The St Edmund’s Carol Service

The 2018 St Edmund’s Carol Service embraced a wide variety of choral styles and groups from the school community. Once in Royal David’s City traditionally begins the service and the first verse is sung by a solo chorister. This year, Mark Lower from Form 8 delivered it with precision and warmth.

In front of a full Cathedral Nave, the school choirs were in fine voice. The Choristers, Pre Prep singers, Lower and Upper School Junior Choirs each performed a piece from the steps, including a sonorous accompaniment provided by the Senior School String Ensemble. St Edmund’s Brass players also joined the professional ensemble in supporting some of the hymns.

The Chamber Choir embraced the enchanting acoustics of this fabulous building by singing in different locations; their rendition of O Magnum Mysterium by Lauridsen from the West Door was a particular highlight.

A service of this magnitude is always a team effort and particular thanks go to: Alex Thorne and Charles Francis for playing before, during and after the service, Fergus Jimenez-England for accompanying The Sans Day Carol on the flute and for Sophie Hopkins’ angelic tones in Lully Lulla by Leighton. Congratulations also go to the handbells, crucifer, acolytes and readers for their contributions, and to the Chaplain and Mr Millard for coordinating such a beautiful event.