20 Dec Christmas Music from King’s – King’s College Choir
The King’s College Choir was created by King Henry VI who founded King’s College, Cambridge in 1441. The choir was to provide daily singing in his Chapel and remains the main task of the choir to this day. This musical tradition continues to bring transcendent worship and some of the most beautiful choral music to us centuries later.
Conducted by Sir David Wilcocks, this collection brings largely unfamiliar tunes to the listener. From early mass settings by Tomas Luis De Victoria, William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons we find music that draws us up to God rather than trying to musically coax God to come down to us. As the recording progresses, we find more modern choral settings from Benjamin Britten and Lennox Berkeley. From 1965, this is a truly lovely recording completely unhindered by instruments, arrangements or intrusive technology. The human voice, the first instrument of worship, is captured here in a truly special way.