The King’s community joins together tonight to celebrate Christmas with a 100 voice choir.
Sunday 4th December 7.30pm – Futter Hall
2016 THE KING'S SCHOOL SINCE 1831
Photo: Ben Addison â€“ Soloist 2015
Welcome Christmastide is a season for rejoicing, for celebrating the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. In this annual service, we celebrate by way of singing carols and reading scripture. It is a service with a distinct and glorious history that goes back a century to King’s College, Cambridge. First held on Christmas Eve 1918, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was planned by Eric MilnerWhite, who, at the age of 34, had just been appointed Dean of King’s after experience as an army chaplain. This experience had convinced him that the Church of England needed more imaginative worship. At the time, the choir included sixteen trebles as laid down in King Henry VI’s statutes, and until 1927 the men’s voices were provided partly by Choral Scholars and partly by older Lay Clerks, and not, as now in current practice at Cambridge, by fourteen undergraduates. Here at The King’s School, we rejoice in having over 100 boys willing to sing in four-part harmony and continue the tradition in a service of Seven Lessons and Carols. As has been common practice since 1919, ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ is always the opening carol, with the first verse traditionally sung by a boy treble. At Cambridge, the selected boy treble would be given 30 minutes’ notice by the Master of the Choristers, but fortunately
here, we have at least given 10 days’ notice to the chosen boy who opens the service. Keeping with tradition, the backbone of the service, the lessons and the prayers, has remained virtually unchanged. We also provide a range of choral selections which includes music by 2 British composers, John Rutter (1945–) and Kenneth Hesketh (1968–), 3 Americans - husband and wife duo Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne Baker (who wrote Do You Hear What I Hear as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis), and John Wyatt Burson (1937–), and the Italian Baroque composer, Antonio Vivaldi (1678– 1741). As well, the descants and many of the carol harmonisations have been composed by the British choral master, Sir David Willcocks (1919–2015). I do hope that the music and readings uplift you, as we celebrate the Nativity and what it means for the world in which we live. May God bless you and keep you this Christmas, and through the New Year.
B N Walmsley Director of Music
The Order of Service
Mr C Wagstaff
Once in Royal David’s City Soloist: Nicholas Horne SOLO
Music: H J Gauntlett Words: C F Alexander Descant Arr: D Willcocks
1. Once in Royal David’s city Stood a lowly cattle shed, Where a mother laid her baby In a manger for his bed: Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ her little Child.
4. For he is our childhood’s pattern, Day by day like us he grew, He was little, weak and helpless, Tears and smiles like us he knew; And he feeleth for our sadness, And he shareth in out gladness.
2. He came down to earth from heaven Who is God and Lord of all, And his shelter was a stable, And his cradle was a stall; With the poor, and mean, and lowly, Lived on earth our Saviour holy.
5. And our eyes at last shall see him, Through his own redeeming love, For that child so dear and gentle Is our Lord in heaven above; And he leads his children on To the place where he is gone.
3. And through all his wondrous childhood He would honour and obey, Love, and watch the lowly maiden, In whose gentle arms he lay; Christian children all must be Mild, obedient, good as he.
6. Not in that poor lowly stable, With the oxen standing by, We shall see him; But in heaven, Set at God’s right hand on high; When like stars his children crowned All in white shall wait around.
Please be seated
The Bidding Prayer
Rev S Edwards
O Come, O Come Emmanuel ALL
Plainsong melody (15th cent.) Harm: J H Arnold ALL
3. O come, O key of David, come, and open wide our heavenly home; make safe the way that leads on high and close the path to misery. Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.
4. O come, O branch of Jesse, free Your own from Satan’s tyranny; From depths of hell your people save And give them victory o’er the grave. Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.
1. O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel. 2. O come, O come, great Lord of Might Who to the tribes, on Sinai’s height In ancient times did give the law In cloud and majesty and awe. Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.
5. O come, O dayspring, come and cheer our spirits by your advent here; disperse the gloomy clouds of night and death’s dark shadows put to flight. Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.
*Solo Only Verses 2 & 4. Congregation to join ALL REFRAINS. Please be seated
Carol of the Children
Lesson 2 Christ’s Birth and Kingdom are foretold by Isaiah CHOIR Gallery Carol Please stand
J Rutter Mr R Chandler
The First Nowell ALL
1. The first Nowell the angel did say Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; In fields where they lay, keeping their sheep, On a cold winter’s night that was so deep: Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Born is the King of Israel! 2. They looked up and saw a star, Shining in the east, beyond them far; And to the earth it gave great light, And so it continued both day and night: Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Born is the King of Israel!
English Traditional Carol Arr: D Willcocks CHOIR*
3. And by the light of that same star, Three wise men came from country far; To seek for a king was their intent, And to follow the star wherever it went: Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Born is the King of Israel!
4. This star drew nigh to the north-west; O’er Bethlehem it took its rest, And there it did both stop and stay Right over the place where Jesus lay: Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Born is the King of Israel! 5. Then enter’d in those wise men three, Full rev’rently upon their knee, And offer’d there in his presence Their gold and myrrh and frankincense: Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Born is the King of Israel! 6. Then let us all with one accord Sing praises to our heav’nly Lord, That hath made heav’n and earth of naught, And with his blood mankind hath bought: Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Born is the King of Israel!
*Choir Only Verses 2 – 5. Congregation to join ALL REFRAINS. Please be seated
Lesson 3 Angel Gabriel salutes the Blessed Virgin, Mary
SEMI Do You Hear What I Hear? CHOIR
N Regney & G Shayne
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing ALL
1. Hark! the herald angels sing Glory to the newborn King; Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled: Joyful all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies, with th’angelic host proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem”. Hark! the herald angels sing Glory to the new born King.
F Mendelssohn Words: C Wesley, T Whitefield, M Madan et al Descant & organ part by D Willcocks ALL
2. Christ, by highest heav’n adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord, late in time behold Him come, offspring of a virgin’s womb: Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail th’incarnate Deity! Pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel. Hark! the herald angels sing Glory to the new born King.
3. Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all he brings, Risen with healing in His wings; Mild He lays his glory by, born that man no more may die, born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth. Hark! the herald angels sing Glory to the new born King.
Please be seated
St Luke tells of Christ’s birth
Mrs J Hawkes
I saw three ships Traditional CHOIR Please stand
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
English Traditional Carol Arr: D Willcocks
1. God rest you merry, gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay, For Jesus Christ our Saviour Was born upon this day, To save us all from Satan’s pow’r When we were gone astray: O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy.
ALL 3. The shepherds at those tidings
2. From God our Heav’nly Father A blessed angel came, And unto certain shepherds Brought tidings of the same, How that in Bethlehem was born The Son of God by name: O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy.
ALL 4. But when to Bethlehem they came,
Rejoiced much in mind, And left their flocks a-feeding In tempest, storm and wind, And went to Bethlehem straightaway This blessed babe to find; O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy. Whereat this infant lay, They found him in a manger, Where oxen feed on hay; His mother Mary kneeling, Unto the Lord did pray: O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy.
5. Now to the Lord sing praises, All you within this place, And with true love and brotherhood Each other now embrace: This holy tide of Christmas All others doth deface: O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy.
Please be seated
Lesson 5 The Shepherds go to the Manger Please stand
Dr A Parry
While Shepherds watched their flocks by night
Later form of melody from Este’s Psalter (1592) Tune: Winchester Old
1. While shepherds watched their flocks by night, all seated on the ground, the angel of the Lord came down and glory shone around.
2. “Fear not”, said he (for mighty dread had seized their troubled mind), “Glad tidings of great joy I bring to you and all mankind.”
SOLO 3. “To you in David’s town this day is born of David’s line a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord; and this shall be the sign:
ALL 4. “The heavenly Babe you there shall find to human view displayed, all meanly wrapped in swaddling clothes and in a manger laid.”
5. “All glory be to God on high, and to the world be peace; Goodwill henceforth from heaven to earth begin and never cease.”
Please be seated
Lesson 6 The Wise Men are led by the star to Jesus
O Come, All Ye Faithful
Arr: David Willcocks
1. O come, all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem; Come and behold him Born the King of Angels; O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!
ALL 3. See how the shepherds,
2. God of God, Light of Light, Lo! He abhors not the Virgin’s womb; Very God, Begotten, not created: O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!
ALL 4. Lo! star-led chieftains,
5. Child, for us sinners Poor and in the manger, Fain we embrace thee, with awe and love; Who would not love thee, Loving us so dearly? O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord! Please remain standing
Summoned to his cradle, Leaving their flocks, draw nigh with lowly fear; We too will thither Bend our joyful footsteps: O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord! Magi, Christ adoring, Offer him incense, gold and myrrh; We to the Christ Child Bring our hearts’ oblations: O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!
ALL 6. Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation, Sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above; Glory to God In the highest: O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!
Please remain standing
Lesson 7 St John Unfolds the Great Mystery of the Incarnation
Dr T Hawkes
Please be seated
Shout the Tidings
Words: J P Williams Music: J W Burson
Prayers and Blessing
Rev S Edwards
Joy to the World! ALL
L Mason Based on G F Handel Arr: J Rutter Words: I Watts
1. Joy to the world! the Lord is come: Let earth receive her King; Let ev’ry heart prepare him room, And heav’n and nature sing, And heav’n and nature sing, And heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.
ALL 2. Joy to the world! the Saviour reigns:
Let men, their songs employ, While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.
3. He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove The glories of his righteousness, And wonders of his love, And wonders of his love, And wonders, wonders of his love.
Mr C Wagstaff
Senior Choir Ben Addison Cyrus Anderson Giles Anderson Anthony Barraket Reilly Berchi Jake Bullen-Zorin Wilson Chen Jason Chhoeu Cameron Chisholm Joshua Coppolelli Keaghan Davey-Webb Sadiv De Silva Kevin Dong Johnny Doumit Ronan Duraisamy Thomas Elton Bruce Feng Ashish George Zac George William Giang Matthew Gillis Christopher Goh Willem Gribble
Kavin Gunashanhar Ravindu Gunasinghe Jerry Han Justin He Archer Holz Mack Holz James Hong Nicholas Horne Jim Huang Bryan Jacob Kalen James Thivakar Jeyaseelan Joshua Kamaragoda Revan Kamaragoda Matthew Kearney Zain Khan Killian Kretzschmar Michael Lee Vincent Lee Timothy Li Winston Li Edison Liang Anthony Lu
Calvin Lu Lucas Lun Geoffrey Luo Max Ma Ben MacLeod Martin Madrid Owen Mak Sam McKay Jim Mera Nicholas Morley Christopher Navaratnam Lachlan Nye Luke Oslington Akilan Rajan Dinesh Ratnam Samuel Rider Jamie Robinson Christopher Rothwell Fletcher Scott Jeremy Selamet Ishaan Senathi Gaari Shah-Brittain
Sunstone Shi Karman Singh Alexander Siu Kavin Sivanathan Maaran Srithar Lyal Stanford Yang Tao Mitchell Thomas Zachary Thompson Kenneth Tong Yoshua Tsang Peter Turner Ryan Turner Justin Wang Kris Ward Henry Wertheimer Patrick Xie Andrew Xue Christopher Yao Brandon Yoo Kimble Zhang Leo Zhang William Zhang
Instrumentalists Organ Mr C Wagstaff Piano Ms J Brimo
Percussion Mr L Thatcher Joshua Wehbe Trumpet Mr P Beverley
Choir Soloists Ashish George Nicholas Horne Lachlan Nye Kris Ward
Acknowledgements Conductor Mr B Walmsley
Chaplain Rev S Edwards
Programme Design Mr J Walmsley
Co-Choral Director Mrs K Walmsley
Choir Staff Miss J Kojevnikov Mr M Powys
Special Thanks Mrs C Dean Mrs S Hart Ms G Kovacs Mr M Kelly Mrs A Cornwall
Event Production Management Mr J Walmsley
Sound & Lighting Mr J Walmsley
All Carols in this programme are printed with permission under CCL Number 236122. Copyright © 2016 The King’s School. All Rights Resered.
The Headmaster and Staff of The Kingâ€™s School wish you a very Happy and Holy Christmas