The Lessons and Carols service was the brainchild of King’s College dean Eric Milner-White, who wanted a service that could unite and inspire people after the horrors of the first world war.
Stephen Cleobury, meanwhile served for 37 years as music director of Kings College Cambridge. 2018 was a challenging final year for Stephen Cleobury, in March he was knocked over by a cyclist (a very Cambridge accident) and fractured his skull. Happily, after a short layoff, he was back leading the choir. Then, in December, opera singer Lesley Garrett directed a broadside against King’s all-male choir (it is made up of 16 boy choristers and 14 male undergraduate choral scholars), calling it a “throwback to a bygone age” and demanding that girls be allowed in, leading to a lively debate.
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