Our annual traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols took place in the last week of term and was a wonderful start to the heart of Christmas celebrations. Familiar Bible readings were beautifully read by students from Year 9 to Upper Sixth as well as staff, an Old Girl and Mrs Dougall, interspersed with carols sung by the Chapel Choir and the whole congregation. We were treated to old favourites and virtuoso performances of less familiar material such as Jacques Cohen’s Bell Carol and Elgar’s The Snow, the spine-tingling qualities of which were skilfully enhanced by Lauren (L6F) and Anisha’s (10L) violin accompaniment. The atmospheric service in our candlelit chapel was enjoyed by all and followed by seasonal refreshments kindly provided by the Parents’ Association afterwards.
Revd Elizabeth Birch
Head Chorister Jessica Ferguson opened the service with a haunting solo verse of Once in Royal David’s City and the service then followed its traditional alternation of readings, congregational carols and choral items. Chapel Choir reprised two of the works they had sung in the Sheldonian Theatre on Sunday evening along with Elgar’s The Snow (featuring violinists Lauren, L6F and Anisha. 10L), Peter Warlock’s Bethlehem Down and David Willcocks’ uplifting arrangement of the Sussex Carol, all performed with great musicality and poise. Mulled wine and mince pies were served afterwards and it was wonderful to see so many Chapel Choir alumnae in the congregation.