The Story of Nine Lessons and Carols | Regent Records REGDVD004

The Story of Nine Lessons and Carols


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Label: Regent Records

Cat No: REGDVD004

Format: DVD + CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 4th December 2015



Jeremy Summerly (presenter)
Luke Bond (organ)
Truro Cathedral Choir


Christopher Gray


Jeremy Summerly (presenter)
Luke Bond (organ)
Truro Cathedral Choir


Christopher Gray


Since its birth in Truro in 1880, Bishop Bensonís Nine Lessons service has travelled all over the world, not least due to the annual broadcast from Kingís College, Cambridge on Christmas Eve. With this release, we trace the story of the service from the first Nine Lessons service on Christmas eve in 1880 as it has developed in Truro.

There is an audio-only CD recording of the reconstruction of the first 1880 service, a documentary about the history of the service in Truro, presented by Jeremy Summerly, and a full DVD Video recording of the Nine Lessons service as it took place on 23rd December 2014 in Truro Cathedral.

This is the first DVD by Truro Cathedral Choir, and the first choral DVD on the Regent Records label. The present day Truro Nine Lessons service strives to be, as it was for Benson in 1880, an act of worship that truly engages the people of Cornwall with the Christmas story. Capturing this spirit, and documenting Truroís part in the history of Nine Lessons will add a new dimension to the way Bensonís service is experienced in the twenty-first century.


The complete 2014 Truro Nine lessons and Carols Service filmed live on 23rd December 2014
Carols sung by Truro Cathedral Choir:
- I wonder as I wander (Philip Stopford)
- The truth from above (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
- What sweeter music (John Rutter)
- The Salutation Carol (Russell Pascoe: premiere recording)
- There is no rose (John Joubert)
- Quem pastores (arr. Nigel Short)
- In the bleak midwinter (Harold Darke)
- I saw three ships (arr. Philip Marshall)

Congegational Carols:
- Once in royal David's city
- Of the Fatherís heart begotten
- O little town of Bethlehem
- O come, all ye faithful
- Hark, the herald-angels sing

Organ Voluntaries:
- In dulci jubilo BWV 729 (Johann Sebastian Bach)
- Vom Himmel hoch (Garth Edmunson)

DVD Extra features:
- Documentary ĎThe Story of Nine Lessons and Carolsí
Presented by Jeremy Summerly, charting the history of the Nine Lessons and Carols from its inception in 1880 by the first Bishop of Truro, EdwardWhite Benson, to the present day in Truro Cathedral.
- Interviews with former Directors of Music at Truro Cathedral David Briggs, Andrew Nethsingha and Robert Sharpe

Audio recording of the reconstruction of the first Nine Lessons with Carols Festal Service for Christmas Eve, 1880
Carols sung by Truro Cathedral Choir:
- The Lord at first had Adam make
- Good Christian men, rejoice
- The First Nowell
- For unto us a child is born (Handel)
- Bethlehem of noblest cities
- There were shepherd abiding in the field/Glory to God (Handel)
- O come, all ye faithful (as sung in Truro, 1880)
- Once again, O blessed time
- Hallelujah (Handel)

Organ Voluntary: Sonata No.3 in A major (1st movement) (Mendelssohn)


Kingís College, Cambridge made the service of Nine Lessons and Carols famous, but it started at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall. This special package tells the story. A half-hour DVD documentary explains how Edward White Benson, the Cathedralís first Bishop, initially conceived the Nine Lessons format, and how the original 1880 service was reconstructed for the CD recording that is also included. The DVD also features an unobtrusively filmed record of Truroís 2014 service, including readings, prayers and congregational sections. A treasurable insight into the development of a quintessentially English tradition.  Terry Blain
BBC Music Magazine Christmas 2016

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