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Rendcomb College Senior Carol Service 2021

We are very proud to present this year's Carol Service from Cirencester Parish Church.

In time held tradition, this year's Carol Service from Rendcomb College was held at Cirencester Parish Church, albeit in a slightly different format. The service was recorded on Monday, with the church very kindly allowing us to use their live-streaming software, cameras and microphones. A small number of Sixth Form leavers families were in attendance, this being their last opportunity to experience a Rendcomb College Carol Service. 

We hope you enjoy this year's service, and we sincerely wish that by this time next year we can have everyone in attendance to lift the roof in song and praise!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.

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The video of the service has about a 3-minute lead in, which includes the opening Organ Voluntary.

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You can follow the order of service here:

Organ Voluntary


In dulci jubilo

Music: Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)


Once in royal David's city

Words: Mrs C F Alexander (1818-1895)

Music: H. J. Gauntlett (1805-1876)

harmonised by A. H. Mann (1850-1929)

Descant: David Willcocks (1919-2015

Welcome and Bidding Prayer




The holly and the ivy

Words and Music: English traditional

melody arranged by David Ogden (b. 1966)


Luke 1 v. 26-38



The angel Gabriel from Heaven came

Words: Basque traditional translated by

Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924)

Music: Basque traditional melody

arranged by Malcolm Archer (b. 1952)


Luke 2 vv. 1-7



O little town of Bethlehem

Words: Philip Brooks (1835-1893)

Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1985)

and Thomas Armstong (1898-1994)


Sing lullaby

Words: Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924)

Music: Basque Noël arranged by

Timothy Noon (b. 1974


Luke 2 vv. 8-20



Masters in this hall

Words: French traditional translated by

William Morris (1834-1896)

Music: French traditional melody arranged by

Gustav Holst (1874-1934)


It came upon the midnight clear

Words: E H Sears (1810-1876)

Music: English traditional melody arranged by

Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)



Words: translated from the Galician by

J.B. Trend  (1887–1958),

Music: John Joubert (1927-2019)


Matthew 2 vv1-12



As with gladness men of old

Words: William C Dix (1837-1898

Music: Konrad Kocher (1786-1872)

abridged by W. H. Monk (1823-1889)


John 1 vv1-14



Stopping by woods on a snowy evening 

Words: Robert Frost (1874-1963)

Music: Nathan Seatter-Messer (b.2004)





O come all ye faithful

Words and Melody:

Rev’d John F Wade (1711-1786)

Arrangement and Descant:

David Willcocks (1919-2015)





Hark, the herald angels sing!

Words: Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

Music: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Descant: David Willcocks (1919-2015)

Organ voluntary

Toccata Primavera (2021)

Music: John Wright