Advent Carol Service 2012 - Trinity College Chapel

30 Nov 2012
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The 2013 Advent Carol Service can be found here:
Video as webcast live on Sunday 25 November 2012 from Trinity College Chapel (
Click below to skip to specific musical items within the service:
Prelude on Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen (Brahms) [0:00]
The Advent Matins Responsory (Richard Marlow) [3:12]
Creator of the stars of night (Plainsong) [7:35]
Hymn: Of the Father's heart begotten (arr Willcocks) [10:28]
Hymn: Come, thou Redeemer of the earth (arr Willcocks) [16:27]
There is no rose (Anon arr Stevens) [22:37]
Hymn: O come, O come, Emmanuel (arr Willcocks) [25:35]
Salve Regina (Poulenc) [31:57]
O Emmanuel (Ešenvalds) [36:34]
Hymn: On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry (arr Ledger) [41:16]
Wachet auf! (Nicolai arr Bach) [46:12]
E'en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come (Paul Manz) [51:56]
Hymn: Come, thou long-expected Jesus [54:27]
Benedicamus Domino (Warlock) [56:55]
Hymn: Lo, he comes with clouds descending [1:00:29]
Puer natus est (Plainsong) [1:05:46]
Brich an, o schönes Morgenlicht (Bach) [1:06:58]
Organ voluntary: Dieu parmi nous (Messiaen) [1:08:06]
Trinity College Choir
Conductor: Stephen Layton
Organ Scholars: Jeremy Cole and Eleanor Kornas
For more information about the choir, please visit

  • At the end....Bach then Messiaen... fantastic!

    Robert StephensRobert StephensVor 15 Tage
  • This is another beautiful event that could inspire some great miniature dollhouses with matching English choral singer 👨‍🎤 doll sets.

    Romy IlanoRomy IlanoVor Monat
  • Why anyone found it necessary to take perfectly valid hymns and change the words is beyond me! I'd like to blame it on old boomers, but I am one of many of them who aren't buying it! Changing things, just so you can say that you've changed something, must cease!!!

    Brook EgglestonBrook EgglestonVor 11 Monate
  • Lovely music...sorry, but too many women.

    Thomas RedmanThomas RedmanVor year
  • Who gives this beautiful music a "thumbs down"?

    Brian PetersonBrian PetersonVor year
  • What an outstanding service and it was really enjoyable. It is a real pity that awful volintary was played at the end. It is just dreadful and all I can equate it to is noise!!

    lacase111lacase111Vor year
    • @Brook Eggleston Many Happy returns and every good Wish for 2019. I will give your suggestion a try and see how I get on.

      lacase111lacase111Vor 11 Monate
    • Messiaeh can be jolting, if you've never heard his music! Try turning the volume down a bit, and listen to the piece a couple of times. Once you experienced it a few times, (let yourself have a break between hearings) I think you'll find it's not nearly as objectionable as it first was! My mentor studied with Messiaen in Paris. The man was a genius. Not all acts of genius are, at first, easy to listen to. Give yourself a chance to hear the picture he paints!!! A Happy Christmas to you, and all possible blessings!!! 🔥💜🔥

      Brook EgglestonBrook EgglestonVor 11 Monate
  • Those Anglicans sure know how to sing a hymn.

    Alexandra CoeAlexandra CoeVor year
    • I know!I'm a roman catholic and I wished the choirs sounded like that and even dressed like that

      Christopher GodfreyChristopher GodfreyVor 2 Monate
  • When Sharia Law comes can kiss all this bloody goodbye....

    Mike MannersMike MannersVor year
    • Nah -- we'll be like the Whos of Whoville.

      KA FleuryKA FleuryVor year
  • That horrible organpiece at the end ruïns the entire service as does the clapping!

    Bjorn DehaeseBjorn DehaeseVor 2 years
  • A very welcome reminder of the real reason for this season..thankyou wonderful voices!!!!!

    Hilary FHilary FVor 2 years
  • Who's been messing with the words of Of the Father's Love Begotten Why can't people just leave things alone.

    David TrigueiroDavid TrigueiroVor 2 years
    • The words are not original. It was Latin. Every translation is another window to God

      John CampbellJohn CampbellVor 12 Tage
    • @Brook Eggleston I totally agree with you. They have many reasons for changing original words, most of which are BS.

      affenschwanz64affenschwanz64Vor 11 Monate
    • @affenschwanz64 Changing things, for the sake of change only, must stop. There was nothing wrong with the original words of the hymn!!! 🔥💜🔥

      Brook EgglestonBrook EgglestonVor 11 Monate
    • Agreed on the words, but what a beautiful arrangement.

      affenschwanz64affenschwanz64Vor year
  • What in the hell happens at 1:09:25? Did somebody slip LSD to the organist? or did a large rat get loose in the key mechanism? Ortherwise WONDERFUL!

    Ranger WhoopRanger WhoopVor 4 years
    • @artyzach So, I'm *not* the only one!!! Messiaen can be jarring for those unexposed to him. However, that doesn't account for the many ridiculous comments following this video. People need to give new things a chance, whether it be food, drink, music, or anything else!!! A Happy Christmas, and blessings to you!!! 🔥💜🔥

      Brook EgglestonBrook EgglestonVor 11 Monate
    • It's just Messiaen. I actually like this particular organ piece of Messiaen's... it's probably the only piece I know that suits advent/christmas, and the only piece that I developed a liking to. XD

      artyzachartyzachVor 2 years
    • +Ranger Whoop just another organist psycho. Organist + Messiaen = exit music.

      j jayj jayVor 3 years
  • Cracking choice of music, brilliantly sung. The arrangement of Lo he comes is a bit fussy for my taste, and needed to slow right down to fit in the double descant, but everything is splendid - congratulations to Mr Layton, the organists and the choir.

    thankcrunchiefridaythankcrunchiefridayVor 4 years
  • that seems very catholic !!!

    bastien delaniaubastien delaniauVor 4 years
    • Indeed, but that is of fairly recent practice in Anglicanism starting from around the mid-Victorian times. Nowadays this high church liturgy is too Catholic for many (most?) Protestants and too Protestant for the ultra trad/fright-wing, Francis hating sub-set of Catholics. I find it is perfect as is.

      John MorrisonJohn MorrisonVor year
    • it's 'high church', as opposed to 'low church'

      Alexandra CoeAlexandra CoeVor year
    • There's Roman Catholic and Anglican Catholic. The only real difference is that we don't have a Pope.

      Bruce OhlendorfBruce OhlendorfVor 3 years
    • It's Trinity Cambridge how they have always done it. Founded by Henry VIII in 1546,

      Model Railway ElectronicsModel Railway ElectronicsVor 3 years
    • +Henry Miller I was taught growing up that we are catholic and protestant and free! Furthermore, in the creed we affirm that we believe in the "holy catholic church" so you can fold it five ways and I'll leave the rest to your imagination. I hate hairsplitters.

      cvryder2000cvryder2000Vor 4 years
  • Beautiful singing. It's a shame the chapel is so underwhelming compared with Kings or St John's.

    Knappa22Knappa22Vor 5 years
  • I love that the choir is mixed. I understand that Kings College sticks to the all-male tradition? :(

    blackappleseedblackappleseedVor 5 years
    • I love them both!!!

      Brook EgglestonBrook EgglestonVor 11 Monate
  • Gorgeous soprano voice in the Magnificat!

    David WilsonDavid WilsonVor 5 years
  • Absolutely wonderful service--that postlude at the end signals to me: GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER BECAUSE THE MESSIAH'S COMING!!!

    Charity DellCharity DellVor 5 years
    • Yes, and is she pissed!!!

      Shawn HamptonShawn HamptonVor 5 years
  • Of all the services of this season of the year my very favourite is the Advent Carol service. I attend this service in an 800 year old Cathedral which adds to the atmosphere of praise and worship Each year we are transported from winter darkness to simple candle light to remind us the Light of the world will return.

    Val CaseyVal CaseyVor 5 years
    • +Val Casey Can one covet another's spiritual opportunities? I think that I do.

      Aristo TelianAristo TelianVor 4 years
  • I rather enjoy hearing the music at Trinity any time of the year. After all, I did spend five years in that chapel under the direction of Marlow. An interesting note... I too, several years after Layton, was a chorister at Winchester in my youth... That cathedral is by far my most favourite place to sing for the soaring space and the extraordinary acoustics. Thank you, Trinity, for posting this programme. -JPS

    SirraccoSirraccoVor 5 years
  • I began watching this video on Christmas Day (yesterday) and have kept it going! Such a lovely, sober celebration in honour of Christ the King! Thanks, TrinityCollegeChoir!

    Marcia SmithMarcia SmithVor 6 years
  • Extraordinary celebration!!!!!

    adamsendler388adamsendler388Vor 6 years
  • Why is it taking so long for DEkeys videos to load up today? This one started out fine, but began freezing up after about five minutes. It also keeps going from very blurry to very sharp,

    al1936fulal1936fulVor 6 years
  • Thank you for posting this. It's so easy for Advent to get lost in the sea of secular, pre-Christmas consumerism. Such beautiful music puts me right back into the spirit of listening to God and waiting for the coming of Christ with joyful expectation.

    RanMouri82RanMouri82Vor 6 years
  • Advent carols are the starry gems that often get overlooked by the public for the more generic carols this time of year, but to me these sacred carols come closest to the true meaning of Christmas.

    cellofingerscellofingersVor 6 years
  • As to the prelude/postlude question...I had an organ professor in college who would insert her postludes just prior to the recessional hymn. She had a captive audience. They wouldn't dare talk or leave before singing the last hymn. She felt if she spent the time preparing a postlude it shouldn't be used to facilitate yakking -- my words, not hers. It worked at her church. She was a consummate organist. I've heard postludes at other churches where I couldn't reach the nearest exit fast enough :-)

    kraftprkraftprVor 6 years
  • Is he using an I-Pad to conduct from????? I love it!!!

    choirboyfromhell1choirboyfromhell1Vor 6 years
  • good gravy, what an uber wealthy American chapel, must be American.

    Randal OultonRandal OultonVor 6 years
    • Nope. Cambridge, England.

      Sarah WalkerSarah WalkerVor year
  • That's not the point of that part of the liturgy.

    GraceToastGraceToastVor 6 years
  • It's really inappropriate for people to act as if the processional and recessional are performances. They are meant to facilitate movement: into the time of prayer, and out into the world. They are not meant to glorify the organ, the performance, or the organist, even if Thomas Handel is playing.

    GraceToastGraceToastVor 6 years
  • I am blessed to be part of a congregation in Boston where it is the tradition, encouraged in the bulletin, that people sit quietly during both the recessional and the prelude, both played on the organ. It's Church of the Covenant and our wonderful organist is Thomas Handel. The only exceptions that I know are weddings.

    BartokfriendBartokfriendVor 6 years
  • The descant in the last verse of 'Lo he comes' is insane - I love it!

    djhootendjhootenVor 6 years
  • one of best advent carol service!!!

    kang shin-wookang shin-wooVor 7 years
  • Amen!

    Lukasz SzaferaLukasz SzaferaVor 7 years
  • It's the fate of a recessional!

    Nigel WilkinsonNigel WilkinsonVor 7 years
  • I find it sad that people did not give the organ the same quiet attention as they did the choir.

    BartokfriendBartokfriendVor 7 years
  • Thank you. You put me in your debt.

    Ted MorganTed MorganVor 7 years
  • Odd choice of recessional for an organ like Trinity's.

    Nigel WilkinsonNigel WilkinsonVor 7 years
  • Beautiful! Many thanks for posting!

    Kim NguyenKim NguyenVor 7 years