Christmas with Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
The world-renowned Choir of King’s College, Cambridge will host a special carol evening concert in Prescot Parish Church on Sunday 3rd December.
Christmas with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is a major coup for Prescot and will be the final event taking place as part of another year of exciting and captivating cultural events and activities.
The festive performance will be led by the Choir’s Director of Music, Daniel Hyde, and the audience will be treated to Christmas music and traditional carols as well as the opportunity to join in and sing along with some well-known tunes.
Hosting the Choir in Prescot is a fitting celebration of the town’s unique bond with King’s College, Cambridge. Founded by Henry VI, the college was granted his land in Prescot, which made King’s College the Lord of the Manor and Rectory of Prescot. To this day, King’s College is responsible for appointing every new vicar of Prescot, and the town shares the College’s crest.
The concert was originally planned to take place in 2022 as part of Knowsley’s year as Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture.
A limited number of tickets will be on sale here on Monday 13 November at 5pm.
This short film with Prescot’s Community Curators explains more about the intriguing history.
The History of Prescot and Kings College Cambridge
For centuries, Prescot and King’s College, Cambridge have enjoyed a special connection, with a unique shared history dating back to the 1440s.
Kings College, Cambridge was founded by Henry VI who subsequently granted the College his land in Prescot, along with the income from tithes and rents. As well as providing financial support to the College, the gift also officially made the College the Lord of the Manor and Rectory of Prescot. The Court Leet, an early form of local government, was set up to run the town on their behalf. King’s College holds the title to this day retaining the responsibility for appointing every new vicar of Prescot, and the town shares the College’s crest.
Hundreds of years of records and correspondence between the College, the vicars of Prescot and the Court Leet have captured the story of the town. This bank of knowledge has been invaluable to historians’ research and supported the development of the Shakespeare North Playhouse.
About the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Founded in the fifteenth century, the Choir is one of the world’s best known with millions of people worldwide tuning in to The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols – a service broadcast on Christmas Eve by the BBC since 1928. The Choir is made up of 16 choristers aged between 9 and 13 years old and 14 undergraduates from the University of Cambridge. You can find out more here www.kings.cam.ac.uk/choir.