Be My Guest: Alanya Holder on bringing Christmas cheer to campus

If you heard the quasi-medieval sound of recorders and carols floating on the crisp, winter air around the campus at lunchtime yesterday, it was us: members of the Music Society, accompanied by a recorder duo, travelled from the Gulbenkian to Rutherford Dining Hall, where they sang to visitors to the UCAS Open Day, ending up on the Jarman Piazza and bringing some seasonal music to the university community. Here, Music Society President (and instigator of the event) Alanya Holder looks back at it.


It’s that time of year again! Yes, once again it’s Christmas time and everyone is slowly getting into the Christmas spirit, so a few of us in the Music Society thought that we would help speed up the process. On Wednesday 8 December, a group of talented and eager singers wrapped up warm and braved the elements in order to bring Christmas joy to the masses. There was even a Santa hat and a pair of antlers!

With medieval-style duet recorder accompaniment, we sang a few old favourites including the Holly and the Ivy, O Come All Ye Faithful and Good King Wenceslas. But deciding the temperature outside was a little too much to bear, we also brought joy to the masses inside Rutherford Dining Hall. With smiles and Christmas joy well and truly spread, everyone is very much looking forward to Christmas.

Same time next year!

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