Christmas Carol Service

27 November 2020
Christmas Carol Service

As the School community begins to think about Christmas, our focus inevitably turns to the School’s ever-popular end of term Carol Services. Due to the pandemic, we are not able to host these as we normally would, but instead, we look forward to offering something different, which promises to be equally as uplifting.  

On Sunday 13th December at 6pm (the time at which the first of our services was due to be held), we will be launching the School’s first virtual Carol Service. Pre-recorded by the Chapel Choir, the service will be broadcast via our website (www.svs.org.uk/carol-service). It promises all of the festive cheer of a normal service, but with the benefit of being able to watch it in the comfort of your own homes.

We hope you join us for the broadcast. If you’re unable to do so, the service will be available to view on-demand thereafter.

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