'Nine Lessons and Carols' Broadcast from King's College Chapel
  King's College, Cambridge  
Annual Radio Broadcast @ WETA 90.9 FM

See the details for the 2014 Service here


A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is the Christmas Eve service held in King's College Chapel. The Festival was introduced in 1918 to bring a more imaginative approach to worship. It was first broadcast in 1928 and is now broadcast to millions of people around the world.

The service includes carols and readings from the Bible. The opening carol is always 'Once in Royal David's City', and there is always a new, specially commissioned carol: this year's is by Scottish composer Thea Musgrave with text by William Blake. The 2013 Service Booklet is available for viewing.

Listening to the Service in the UK: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 on 24 December at 3pm (10:00 EST or 07:00 PST). The service is also broadcast at 2pm on Radio 3 on Christmas Day, and at various times on the BBC World Service.  

Listening to the Service in WASHINGTON DC: In Washington DC, the service will be broadcast live by WETA 90.9 FM on Tuesday December 4 at 10AM. WETA 90.9 has a link to a web-broadcast of their radio station on the top of their webpage. 

Listening to the Service in other parts of the US: The service will also be broadcast by other radio stations around the country, including American Public Media and its affiliates. Here are just a few such stations that we have found in other parts of the US that will be broadcasting the service:

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols  


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Event Information
Tuesday, Dec 24 2013 at 10:00am -
Wednesday, Dec 25 2013 at 11:00pm [ iCal ]
King's College, Cambridge

Cambridge, CB2 1ST United Kingdom