Christmas Carol Service
The annual Carol Service in the beautiful Romsey Abbey gave students, staff, parents and friends of the School a joyful start to the festive season, hearing the Good News of Christmas in word, music and prayer. Beginning in darkness and moving towards the light of Christ’s coming, the KES Chamber Choir led the singing, alongside the full combined choirs and instrumentalists. The choirs performed a wide range of repertoire, from a traditional hymn to the Virgin Mary in the Quecha language from South America, to Wilberg’s ethereal Still, Still, Still. A rousing version of Ding! Dong! Merrily on High encouraged the congregation to a hearty candlelit rendition of O come all ye Faithful before venturing out into the wintery weather with cheer in their heart and a smile on their face sustained by a mince pie and mulled wine. The retiring collection for the cardiac charity CRY, selected in memory of Fifth Year student Ben Smith who tragically died earlier this year, raised over £1300.