Christmas Carol Service
On Thursday 12th December, tutors and students made their way after lessons to St Augustine’s Church, standing opposite the college on Queen’s Gate, for the annual MPW Carol Service. It was a perfect winter’s evening, with the end of term only days away, to begin celebrating Christmas. At the church there was a packed house of MPW staff and students – together with a gratifyingly large number of MPW parents – all assembled for the start of the service, held in aid of Kids Company, the charity providing therapeutic support to vulnerable inner-city children.
We were welcomed by the Principal, Steve Boyes, and by Andy Watkins, Holy Trinity Brompton Youth Pastor, who also delivered the Christmas Message later in the service. There were well-chosen readings (from Betjeman, T.S. Eliot, John Julius Norwich, William Drummond and Tom Krause, as well the traditional texts from Isaiah and the Gospels) given by staff members Patricia Ward, David Lydon, Christine Gavin and Angela Berkeley-Owen, as well as by students Darius Amriola, Arthur Turner, Tommy Moore, Savannah Adler, Emre Sert, Miles Trocme and Vlad Novitskiy. We also heard musical contributions from piano student Quintin Potgieter and from Sarah Tyler, who sang “O Holy Night” by Adolphe Adam with passion. Imogen Dyer not only contributed fine organ playing but also, in her role as conductor, elicted performances of great flair from the three-man choir of Jack Harrison, Miles Trocme and William Kitchen. The whole congregation joined in the carol singing with gusto, enjoying all the traditional favourites, from “Once in Royal David’s City” to “O Come All Ye Faithful”. At the end all enjoyed the mulled wine and mince pies, before walking out into the December night cheered and refreshed.
Many thanks from all who attended are due to Maya Waterstone, Sarah Tyler, Ben Foley and the many students who between them organised the event and worked really hard to ensure that everything went smoothly. In total, the collection raised over £620 for Kids Company.