King's College, Cambridge  :  1954
directed by Boris Ord


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First lesson read by the senior chorister, R.L. Strickland followed by the choir singing 'Up good Christian folk and listen'  arr. G.R. Woodward

The first radio broadcast of the service was in 1928 and this extract is taken from the first TV broadcast  in 1954 which was shortened to six lessons.  
There are two points of historical interest to be seen in the broadcast; the choristers don’t wear the distinctive Eton collars and the original high altar with reredos can be seen which was ripped out to accommodate the Ruben's triptych.

In a 2006 joint interview with Messrs Willcocks, Ledger and Cleobury. the latter mentions he's seen clips of this 1954 broadcast.  David Willcocks knew nothing of its existence and stated that he hoped one day it would be made available by the BBC for viewing.  His wish came true!

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