A STUNNING service of carols and festive readings brought an action-packed programme of Christmas events at King’s Ely to an end.

Hundreds of pupils, parents, staff and friends of King’s Ely packed inside Ely Cathedral for the school’s annual Service of Readings and Carols on Friday, December 16th.

The event – one of the highlights of King’s Ely’s calendar – was beautifully introduced with Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir singing The Holly and The Ivy, in a new arrangement by Director of ECGC, Sarah McDonald. The Chapel Choir, The King’s Barbers and Edmund Aldhouse, Ely Cathedral’s Assistant Organist and King’s Ely’s official organist, also performed. Congregational carols included Once in Royal Davids City, O Come All Ye Faithful and Hark the Herald Angels Sing, and the programme featured moving prayers and readings, culminating in The Word Made Flesh, read by King’s Ely’s Principal, Sue Freestone.

Just as poignant were the King’s Ely Junior Christmas Concert, King’s Ely Acremont Carol Service and King’s Ely Junior Carol Service, all held in the cathedral – Ely’s ‘Ship of the Fens’ – with which King’s Ely is proud to enjoy such strong historical and present links.

Festive spirits were also raised as a result of numerous more light-hearted Christmas activities being held inside school, including the annual Sixth Form Christmas Ball, a sponsored Santa Run and Christmas Fair at King’s Ely Junior, Christmas Jumper Days throughout King’s Ely, a Winter Wonderland event at King’s Ely Senior run by Withburga house and Christmas parties at King’s Ely Acremont. All of these activities are set to have raised thousands of pounds for different charities all chosen by pupils.

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