Christmas celebrations begin with carols
The Perse’s Senior Carol Service took place in the Chapel of St John’s College on Tuesday 13 December. Over 400 students, parents and friends of the School gathered for the traditional service of nine lessons and carols sung by the Chamber Choir, Senior Chorale and Friends of Perse choir.
Guests were welcomed into the service by music from the Senior Brass Ensemble, before Upper Sixth pupil Darcie Hey opened the carols with her solo in Once in Royal David’s city.
The service provided a wonderful opportunity to welcome Reverend Emma Rothwell to the Perse, before she begins her role as the School Chaplain in January. Reverend Rothwell began the service with a prayer before the lessons were read by current pupils and members of staff. The congregation heartily joined in with the carols, and enjoyed a number of choral pieces sung by the choirs. The highlight of the evening was the world premiere of Earth Has Many A Noble City by Lower Sixth pupil William Harmer, specially commissioned for the Senior Chorale.
Following the service, mince pies and mulled wine were enjoyed by many in the surroundings of St John’s Hall. A retiring collection was also held in aid of the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, raising £1172.