Carol Service Real


The Guest Carol Service is always a special feature of Sedbergh’s Michaelmas calendar. As term reached its conclusion the Chapel Choir delighted visitors with their, now well-established, repertoire of Christmas music. Under the guidance of Choir master, John Seymour, the choir roused the audience with pieces such as ‘O magnum mysterium’ by Morten Lauridsen and ‘There is no rose of such vertu’ by Benjamin Britten.

Throughout the service, readings were given by pupils representing every year group, from a youthful Year 9 pupil to the distinguished deputy heads of School and finally the Headmaster.

What makes this event such a special occasion is that so many Old Sedberghians and former staff return to Sedbergh to hear the choir perform. For many, it is the first Christmas event of the year and marks the beginning of a season dedicated to joy and kinship. The event has grown year on year and this weekend the chapel swelled to near capacity with record numbers of guests joining the service to sing and worship together while having the rare opportunity to hear the chapel choir perform such a range of festive music.

After the contemplative service in chapel the congregation moved on to revel in Queens Hall, enjoying mulled wine and mince pies, and rekindling in some cases friendships of many decades standing.

If you weren’t able to join us this year, please add the event to your diary next year, 8th December 2024. It really is a very special evening to which all in our community are warmly invited.