Cathedral carol service raises money for Porchlight

The annual carol service for students and staff at the University raised almost £2,500 for local homeless charity Porchlight.

The service, which took place in Canterbury Cathedral on Monday 11 December, is always one of the largest and most representative gatherings in the University’s annual calendar.

It was organised by the University Chaplaincy, which co-ordinated a full range of University departments and student groups to be involved with the delivery of traditional readings and musical items.

This year singers in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Polish led the congregation in verses of ‘Silent Night’ in their own languages. The service featured the University Chamber Choir (fresh from a live performance on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on 7 December), and the University Gospel Choir.

Every year demand for the free tickets to the event increases, and dozens of students volunteer as stewards to help ensure that the evening runs smoothly.