2018 marked the 100th anniversary of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, the Christmas Eve service held annually at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England. It was first broadcast in 1928 and is nowbroadcast to millions of people around the world. To celebrate this centenary, Skylark Artistic Director Matthew Guard and colleagues at the King’s archive in Cambridge meticulously researched the history of this service and the angelic music that has graced its Christmas broadcasts over thelast century. GRAMMY®-nominated Skylark, “the cream of the Americancrop” (BBC Radio 3), is a premier vocal ensemble of leading American vocal soloists, chamber musicians, and music educators. Skylark’s dramatic performances have been described as “gripping” (The Times of London), “exquisite…thrilling” (Gramophone Magazine), and “awe-inspiring” (Boston Music Intelligencer). With “some of Boston’s best singers” (Boston Globe), the voices of Skylark “can sway you softlyinto calm and then all but throw you across the room with sheer harmonic force” (Thought Catalog). Skylark’s Seven Words from the Cross album was recently nominated for two 2019 GRAMMY®-Awards. Skylark strives to set the standard for innovative and engaging programs that re-define the choral experience for audiences and singers alike. Artistic Director MatthewGuard’s well-researched and creative programs have been described as “engrossing” (WQXR New York) and “original, stimulating, and beautiful” (BBC Radio 3). Skylark’s most recent three recordings all reachedthe top 10 of Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart, earning praisefor “imaginative” programming (Limelight Australia) and “singing ofthe highest standard for any area or any repertoire” (Classics Today).
This event first appeared on EssexCountyCreates.org