Today I was one of the lucky ones, as I got to go, with the husband, to the recording of "Carols from King's", which will be shown on BBC2 on Christmas Eve -- and which is quite like, but not identical to, the "Nine Lessons and Carols" broadcast live on the radio on the same day. (The schedules are here.)
I am not a paid up Anglican, but even stony hearted, irreligious me, finds this quite extraordinary -- both for the music and for the setting (which gets increasingly more "moody" as the lights go down (as above)).
On that setting, we had quite a few chats this afternoon about the Rubens' painting inserted above the Chapel altar in the early 70s, at the cost of considerable mucking around with the fabric - all vividly detailed in a chapter of Gavin Stamp's book Anti-Ugly.
The general consensus this afternoon among those I was talking to was that it actually looked pretty good, but that we would never have ripped out what had to be ripped out to put it in (and actually it was never ever a triptych so far as I know, as it pretends to be here).
Anyway, this was the sixtieth anniversary of the television broadcasts, so a bit special. And it will get a bit more razzmatazz in the schedules this Christmas, with a documentary on the whole tradition of the service, and a re-showing of the very first broadcast from 1954 (which must have appeared exactly a week before I was born, I ruefully reflected).