Christmas Carol Service

We are delighted to be able to return to Winchester Cathedral for our annual Carol Service, featuring student and staff performers, on Monday 6th December at 7.30pm. All are welcome and entrance is free.

This year's retiring collection will be in aid of The Winchester Beacon. The Winchester Beacon (Winchester Churches’ Nightshelter) has been providing vital and safe accommodation to people experiencing homelessness in Hampshire for over 30 years.

We would like to thank The Symondians Association for their support.

Music before the Service

Prelude on ‘Adeste fideles’, Sumsion 1899-1995, Organ
Away in a Manger, Leslie Condon, Brass
In dulci jubilo, Sowerby, Organ 
Joy in Bethlehem, Leslie Condon, Brass

Order of Service

Once in Royal David's City, Congregational Carol
Soloist Dhanya Ebenezer

Welcome, Bidding Prayer and Lord's Prayer
The Right Reverend Bishop David of Basingstoke 

Reading, The Prophet foretells the coming of the Saviour’​​​​​​
Isaiah 9; 2. Read by Japheth Harris, SU President

I Sing of a Maiden, Vocal Ensemble
Patrick Hadley

Reading, ‘The Angel Gabriel brings the good news to Mary’​​​​​​
Luke I; 26-33. Read by Chloe Robertson

Joy to the World, Staff Choir
Lowell Mason

Unto us is born a Son, Congregational Carol

Reading, Jesus is born in Bethlehem’​​​​​​
Luke 2; 1-7. Read by Max Tilden

The Coventry Carol, Vocal Ensemble
From the Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors (15th century)
Solo trio: Elena Strachan, Dhanya Ebenezer, Daniel Simojoki

O little town of Bethlehem, Congregational Carol

Reading, ‘The Angel tells of the birth of Jesus to the Shepherds’
Luke 2; 8-20. Read by Claire Stuart

‘Balulalow’ from The Ceremony of Carols, Vocal Ensemble
Benjamin Britten
Solo: Evelyn Byford

Tomorrow shall be my Dancing day, Kelso Choir
David Willcocks
Solo: Verity Sawbridge

It came upon the midnight clear, Congregational Carol

'There is no Rose’ and ‘This Little Babe’ from The Ceremony of Carols, Vocal Ensemble
Benjamin Britten

Reading, ‘The wise men’
Matthew 2; 1-12. Read by Maisey Rowles

Hosanna, College Choir
Kirk Franklin, arr. RP

O come, all ye faithful, Congregational Carol
Descant: David Willcocks

Reading, ‘St John unfolds the mystery of the Incarnation’
St. John 1; 1-14, Sara Russell, Principal

Prayers and Blessing
Revd Mary Copping, College Chaplain

Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Congregational Carol
Mendelssohn (Descant: David Willcocks)

Toccata on Vom Himmel hoch, Organ Voluntary
Garth Edmundson

Musical Directors

Rachel Platt, Head of Music
Julian Poore, Head of Brass


Organist: Claudia Grinnell

Piano: Samantha Carrasco, Head of Keyboard

College Brass: David Aspin, Vivien Canadine, Alexander De Silva, Louis Everdell, Michael Gale, Daniel Ginn, Rachel Gravenstede, Ben Hillier-Pafford, Felix Lailey, Chiron Leather, Alexander Lidster, Martin Lloyd, Jessica Macey, Freya Mackay Blake, Pinar Okur, Daniel Perceval, Rosie Selby, Billy Smith

Vocal Ensemble: SOPRANO: Imogen Butler, Evelyn Byford, Verity Sawbridge, Elena Strachan; ALTO: Dhanya Ebenezer, Emilia Irvine; BASS: Theo Joly, Daniel Simojoki, William Swinnerton

Kelso Choir: Louisa Broad, Imogen Butler, Evelyn Byford, Vivien Canadine, Maya Chakraborty, Adam Cooper-Gillespie, Hannah Crowdy, Huba Csermely, Freya Dunn, Dhanya Ebenezer, Eloise Gleave, Scarlett Grig, Tim Handley, Fred Harris, Elizabeth Hart, Emilia Irvine, Theo Joly, Matthew Jones, Felix Lailey, Grace Lane, Alexander Lidster, Wendy Lloyd, Beatrice Mesney, Ella Michell, Zosia Pilsworth, Verity Sawbridge, Sarah Shelley, Daniel Simojoki, Elena Strachan, Oskar Szczepanski