Advent Carol Service 2012 - Trinity College Chapel

  • Published on Nov 30, 2012
  • The 2013 Advent Carol Service can be found here:
    Video as webcast live on Sunday 25 November 2012 from Trinity College Chapel (
    Click below to skip to specific musical items within the service:
    Prelude on Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen (Brahms) [0:00]
    The Advent Matins Responsory (Richard Marlow) [3:12]
    Creator of the stars of night (Plainsong) [7:35]
    Hymn: Of the Father's heart begotten (arr Willcocks) [10:28]
    Hymn: Come, thou Redeemer of the earth (arr Willcocks) [16:27]
    There is no rose (Anon arr Stevens) [22:37]
    Hymn: O come, O come, Emmanuel (arr Willcocks) [25:35]
    Salve Regina (Poulenc) [31:57]
    O Emmanuel (Ešenvalds) [36:34]
    Hymn: On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry (arr Ledger) [41:16]
    Wachet auf! (Nicolai arr Bach) [46:12]
    E'en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come (Paul Manz) [51:56]
    Hymn: Come, thou long-expected Jesus [54:27]
    Benedicamus Domino (Warlock) [56:55]
    Hymn: Lo, he comes with clouds descending [1:00:29]
    Puer natus est (Plainsong) [1:05:46]
    Brich an, o schönes Morgenlicht (Bach) [1:06:58]
    Organ voluntary: Dieu parmi nous (Messiaen) [1:08:06]
    Trinity College Choir
    Conductor: Stephen Layton
    Organ Scholars: Jeremy Cole and Eleanor Kornas
    For more information about the choir, please visit
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Comments • 63

  • Robert Stephens
    Robert Stephens Month ago +2

    At the end....Bach then Messiaen... fantastic!

  • Romy Ilano
    Romy Ilano 2 months ago

    This is another beautiful event that could inspire some great miniature dollhouses with matching English choral singer 👨‍🎤 doll sets.

  • Brook Eggleston
    Brook Eggleston Year ago +2

    Why anyone found it necessary to take perfectly valid hymns and change the words is beyond me! I'd like to blame it on old boomers, but I am one of many of them who aren't buying it! Changing things, just so you can say that you've changed something, must cease!!!

  • Thomas Redman
    Thomas Redman Year ago

    Lovely music...sorry, but too many women.

  • Brian Peterson
    Brian Peterson Year ago +2

    Who gives this beautiful music a "thumbs down"?

  • lacase111
    lacase111 Year ago +1

    What an outstanding service and it was really enjoyable. It is a real pity that awful volintary was played at the end. It is just dreadful and all I can equate it to is noise!!

    • lacase111
      lacase111 Year ago

      @Brook Eggleston Many Happy returns and every good Wish for 2019. I will give your suggestion a try and see how I get on.

    • Brook Eggleston
      Brook Eggleston Year ago

      Messiaeh can be jolting, if you've never heard his music! Try turning the volume down a bit, and listen to the piece a couple of times. Once you experienced it a few times, (let yourself have a break between hearings) I think you'll find it's not nearly as objectionable as it first was! My mentor studied with Messiaen in Paris. The man was a genius. Not all acts of genius are, at first, easy to listen to. Give yourself a chance to hear the picture he paints!!!
      A Happy Christmas to you, and all possible blessings!!!

  • Alyx Coe
    Alyx Coe Year ago +3

    Those Anglicans sure know how to sing a hymn.

    • Christopher Godfrey
      Christopher Godfrey 3 months ago

      I know!I'm a roman catholic and I wished the choirs sounded like that and even dressed like that

  • Mike Manners
    Mike Manners Year ago

    When Sharia Law comes can kiss all this bloody goodbye....

    • KA Fleury
      KA Fleury Year ago

      Nah -- we'll be like the Whos of Whoville.

  • Bjorn Dehaese
    Bjorn Dehaese 2 years ago +1

    That horrible organpiece at the end ruïns the entire service as does the clapping!

  • Hilary F
    Hilary F 2 years ago +3

    A very welcome reminder of the real reason for this season..thankyou wonderful voices!!!!!

  • David Trigueiro
    David Trigueiro 2 years ago +3

    Who's been messing with the words of Of the Father's Love Begotten Why can't people just leave things alone.

    • John Campbell
      John Campbell Month ago

      The words are not original. It was Latin. Every translation is another window to God

    • affenschwanz64
      affenschwanz64 Year ago

      @Brook Eggleston I totally agree with you. They have many reasons for changing original words, most of which are BS.

    • Brook Eggleston
      Brook Eggleston Year ago +1

      @affenschwanz64 Changing things, for the sake of change only, must stop. There was nothing wrong with the original words of the hymn!!!

    • affenschwanz64
      affenschwanz64 Year ago +1

      Agreed on the words, but what a beautiful arrangement.

  • Ranger Whoop
    Ranger Whoop 4 years ago +2

    What in the hell happens at 1:09:25? Did somebody slip LSD to the organist? or did a large rat get loose in the key mechanism? Ortherwise WONDERFUL!

    • Brook Eggleston
      Brook Eggleston Year ago

      @artyzach So, I'm *not* the only one!!! Messiaen can be jarring for those unexposed to him. However, that doesn't account for the many ridiculous comments following this video. People need to give new things a chance, whether it be food, drink, music, or anything else!!!
      A Happy Christmas, and blessings to you!!!

    • artyzach
      artyzach 2 years ago +1

      It's just Messiaen. I actually like this particular organ piece of Messiaen's... it's probably the only piece I know that suits advent/christmas, and the only piece that I developed a liking to. XD

    • j jay
      j jay 4 years ago +2

      +Ranger Whoop just another organist psycho. Organist + Messiaen = exit music.

  • thankcrunchiefriday
    thankcrunchiefriday 4 years ago +1

    Cracking choice of music, brilliantly sung.
    The arrangement of Lo he comes is a bit fussy for my taste, and needed to slow right down to fit in the double descant, but everything is splendid - congratulations to Mr Layton, the organists and the choir.

  • bastien delaniau
    bastien delaniau 4 years ago +6

    that seems very catholic !!!

    • John Morrison
      John Morrison Year ago +1

      Indeed, but that is of fairly recent practice in Anglicanism starting from around the mid-Victorian times. Nowadays this high church liturgy is too Catholic for many (most?) Protestants and too Protestant for the ultra trad/fright-wing, Francis hating sub-set of Catholics. I find it is perfect as is.

    • Alyx Coe
      Alyx Coe Year ago +1

      it's 'high church', as opposed to 'low church'

    • Bruce Ohlendorf
      Bruce Ohlendorf 3 years ago +3

      There's Roman Catholic and Anglican Catholic. The only real difference is that we don't have a Pope.

    • Model Railway Electronics
      Model Railway Electronics 3 years ago +3

      It's Trinity Cambridge how they have always done it. Founded by Henry VIII in 1546,

    • cvryder2000
      cvryder2000 4 years ago +4

      +Henry Miller I was taught growing up that we are catholic and protestant and free! Furthermore, in the creed we affirm that we believe in the "holy catholic church" so you can fold it five ways and I'll leave the rest to your imagination. I hate hairsplitters.

  • Knappa22
    Knappa22 5 years ago +1

    Beautiful singing. It's a shame the chapel is so underwhelming compared with Kings or St John's.

  • blackappleseed
    blackappleseed 5 years ago +2

    I love that the choir is mixed. I understand that Kings College sticks to the all-male tradition? :(

  • David Wilson
    David Wilson 5 years ago +4

    Gorgeous soprano voice in the Magnificat!

  • Charity Dell
    Charity Dell 5 years ago +6

    Absolutely wonderful service--that postlude at the end signals to me:

  • Val Casey
    Val Casey 5 years ago +18

    Of all the services of this season of the year my very favourite is the Advent Carol service. I attend this service in an 800 year old Cathedral which adds to the atmosphere of praise and worship Each year we are transported from winter darkness to simple candle light to remind us the Light of the world will return.

    • Aristo Telian
      Aristo Telian 4 years ago +1

      +Val Casey Can one covet another's spiritual opportunities? I think that I do.

  • Sirracco
    Sirracco 6 years ago +1

    I rather enjoy hearing the music at Trinity any time of the year. After all, I did spend five years in that chapel under the direction of Marlow. An interesting note... I too, several years after Layton, was a chorister at Winchester in my youth... That cathedral is by far my most favourite place to sing for the soaring space and the extraordinary acoustics. Thank you, Trinity, for posting this programme. -JPS

  • Marcia Smith
    Marcia Smith 6 years ago +1

    I began watching this video on Christmas Day (yesterday) and have kept it going! Such a lovely, sober celebration in honour of Christ the King! Thanks, TrinityCollegeChoir!

  • adamsendler388
    adamsendler388 6 years ago +1

    Extraordinary celebration!!!!!

  • al1936ful
    al1936ful 6 years ago +1

    Why is it taking so long for TheXvid videos to load up today?
    This one started out fine, but began freezing up after about five minutes.
    It also keeps going from very blurry to very sharp,

  • RanMouri82
    RanMouri82 6 years ago +31

    Thank you for posting this. It's so easy for Advent to get lost in the sea of secular, pre-Christmas consumerism. Such beautiful music puts me right back into the spirit of listening to God and waiting for the coming of Christ with joyful expectation.

  • cellofingers
    cellofingers 6 years ago +26

    Advent carols are the starry gems that often get overlooked by the public for the more generic carols this time of year, but to me these sacred carols come closest to the true meaning of Christmas.

  • kraftpr
    kraftpr 6 years ago +6

    As to the prelude/postlude question...I had an organ professor in college who would insert her postludes just prior to the recessional hymn. She had a captive audience. They wouldn't dare talk or leave before singing the last hymn. She felt if she spent the time preparing a postlude it shouldn't be used to facilitate yakking -- my words, not hers. It worked at her church. She was a consummate organist. I've heard postludes at other churches where I couldn't reach the nearest exit fast enough :-)

  • choirboyfromhell1
    choirboyfromhell1 6 years ago +1

    Is he using an I-Pad to conduct from????? I love it!!!

  • Randal Oulton
    Randal Oulton 6 years ago

    good gravy, what an uber wealthy American chapel, must be American.

  • GraceToast
    GraceToast 6 years ago

    That's not the point of that part of the liturgy.

  • GraceToast
    GraceToast 6 years ago +3

    It's really inappropriate for people to act as if the processional and recessional are performances. They are meant to facilitate movement: into the time of prayer, and out into the world. They are not meant to glorify the organ, the performance, or the organist, even if Thomas Handel is playing.

  • Bartokfriend
    Bartokfriend 6 years ago +3

    I am blessed to be part of a congregation in Boston where it is the tradition, encouraged in the bulletin, that people sit quietly during both the recessional and the prelude, both played on the organ. It's Church of the Covenant and our wonderful organist is Thomas Handel.
    The only exceptions that I know are weddings.

  • djhooten
    djhooten 6 years ago +2

    The descant in the last verse of 'Lo he comes' is insane - I love it!

  • kang shin-woo
    kang shin-woo 7 years ago +3

    one of best advent carol service!!!

  • Lukasz Szafera
    Lukasz Szafera 7 years ago +1


  • Nigel Wilkinson
    Nigel Wilkinson 7 years ago +1

    It's the fate of a recessional!

  • Bartokfriend
    Bartokfriend 7 years ago +2

    I find it sad that people did not give the organ the same quiet attention as they did the choir.

  • Ted Morgan
    Ted Morgan 7 years ago +1

    Thank you. You put me in your debt.

  • Nigel Wilkinson
    Nigel Wilkinson 7 years ago +1

    Odd choice of recessional for an organ like Trinity's.

  • Kim Nguyen
    Kim Nguyen 7 years ago +1

    Beautiful! Many thanks for posting!