6pm - 7:30pm
Wednesday 4 December 2019

University of Surrey carol service

A traditional celebration of Christmas with readings, specially-composed carols for choir and old favourites for the congregation.


Guildford Cathedral
Stag Hill
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The University Carol Service is a highlight of the University Calendar. In the magnificent Cathedral setting we celebrate the arrival of Christmas with the traditional service of nine lessons and carols. Readings given by members of the University are interspersed with specially-composed carols performed by the Chamber Choir under the direction of Russell Keable, Director of Conducting in the Department of Music and Media. The congregation also have the opportunity to raise the rafters in singing some of the best-loved Christmas carols, with the Department's very own Professor Jeremy Barham playing the Cathedral organ.

The University's wonderfully-talented Chamber Choir lead the congregational singing and give the first performances of three or four newly-composed carols (winners of the Department of Music and Media's annual carol competition). One of the most haunting moments of the year comes at the very end of the event when the Chamber Choir recess through the nave carrying candles and singing an ancient plainsong melody, linking the music of today with a tradition dating back to the Sixth Century.

The University Carol Service is one of the few opportunities the whole University has to come together to celebrate a significant time of year and remember family and friends near and far. We welcome those of all faiths and none to join us for this special occasion.


No charge is made to attend the event but contributions to a retiring collection are welcome and have regularly raised considerable sums for a range of local, national and international charities.

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