Since 1918 - a month after the Armistice - King's College, Cambridge has celebrated Christmas Eve with "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols." And since 1928 - even during World War II, when the stained glass windows had to be removed for safety - the event has been broadcast live. You can hear the 2014 Festival as it happens on (what for us is ) Wednesday at 9 AM on IPR Classical. The Festival was meant to be innovative, so every year , in addition to old favorites, the choir commissions a new choral piece. Some of these have become modern classics; tune in to find out what they have in store this time! You'll also hear some of the finest seasonal choral music sung by a superb boys' choir and some excellent organ works, including JS Bach's Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch. Stephen Cleobury conducts, as he has every year since 1982.