Candle-lit carols

3rd December 2018

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The music of traditional carols sung by Wadham’s outstanding Chapel Choir filled the Chapel for the College’s annual alumni service.

More than 150 alumni enjoyed the traditional candle-lit service, led by Wadham’s Chaplain, Rev’d Dr Jane Baun.

The nine lessons were read by alumni from across the years. Following the service, alumni and friends enjoyed mince pies and refreshments in Wadham’s Dining Hall.

Proceeds from the retiring collection go to The Gatehouse, which provides food, shelter and care for Oxford’s homeless community. Students and staff at Wadham have been involved in a food donation programme with The Gatehouse since 2016 and the College has supported this charity for many years.

Grateful thanks go to Wadham’s superb Chapel Choir members led by Katharine Pardee, Director of Music, and Julian Littlewood, Organist. Thanks also to the following alumni readers and friends of Wadham: Duncan Enright (Physics, 1982); Anne Deering (English, 1979); Gervase Rosser (Lincoln, 1974); Emma Vanter (Experimental Psychology, 1994); James Bretherton (History, 1962); Charlotte Nicholls (CAAH, 2006); John Carr (Mathematics, 1969); Celia Collins (English, 1979); Jane Garnett (Fellow and Tutor in Modern History).

Wadham students enjoyed an uplifting service of nine lessons and carols on the last Sunday of Michaelmas term.  

Support Wadham’s Chapel Choir

Enjoy music by Wadham’s fabulous Chapel Choir in the comfort of your own home with their latest CD, ‘Love Bade me Welcome.’

The CD comprises choral favourites sung by the choir and accompanied by College organist Julian Littlewood, as well as the monumental Messe Solennelle by Louis Vierne, composed in 1899. This work features the chapel choir accompanied by both the restored Willis & Sons organ as well as the College’s Alexandre harmonium. An arrangement of Alexandre Guilmant’s Sonata No. 4 in D minor (1884) was also recorded, played by Wadham’s Director of Chapel Music Dr Katharine Pardee on the organ, and Professor of Harmonium Anne Page from the Royal Academy of Music.

The CD is available from Wadham Lodge at a cost of £12.

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