1,200 young people took part in 80th anniversary of local Christmas tradition

Exactly 80 years ago, and just a few months into the Second World War, families in Cambridgeshire started to take in children who were being evacuated from London to protect them from the worst effects of German bombing. As Christmas drew near, the London Educational Authority sent a special request to King’s College, Cambridge, asking if they could host a carol service for young people who had been separated from their parents and their homes. The College agreed, and every year since it has run a Service of Lessons and Carols for children.

Today, the event is provided in partnership with Cambridgeshire Music for young people all over Cambridgeshire. This December, more than 1,200 young people took part in the 80th anniversary service. Students from Secondary Schools and Special schools across the county are invited to the event, and since 2017, the College has also run a separate, shorter concert for primary school children, to which a selection of schools from different parts of Cambridgeshire are invited to send pupils each year.

The Service is an informal concert that gives young people a chance to hear and take part in Christmas readings, sing with the Choir, and to step inside one of Britain’s most famous landmarks – the Chapel itself – from where the Choir’s singing will be broadcast to listeners around the world on Christmas Eve. It is also a chance for young people who might want to join one of Cambridge’s many choirs to find out what it is like to sing and tour with perhaps the most famous example of all.

For more information about King’s College Choir visit the College website: Information about the annual King’s College Carol Service can be found on the Cambridgeshire Music website here: