The choristers were seen parading into King’s College Chapel in Cambridge as they returned for the start of the university term. The boys looked pleased to be back singing together for the first time in six months after they were fitted for their new cassocks in the Antechapel.
The choir was founded in the 15th century and is one of the best-known choral groups in the world. Every Christmas Eve millions of people across the globe tune into the service, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which has been broadcast almost every year by the BBC since 1928. Usually members of the public can attend the service, but this year due to the coronavirus pandemic this will not be allowed.
Stephen Cherry, Dean of Chapel, said in a statement: “One feature of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols which is especially important to the College has always been the participation of local people and members of the public in the service as members of the congregation. We regret to say that as we plan during the Covid-19 pandemic we are not able, at this stage, to extend the invitation to attend to people beyond the College. We are sorry to disappoint those who were thinking that they might like to attend this year. We hope that you will be able to enjoy the broadcast and be with us in spirit.”