A wonderful carol service was held at Gloucester Cathedral this morning.
Organ music before the service was played by Ellen Hallett, Year 10. She played Prelude in F by J.S. Bach followed by Jonathan Hope, Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral.
The first hymn 'Once in Royal David's City' was followed by the Welcome by Canon Andrew Braddock.
The Introduction and Reading was by Abbie Giles - Senior Team, Jerin Mathew - Year 7 and Camille Shelmerdine - Year 11.
The Senior Choir then performed Personent Hodie by Piae Cantiones arr. Rutter which was magical in the Cathedral setting.
Reading 2 was by Kezia Wang - Year 9 explaining about carols.
The senior choir then sang the first verse of Silent Night in German, followed by the whole cathedral singing the remaining verses.
The third Reading was by Derryn Allinson - Year 12 followed by the Chamber Choir singing 'There is no Rose' from A Ceremony of Carols, Britten.
Reading 4 was beautifully read by Scarlett Youngsmith in Year 10 followed by 'Hark! the herald angels sing'.
The Junior Choir then sang 'Star Carol' by Rutter followed by Miss Giblin reading Luke 1, v 67-79 followed by prayers read by George Adamson and Katie Forbes in the Senior Team.
Reading 5 was read by Grace Burden in Year 13 followed by Mike Haynes' wonderful carol 'Sleep my little Jesus'. Mr Haynes was the Head of Music at the High School for a number of years. He has recently been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. He was at the service to hear the choir sing his beautiful carol.
The service finished with a reflection and blessing by Canon Andrew Braddock and Reading 6 by Madeleine Cross in Year 13, followed by the hymn O come, all yet faithful.
There was a retiring collection in aid of MND, Gloucestershire.
Our Vision - A world free from MND Our Mission - We improve care and support for people with MND, their families and carers. We fund and promote research that leads to new understanding and treatments, and brings us closer to a cure for MND. We campaign and raise awareness so the needs of people with MND and everyone who cares for them are recognised and addressed by wider society. In Gloucestershire, we run a monthly support group for patients and families and support with Association Visitors as well as a website and telephone support. We host many fundraising events to support the voluntary work we do.
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