The University Festival of Lessons and Carols

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All members of the University community and local friends are very welcome to join us in marking the start of the Christmas season at the University’s official celebration, our annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, organised by the University Chaplaincy team.

We return this year to the beautiful setting of St Mary’s Church in Nottingham’s historic Lace Market. Once again the Viva Voce Chamber Choir, University Choir and the Revival Gospel Choir will lead us in well-known Christmas carols and carefully chosen musical pieces to develop the theme ‘the gift of God’.

The service also includes a new carol composed by music undergraduate and University Choir member, Siân Hughes, in a competition run by Nottingham Lakeside Arts. The theme set for the competition was ‘What can I give Him?’ Siân responded to this by adapting a melodic motif composed by Gustav Holst in his setting of Christina Rossetti’s poem ‘In the bleak mid-winter’.

After the service, join us for seasonal refreshments in the church.

Free coaches will run to the church from College Road, Sutton Bonington at 6.10pm and Portland Building, University Park at 6.40pm (returning coaches every 15 minutes until 9.30pm). St Mary’s is wheelchair accessible.

Come along early to get a good seat (no tickets required).

For more information, visit the Chaplaincy website. You can also phone our chaplaincy administrator, Debbie Keown on 0115 951 3931 or email her on

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