The Three Kings by Peter Cornelius, performed by the choir of King’s College, Cambridge in 2014

Have I a favourite carol? Well, there is a plethora of well-loved ones, but I have a soft spot for “Three Kings from Persian lands afar”, set by Peter Cornelius. It is a unison item and can be sung as such by any choir, but often it is done as a solo for baritone with organ. Stewart Macrae’s rendering of it were memorable, and since his departure (he is still in St Mary’s Haddington) it has been entrusted to me. So I guess I’m biased!

This post, by Ainslie, is part of our online “Advent calendar”, taking us through to Christmas. You can see all the posts here.

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