Members of the public gathered at Eton College Chapel on Sunday 4 December to enjoy an evening of carols for Christmas, with over 400 people in attendance.
The carol service got everyone into a Christmas spirit with a traditional mix of congregational and choir carols. The evening also featured biblical readings telling the story of the Nativity. The choir, which is comprised of boys from Eton College, performed works including Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, the Sussex Carol and the Coventry Carol.
Also performed on the night was a new piece based on a traditional Ukrainian carol, Sleep, Jesus, Sleep (Spy, Isuse, Spy) by Roxanna Panufnik. This carol was written to raise funds for The British Refugee Council. So far, £2772 has been raised on their GoFundMe page. At the end of the service, a collection was also taken for the Windsor Homeless Project and L’Arche.
A local resident said: “It’s an absolute treat to have such high quality musicianship on our doorstep and the atmosphere created by the Eton choristers was truly uplifting – a wonderful precursor to Christmas. It was lovely to hear a few unusual choral items as well as the traditional carols. A rousing rendering of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing was the perfect finale.”