Review: Christmas Carol Service

The Christmas Carol services are always a highlight of the Michaelmas Term. 

There is a sense of celebration as we head to a well-deserved holiday, but also a deep spiritual and musical experience which touches the soul.

This year, there were four Christmas Carol services in order to accommodate significant numbers of congregation and one perhaps might have expected the Choir to show signs of fatigue by the final service – not a bit of it.  They sparkled from start to finish with consummate professionalism, technical proficiency and admirable musicianship led from the front by our outstanding new Choirmaster Mr Alex Hodgkinson.

The choice of repertoire was delightful with music from the 16th century to the 20th century.  This Little Babe by Benjamin Britten was particularly apt in his centenary year.  One unknown gem was the carol My Lord Has Come with words and music by Will Todd, but in the end there were so many highlights it’s difficult to single out any one moment.

Ian Crabbe was his usual brilliant self at the organ and the performance was further enhanced by some dazzling brass playing. As I left the Chapel I sensed that I had witnessed something truly special in a performance of real distinction.

Philip Dukes
Artistic Director

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