From the opening notes of the familiar Christmas hymn, a musical carol tradition going back over a hundred years begins. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was made famous by the chapel choir of King’s College, Cambridge, England, and heard by millions around the world through their annual broadcast. But the service had humble beginnings at Cornwall’s Truro Cathedral back in 1880.
The story of Jesus’ birth is told through nine biblical readings, beginning with the fall of humankind, continuing with the prophets of Israel, and culminating with the story of that night so long ago. Each lesson is followed by a carol or hymn highlighting the reading, some sung by the Cathedral Choirs, and some with the congregation joining in.
At Trinity Cathedral, we have been presenting the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols for over twenty-five years. We invite you to join us for this beautiful and simple service, with music by the Cathedral Choir, Cathedral Choristers, and guests from the Sacramento Children’s Chorus. We will hear music by Michael Praetorius, David Willcocks, Francis Poulenc, Gustav Holst, and more! The Cathedral Choir is conducted by Canon David Link, Director of Music/Organist & Choirmaster, and the Choristers are led by Ms Kamilyn Davis.
The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will take place on Saturday, December 17th at 7:30 pm. Trinity Cathedral is located at 2620 Capitol Avenue at 27th Street in midtown Sacramento. A reception will follow in the Great Hall.