The Wycliffe Carol Services are known for being highlights of the year, and this year was no exception. We were very fortunate to welcome a special guest, Lt Col Andrew Tabor JP, High Sherif of Gloucestershire, who read one of the nine lessons. The pupils also read the lessons with clarity and sincerity and the whole service was very atmospheric, led by our Chaplain, Reverend McHale.
The Chapel Choir play a major role in the services, leading the carol singing, complete with descants, as well as performing several pieces of their own between each lesson. The candlelit service began with Once in Royal David’s City, with the first verse beautifully sung by two Year 12 pupils, Saoirse Purkess and Rebecca Taphouse. One of the highlights of the service was VOX’s superb performance of And his Name Shall be Called Wonderful by Sally Deford, featuring soloists Charlotte Greensmith (Year 13) , and Year 11 pupil Charlie Asquith. However, it was the Choir’s stunning rendition of Howard Goodall’s Love Divine that stuck in people’s memories as being something that really captured the true meaning of Christmas.