Once again we were very privileged to be able to hold our Company Carol Service in The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula in The Tower of London and we are grateful to the Constable of the Tower, General John Nicholas Reynolds Houghton, Baron Houghton of Richmond, GCB, CBE, ADC Gen and our Honorary Chaplain, the Reverend Canon Roger Hall MBE, Chaplain to the Tower of London for allowing this.
The congregation, which numbered over 150and included the Master, the Senior Warden, Past Masters, Liverymen, Freemen, Members, Apprentices and their families, children, grandchildren and friends, gathered together in this historic Chapel Royal for a truly wonderful Carol Service at which Canon Hall officiated.
The Choir conducted by Master of Music Colm Carey BMus, gave superb renditions of “A spotless rose’’(Howells),“I saw three ships” (Arr Willocks), “I saw a stable”(Bullard)and the “Sussex Carol” (Arr Chilcott). The congregation joined in singing traditional carols including, Once in Royal David’s City, Good King Wenceslas, O little Town of Bethlehem, O Come All Ye Faithful and Hark the Herald Angels Sing.
Lessons were read by the Master, the Honorary Chaplain, the Clerk, Liveryman Richard King, Young Member and Freeman Claire Palmer and Apprentice Bartek Mielniczuk. Member Susan Jones read “Keeping Christmas “by Henry Van Dyke.
The Carol Service in The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London is a Company tradition. As ever, this was a most uplifting and enjoyable family occasion. We thank all involved in making it happen and in particular our Honorary Chaplain, the Master of Music, the Choir, the Organist and our Beadle and Clerk.