290 - The King's Singers - Saving Christmas Eve
As described in a previous blog the Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols is a highlight of Christmas all over the world. There are always carols on TV later on Christmas Eve, but these are not, as many think, live from the service. They are filmed earlier in December, and this year they nearly came completely unstuck due to two of the choral scholars testing positive for Covid - 19. It looked as if the annual tradition was going to be broken. However Daniel Hyde, the choirmaster had an inspiration - call in the King's Singers. Created in the mid 60's from then choral scholars of the King's Choir this ensemble of two counter tenors, tenors, two baritones and bass has been the world's leading a cappella group ever since. On the fourth generation of members they maintain the core King's disciplines of perfect intonation and musicianship combined with the ability to sight-read anything. They arrived at King's College Chapel a few minutes before the filming was due to begin and delivered as usual a flawless performance. Carols from King's on Christmas Eve was saved.
King's Singers sing O Holy Night here
King's Singers Christmas song watch here
KIng's College Choir sings Warlock's Bethlehem Down here