Christmas in Cambridge: King’s College Christmas Carols

One of the best things to do at Christmas in Cambridge England is to visit the King’s College and enjoy a world famous concert in the fantastic chapel of the college.

Kings College Cambridge Christmas Carols
Kings College Cambridge Christmas Carols

The following Christmas carols videos are not only our favourite for the amazing performances of the many truly festive and joyful Christmas carols like  “God rest you merry gentlemen”, but also for the sights. The sights of the King’s College Chapel, the elegant spacious interior, the high vaults, the painted windows, and not the least the faces of the choir, the dialogues of the choristers in songs.

Every time we take a look at the Christmas carol performances (thanks to youtube users, so easily done), we feel that it blows us away.

Merry Christmas to You All!

Kings College Cambridge 2008 #9 God rest ye Merry, Gentlemen arr David Willcocks

You do not have to be a believer to love these concerts.

O Come, all ye faithful arr. David Willcocks King’s College Cambridge 2009
As one commenter remarked: “It just struck me for the first time — and after years of being a child chorister myself, long ago — those sixteen little boys are holding that descant alone against the choir men, the whole congregation, and that vast organ roaring in the vaulted acoustic space. It sounds like one model of courage itself.”

The Angel Gabriel : Kings College, Cambridge
More from Carols From Kings 2009. The choir sing the beautiful carol The Angel Gabriel.


O Holy Night : Kings College, Cambridge
The choir of Kings College, Cambridge sing John Rutter’s arrangement of Adolphe Adam’s wonderful carol O Holy Night during Carols From Kings 2009.

Silent Night : Kings College, Cambridge
The choir of Kings College, Cambridge sing Stephen Cloebury’s arrangement of the wonderful carol Silent Night during Carols From Kings 2009.

Nativity Carol : Kings College Choir, Cambridge
The Choir of Kings College Chapel, Cambridge sing John Rutter’s Nativity Carol.

We Three Kings Of Orient Are : Kings College, Cambridge
A carol for Epiphany, The choir of Kings College, Cambridge sing We Three Kings Of Orient Are during Carols From Kings 2009.

The Infant King (Sing Lullaby) : Choir of Kings College, Cambridge
The Infant King (Sing Lullaby). The Choir of Kings College Chapel, Cambridge sing the words of Sabine Baring-Gould to a beautiful Basque melody.


In The Bleak Midwinter : Choir of Kings College, Cambridge
The choir of Kings College Chapel, Cambridge sing the lovely Christmas carol, In The Bleak Midwinter. The wonderful words of Christina Georgina Rossetti are sung to a beautiful setting by Gustav Holst.

Kings College Cambridge – Sussex Carol
The Choir of Kings College Chapel sing the traditional Sussex Carol.

Related choir concert videos at the King’s College, Cambridge

Hallelujah – Choir of King’s College, Cambridge live performance of Handel’s Messiah

There Is A Green Hill Far Away – King’s College, Cambridge – Easter hymnal song
The choir of King’s College, Cambridge sing the lovely Easter hymn, There IS A Green Hill Far Away. Mrs Cecil Frances Al­ex­an­der wrote this hymn as she sat up one night with her ser­i­ous­ly sick daugh­ter. Ma­ny times, tra­vel­ing to town to shop, she had passed a small grassy mound, just out­side the old ci­ty wall of Der­ry, Ire­land. It al­ways made her think of Cal­va­ry, and it came to mind as she wrote this hymn. Music by William Horsley

Miserere Mei Deus (Allegri) – King’s College Choir, Cambridge
The Choir of King’s College Cambridge sing a shortened version of Gregorio Allegri’s Miserere Mei Deus

Panis Angelicus – King’s College, Cambridge

The choir of King’s College, Cambridge sing Cesar Franck’s well known setting of Panis Angelicus. This is taken from “Sacris Solemniis”, written by St. Thomas Aquinas before the year 1274. It is the Matins hymn for Corpus Christi, the great feast of the Body of Christ when the Church turns our attention to the great Gift of the Eucharist. Jesus gave us this precious Gift of Himself so that He might always be with us.

My Song Is Love Unknown – King’s College, Cambridge
The choir of King’s College, Cambridge sing My Song Is Love Unknown. The choir are joined by the congregation in singing Samuel Crossman’s words to the beautiful melody “love unknown”

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