As the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge celebrates its 100th year of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, we look back on the legendary choir’s rich history and bid a fond farewell to its music director Stephen Cleobury.


Howard Blake celebrates his 80th birthday by reminiscing on his musical experiences, and the music that made him who he is today. Also, we explore some of the finest yuletide organ music.

Elsewhere in the issue, Oliver Condy recounts a weekend spent at Finchcocks musical retreat, an experience he likens to a paradise for pianists. Plus, Richard Morrison asks why amateur choirs insist on singing bad pop arrangements, particularly at this time of year. In case you’re looking for stocking fillers, the editorial team review a selection of novels about composers this month, judging both their factual accuracy and the enjoyment of the read.


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