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Special Chapel Services

If you have any quries about this, or any service, please email the Chapel Clerk or phone on (01223) 338676.

Advent Carol Service

Advent Carol Service

The Advent Carol Services with be held on Saturday 24 November 2018 at 6.00pm and Sunday 25 November 2018 at 3.00pm.  The Sunday service will be recorded by BBC Radio 3 and broadcast on Advent Sunday (2 December 2018) at 3.00pm.

The pattern of the Advent service, in its four sections, reflects the season’s growing anticipation, both of the first coming of Christ and of that Day when the prayer ‘Thy Kingdom come’ is finally and fully answered.

Entrance to this Service is by ticket only.

Application for Tickets to this Service will open in Mid October.

Tickets for these services are free, however priority will be given to members of the College.

We very much regret that, following a recent audit of seating capacity in Chapel, we are unable to accept ticket applications from members of the public.  Should you wish to queue outside the Chapel on Saturday or Sunday, we will endeavour to seat as many people as possible in seats which are unclaimed by ticket holders 20 minutes before the commencement of the respective service.  Please note that seats are not guaranteed and queuing is entirely at your own risk. 

Please note that these services are not suitable for toddlers or babies.


If you have any quries about this, or any service, please email the Chapel Clerk or phone on (01223) 338676.

Epiphany Carol Service

Epiphany Carol Service

The next Epiphany Carol Services will be held on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 January 2019 at 6.00pm.Epiphany Carol Service

This Candlelit Service of readings and music celebrate the season of Epiphany.

Music last year included The Shepherd’s Carol (Chilcott), Lute-book Lullaby (L’Estrange), Nunc Dimittis (Holst), The Linden Tree Carol (arr. Jacques), Vox in Rama (Kirbye), Silent Night (arr. Ledger), Sir Christemas (Mathias), Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël (Poulenc) and Ding! dong! merrily on high (arr. Wilberg). The readings and hymns tell the narrative of the coming of Christ, the Magi’s visit, and the presentation in the Temple.

Application for tickets will open in November 2018

Please note that this service is unsuitable for babies and toddlers. 

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

To mark the begining of Lent, as we approach Easter, a Choral Evensong takes place on Ash Wednesday, 6 March 2019, at 3.30pm, this service will be broadcast live by BBC Radio 3.

A Meditation on the Passion of Christ

A Meditation on the Passion of Christ (also known as the Lent Meditation Service)

A service of music and readings reflecting on the Passion of Christ.Christ carrying the Cross
Will be held on Saturday 9 March 2019 at 6.00pm.

Music last year included Christus factus est (Bruckner), Miserere mei, Deus (Byrd), O King of the Friday (Grier), All they that see Him laugh Him to scorn (Handel), He trusted in God that He would deliver Him (Handel), Crucifixus etiam pro nobis (Lotti), God so loved the world (Stainer) and Hosanna to the Son of David (Weelkes). 

Applications for this Service will open in January.


Please note that priority must be given to members of the College.


This Service is unsuitable for babies and toddlers.

Ascension Day

Ascension Day

Every year on Ascension Day, the Choir ascends the 163ft Chapel Tower and sings the Ascension Day Carol. This year Ascension Day falls on Thursday 30 May 2019, the tower service will start at 12noon.

This custom dates from 1902 and was begun by the then Director of Music, Cyril Rootham, following a conversation with Sir Joseph Larmor. Sir Jospeh was insistent that a choir singing from the tower would not be heard from the ground. Rootham was keen to prove him wrong and saw Ascension Day as the perfect time to do it.

Without telling anyone in College, the Choir ascended the tower and as the clock finished striking noon, they started to sing an Ascension Day Carol. To Rootham's delight, he saw Sir Joseph open his window in the court below to see where the music was coming from. The event proved popular and since then it has been repeated every year.