‘Twas the season for Carol Services

Happy New Year!  Looking back its obvious that my blogging came to a sudden stop with all the end of term events, Carol Services and things to get finished before the holidays. 

I was sent this picture of the some of the Medics choir and orchestra  playing at the School of Medicine Carol Service. This is always a great Medics community event. It takes place by candlelight in our local Church, Holy Trinity on Prince Consort Road, with readings by academic and admin staff as well as students, great singing, mulled wine and mince pies, and with recently qualified doctors coming back to see old friends and the Medics Rowing Club standing at the back. Medical students Choir and Orchestra

A few days later we were back in Holy Trinity for the College Carol Service with excellent music by the Imperial College Chamber. During the planning of the service Jess Gillingwater, the Chamber Choir Musical Director, sent me links to the music. So if you are interested in Christmas choral music enjoy! Makes me feel – just for a day – like an Anglican Oxbridge College Chaplain presiding over glorious choral settings of evensong every night of the week.

Britten Hymn to the Virgin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDasMabwX5s&feature=related 

Howells A Spotless Rose: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JJP43Qj4AQ 

ElgarThe Snow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1T5SxYs_iQ&feature=related?

Gardner The Holy and the Ivy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3-FYRzucz8 (very poor recording!)

For those who like their Christmas music to come less formally wrapped the student Gospel Choir sang at the Christian Union Carol Service and at their own Christmas Concert – also in Holy Trinity.

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