has won many national and international awards including first prize at the 1994 World Harp Festival Competition where she was unanimously awarded the Zabaleta Prize and Special Salvi Award. Nicholls attended the Aspen Music School and the Juilliard School in New York. She enjoys a diverse career from solo recitals and concertos to chamber and orchestral appearances.

Choir of King's College, Cambridge
Part of a 600-year-old British choral tradition dating back to the reign of King Henry VI, Choir of King's College is known to many Minnesota Public Radio listeners from our exclusive U.S. broadcast of its signature Christmas Eve performance, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Made up of 16 choristers, 14 choral scholars and two organ scholars, the men and boys of the choir typically perform six days a week at King's College Chapel in Cambridge.