One of the most beloved traditions of the holiday season is the Festival of Lessons and Carols, a service made famous at King’s College in Cambridge, England. The Festival tells the Christmas story in words and music, and is presented all over the world in many languages and variations.
Tune in for A Rochester Festival of Lessons and Carols recorded at Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York under the direction of organist/choirmaster Peter DuBois, who is known to public radio listeners across the country as the host of With Heart and Voice.
The one-hour program will consist of the traditional readings that were selected by King’s College Dean Eric Milner White in 1918, and music by Herbert Howells, Franz Biebl, Roland Martin, John Tavener and Jonathan Dove.
Third Presbyterian’s Chancel Choir is recognized for its performance of English Church Music. In 2001 the group served as choir-in-residence at the Rochester Cathedral in Kent, England, singing the daily service of Evensong. And in August 2005, they were selected as choir-in-residence at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The choir includes both professional and talented amateur singers, drawing on the rich talent of the Eastman School of Music, the local musical community, and the congregation of Third Presbyterian.
A Rochester Festival of Lessons and Carols airs Tuesday, December 19 at noon and Sunday, December 24 at 11:00pm.