Friday 5th December

WITH Exeter Cathedral as the stunning backdrop to the concert, Exeter College’s Festival Of Carols has become something of a city tradition at Christmas time.
As always on the night, the doors will not only be open to friends and families of students at the College, but also any members of the public who wish to share in the celebration of this very special time of year.
While entry will be free to the concert, any proceeds donated to a collection at the close of the festival – which is being sponsored by Lloyds TSB and Michelmores – will be given to Exeter College Students’ Union’s charity of choice this year, as voted for by the students, Positive Action South West, which supports people affected by HIV and their carers in the South West.
With classical music performed by Exeter College’s College and Chamber Orchestras and Wind Band as guests take their seats, to be followed by Principal Richard Atkins’s welcome message, the lights will then go out as the Chamber Choir lead a candlelit procession down the nave.
Invited to join in traditional prayer, using a programme of service for which the artwork was designed by A level Fine Art student Poppy Phythian, the audience will also be able to sing along to favourite carols with the College’s Choral Society and Inspirational Choir, and listen as students give readings, as well as being treated to a beautiful brass section courtesy of its Big Band before the night is over.
The Cathedral usually fills to capacity on the night, with over 1000 people in attendance.
Principal Richard Atkins says: “To myself and staff and students at Exeter College, the Festival Of Carols is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the College year, and we warmly welcome friends, family and anybody else who wishes to join us on the night for this very special occasion.
“We are particularly delighted to be able to donate any proceeds raised this year to Positive Action South West, a charity which does so much to help young people in the local community and across the region affected by HIV. Please give generously, and come and join us for this wonderful celebration of Christmas.”