CBS Travel News Editor Peter Greenberg puts together a holiday round up every year of the best Holiday festivals and events around the world. Here’s an excerpt from the piece I wrote for him on the world famous holiday concert at Kings College, Cambridge University, England ever year. Visit his website to read more.
Dozens of people crowd inside King’s College Chapel, but it’s so silent that if you dropped a pin on the 15th century stone floor, you’d hear it land. With a quick nod from the choir director, a young boy’s soprano voice soars up to the high vaulted ceiling, solo-singing the first verse of “Once in a Royal David’s City.” Thus begins A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, a world-renowned holiday concert at King’s College, Cambridge University, England.
Every Christmas Eve since 1918, the King’s College men and boys’ choir—30 voices and two accompanying organists—sing nine carols in between Bible readings. This Christmas, the choir will sing Gabriel Jackson’s commissioned version of G. K. Chesterton’s “The Christ Child Sat on Mary’s Lap.”
The rich blend of male voices will melt the heart of even the most Scrooge-like characters. Concert seats open to the public are first come first serve, and people typically begin queuing outside King’s College Chapel before 9 a.m….