Manx student says strength of tradition makes singing at King’s College Cambridge special at Christmas

In an annual tradition that spans over a century, a Manx student, Tom Pickard, expresses the unique significance of singing carols for TV and radio broadcasts at King’s College, Cambridge during Christmas.

Image showing Manx student says strength of tradition makes singing at King's College Cambridge special at Christmas

This marks Tom Pickard’s eighth consecutive Christmas participating in the services at King’s College. The institution has been broadcasting Christmas services for more than a century, making it a cherished and enduring tradition.

The highlight of the festivities is the “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols,” broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 at 3 p.m. Additionally, “Carols from King’s” will be featured on BBC Two at 6:30 p.m., adding a visual element to the celebration.

Tom Pickard acknowledges the special nature of being part of this longstanding tradition, emphasizing the strength and depth of the legacy that comes with singing carols at King’s College, Cambridge. The broadcasts not only resonate locally but reach a wider audience, contributing to the festive spirit for people across the nation.

As Christmas approaches, the timeless tradition of carol singing at King’s College continues to bring joy and a sense of connection, fostering a celebration that has become an integral part of the holiday season for many.