At 3.00 pm on Christmas Eve, millions of listeners around the world will tune in to the live radio relay of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge.
In this lecture, Jeremy Summerly reverently and enthusiastically celebrates the centenary of the world’s most famous carol service and, with the help of live musical examples from the St Luke’s Carollers, he traces the early history of this Christmas spectacular.
Jeremy is the Sterndale Bennett Lecturer in Music at the Royal Academy of Music. He also chairs the Academy's Continuing Professional Development Programme.
He has delivered the annual Christmas carol service at Gresham College since 2014. In 2019, he was made Visiting Professor of Music History.
Professor Summerly's lecture series are as follows:
2019/20 Making Music
All lectures by the Visiting Professor of Music History can be accessed here.