The famous chapel choir of The Chapel of Kings College Cambridge, in a celebration of Christmas. BBC TWO Wednesday, 24th December 1997.
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Can new carols compete with the classics?

It is a tradition that the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is broadcast live from the candlelit chapel of King's College in Cambridge on Radio 4 on Christmas Eve.

While the service of readings and music has remained virtually unchanged since it was first held in 1918, in the last 30 years it has always featured a new, specially commissioned carol.

The BBC's Rebecca Jones has been finding out if contemporary carols can compete with the old favourites.

  • 24 Dec 2012