A friend’s son is currently a final year student at King’s College London and he just so happens to sing in the college chapel choir.
And he just so happened to invite me to accompany his mum to the Carols by Candlelight service. 🙂
King’s is located on the Strand, right in the heart of London. Don’t be fooled by the ugly monstrosity that is King’s façade (what were the Town Planners thinking?), because inside the front doors and up a stone staircase, you will find the most magnificent chapel.
As you’ll have noticed in the photo above, mask wearing was compulsory for all. The choir wore their undergraduate gowns, but I was disappointed to notice that most were extremely casually dressed underneath them. I think my friend’s son was the only chap wearing a collared shirt.
The quality of the choir’s singing was simply astonishing; that teenagers/young adults could produce such a pure sound. What a gift to possess.
I left the service filled with a quiet joy and a sense of peace. A chapel filled with predominantly young people had created a sound, interspersed with a story two thousand years old, that could quite even the most troubled mind.
And without realising it, it was exactly what I needed.