The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge performs 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing'

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The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge performs 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing'

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When choirmasters and choral experts voted for the 50 greatest Christmas carols in our December 2008 issue, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing! came in at 14, loved universally for its uplifting melody.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing! was based on a 1739 carol by Charles Wesley which began ‘Hark! how all the welkin rings, Glory to the King of Kings.’ The melody came from Mendelssohn’s cantata, Festgesang an die Künstler, written to commemorate 400 years since Johannes Gutenberg’s history of the printing press. British singer William Hayman Cummings put the two together in 1855 to create the version we know and love today.

Enjoy The Choir of King's College, Cambridge and Stephen Cleobury's performance of this festive favourite, which comes from a disc that critic Terry Blain says will 'warm the senses as mulled wine warms the palate.'

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