As the Michaelmas term draws to a close, the annual Service of Nine Lessons & Carols provided a calming and uplifting interlude in what is always a very busy period. Dean Close School Chapel Choir treated the congregation to a wonderful mixture of traditional and modern carols in the School Chapel, surrounded by twinkling candlelight and interspersed with the best loved and well known bible passages telling the story of the birth of Jesus. There were lovely and accomplished solos, old favourites for All to sing and Sweet was the Song the Virgin Sang, a new Commission this year by award-winning composer Kerensa Briggs. Keresena discovered her love of choral music initially through Gloucester Cathedral’s Youth Choir and later for choirs including Trinity College, Cambridge and the Chapel Choir of King’s College, London where she currently holds a Choral Scholarship and is continuing a postgraduate studies on Composition.
Dean Close has a strong tradition of excellent choral music and this is just one of many events over the course of the school year where the choir can really showcase its breadth of talent.
As is customary, mulled wine and mince pies were on offer at the end of the service which everyone greatly appreciated as the temperature plunged and the wind howled outside!