Carol Service – Tower of London

Posted: 7 December 2018

The Company was very fortunate to be able to hold its annual Carol Service in The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula in The Tower of London. We are grateful to The Constable of the Tower and Honorary Liveryman General the Lord Houghton GCB CBE DL and our Honorary Chaplain, the Reverend Canon Roger Hall MBE, Chaplain to the Tower of London for allowing this.

The congregation, which numbered over 170 and included the Master, the Immediate Past Master, all three Wardens, WCoSP Member Debra Whittingham, Deputy Governor at HM Tower of London, Past Masters, Liverymen, Freemen, Members, Apprentices and their families, children, grandchildren and friends, gathered together in this historic Chapel Royal for a perfect Carol Service at which Canon Hall officiated.

The Choir conducted by Master of Music Colm Carey BMus, gave superb renditions of “Torches’’ (John Joubert), “Angelus ad virginem” (Arr Willocks), “In the bleak mi-winter” (Darke) and “Star Carol” (Rutter). 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 Honorary Chaplain, the Clerk, Court Assistant Paul Miller, Liveryman Steve Marshall, Young Member and Freeman Jade Davies and Apprentice Charlie Morton. The Master 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 magnificent and enjoyable family occasion and a fitting start to the Festive Season. 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.

Brian Hughes
Past Master Emeritus