Advent Carol Service and Record Review on BBC Radio 3

Posted on: 26 November 2018

The Choir processing in to St John’s College Chapel

The Choir featured twice on BBC Radio 3 this weekend.

This year’s Advent Carol Service, which took place last Saturday, was broadcast on Sunday 2nd December at 3pm.

The service is available to listen to live here (as well as on FM Radio) and will be available for a month following the broadcast.

Advent Live our most recent release on the ‘St John’s Cambridge’ record label – featured in the new releases section of ‘Record Review’ with Jeremy Summerly on Saturday 1st December. The album features a selection of live recordings of the Advent Carol Services from 2014-2017.

The Advent Carol Services at St John’s have been broadcast annually by the BBC since 1981. New works have been commissioned for the service every year since 2008, and this year’s is A prayer to St John the Baptist by Cecilia McDowall.

If you would like to follow the Order of Service whilst listening to the broadcast, this is available as an attachment below.

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11 November 2018


  • Responses and Preces: Leighton
  • Psalm 89 vv. 20-30
  • Berkeley: Chichester Service
  • Vaughan Williams: Lord, thou hast been our refuge
  • Hymns 373, 439
  • Preacher: The Rev'd Lucy Winkett
Choral singing comes no better

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer