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http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09k6bcd

In case you missed it yesterday, this is the BBC Radio 3's (delayed) broadcast which means it's absolutely complete, unlike the links in Piano Forum that omit the Bach and Dupré organ works at the end. Whether or not you're religious or Christian (I'm neither....), you can just enjoy some wonderful singing and some wonderful music in a wonderful acoustic thumb.

You get to hear Bach's Passion Chorale (at 22:40) and John Tavener's amazing The Lamb (at 37:35) - if you've never heard this carol before, you're in for a treat wink - take it from me that the choir doesn't sing out of tune......


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Will have to listen to it as I was busy playing three Holy Eucharists yesterday. We always listen live on Christmas Eve morning.


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I've often heard of this famous Christmas service, but never actually listened to it… I'm busy around Christmas, the timing is wrong for the BBC broadcast, maybe I've heard snatches from a local radio transmission in progress and didn't realize what it was...

Well, this Christmas, all that changed! I vaguely recalled that sometime during the last year I had picked up a used CD of "Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols." After sunset on the 24th I said "forget it" to all my Christmas Eve preliminary baking-- I was just tired-- I searched around and found that CD, lit candles, turned out the lights, and sat still and listened to the entire recording. Live from Kings College, Cambridge-- nearly 20 years ago! But it still seemed "live" enough to create a special atmosphere. Wonderful.

(All the necessary preparation got done the next day, and (unusually) everybody was running just as late as I was for Christmas dinner!)


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