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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 will be held on Saturday 28 November 2020 at 6.00pm and Sunday 29 November 2020 at 3.00pm.  The Sunday service will be broadcast live by BBC Radio 3.

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.

 

Owing to Government legislation we are unable to hold any public worship. The Sunday service will be still be broadcast live from the Chapel by BBC Radio 3.

 


If you have any queries 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 23 and Sunday 24 January 2021 at 6.00pm.Epiphany Carol Service

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

Music in the 2020 service included Tomorrow shall be my dancing day (Burton), The Shepherd’s Carol (Chilcott), Three Kings from Persian lands afar (Cornelius (arr, Atkins)), Nunc Dimittis (Holst), Vox in Rama (Kirbye), O virgo virginum (L’Estrange), In the bleak midwinter (McGlade), Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree (Poston), Hodie Christus natus est (Poulenc), Make we joy (Robinson) 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.

 

Entrance to this Service is by ticket only.

We have received many requests already for tickets for the Epiphany carol services.  The College will continue to review, in the light of Government guidance, whether congregations may be permitted at services in Chapel and, if so, whether those congregations may include people who are not resident members of the College.  At the moment, therefore, we cannot guarantee you a place in the service. Further information will be placed on this website in due course. We thank you for your understanding and we long for the day when our doors can be open to all our friends again.

 


 

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

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

To mark the beginning of Lent, as we approach Easter, a service of takes place on Ash Wednesday, 17 February 2021, at 6.30pm.

 

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 13 March 2021 at 6.00pm.

Music last year included Christus factus est (Bruckner), Greater love hath no man (Ireland), Wash me throughly  (Wesley), Christus factus est  (Bruckner), He trusted in God that He would deliver Him (Handel), Crucifixus etiam pro nobis (Lotti), God so loved the world (Stainer) and Give ear, O Lord (Weelkes). 

 

Application for Tickets may be made from January 2021.

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

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

 

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

 

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 21 May 2020. Owing to the current situation, the Choir will not be ascending the tower in 2020. On Thursday 13 May 2021 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.