Christmas favorite, Carols From King’s, was put at risk after choir members caught coronavirus.
The positive test forced the adult choristers at King’s College Cambridge to self-isolate two days before the service was taped by the BBC on Sunday.
Luckily, help from the world-famous King’s Singers was on hand, who joined the chorus-singers for the recording as planned – albeit from a safe distance away.
Reverend Stephen Cherry, Dean of King’s College, said the choir has been preparing for the broadcast for months while following strict security protocols, which makes it particularly disappointing that adult choral scholars were unable to attend. to participate.
He added: “We are all extremely grateful to the King’s Singers for stepping up at the last minute. They showed great goodwill and absolute professionalism. Our young choristers have also responded very positively and with real maturity to the many challenges encountered in reinventing the program, and together they have enabled us to provide a wonderful Christmas service in an extraordinarily short time.
“In a year when so many people will be spending Christmas in a way unlike any other in living memory, we were determined to do everything possible to provide a meaningful and beautiful Christmas service.
“We are thrilled with the result of the remarkable efforts of so many people at King’s and the BBC, and we look forward to sharing Carols From King’s with viewers across the country.”
The two choristers with positive test results reportedly suffered only “mild symptoms” and, along with the choristers who are in administrative segregation, received social and pastoral support from King’s College.
The Six King’s Singers were founded by choir singers from King’s College in 1968 and have won countless international awards, including a Grammy.
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Alan Holland, executive producer at the BBC, said: “Carols From King’s is the cornerstone of the BBC’s Christmas programming and we are delighted that The King’s Singers were able to join us. It is a testament to the dedication and determination of the musicians and crews at King’s College and the BBC that significant changes were successfully made in such a short time frame.
Carols From King’s will air on BBC Two at 5.30pm on Christmas Eve. A service order will be available for download from King’s College starting Friday, December 18 for those who wish to follow it alongside the show.