A Festival of Lessons and Carols 1958 - Kings College Choir, Cambridge, conducted by David Willcocks - Simon Preston, organ
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CMAS-001FL (STEREO) - A Festival of Lessons and Carols 1958 - Kings College Choir, Cambridge, conducted by David Willcocks - Simon Preston, organ - The form of service known as The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols has been sung in King's College Chapel for over 90 years. At Cambridge, it symbolizes the bond between the two Foundations of King Henry VI there and at Eton, the goodwill between the University and City, and peace within the whole Church as well as the joy and worship of all at Christmas. This LP recording , from 1958, was the first made in stereo of this Festival (the first recording was made by the same label, Argo, a Decca imprint, in 1954, with Dr. Boris Ord conducting). The number of Lessons and Carols were reduced to accommodate the length of an LP, but preserves the original character of the Service. The unique timbre of the King's College choir is instantly recognizable and unforgettable. A perfect gift for Christmas, or any time of year.