Students, parents, staff and the Exeter community joined together to celebrate Christmas at Exeter College’s Festival of Carols in the stunning setting of Exeter Cathedral, all in the name of charity.  

The annual event celebrated the college’s exceptionally talented students, with performances from the Exeter College orchestra, as well as student choirs and piano and vocal duets.  

In addition to starting Christmas celebrations, the Festival of Carols raised important funds for the college’s two nominated charities for the academic year, Cancer Research UK and Exeter Foodbank. 

A grand total of £1297.19 was raised, all going towards two incredibly worthwhile causes.  

The evening started with a welcome address from Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive John Laramy before a candlelit student procession through the nave.  

Students from across the college’s curriculum also did readings and the service was officiated by Prebendary Nigel Guthrie of St David’s Church and The Reverend Canon Cate Edmonds of Exeter Cathedral.  

Speaking after the event, John Laramy said, “This was an incredible celebration, showcasing the talents of some of our fantastic musicians and performers. More importantly, we have raised some vital money for our two charities of the year during what can be a difficult time of year for people who are fighting cancer or poverty. 

“It has been great to see the Exeter community come together for a great cause and get in the spirit of Christmas.” 

The event marks the last in the calendar year for Exeter College, as preparations continue in 2020 to celebrate the college’s 50 years as the UK’s first tertiary college, although their roots date back to the 1800s. Celebration events will be taking place throughout the year, showcasing the inspirational students, staff and alumni who have formed a part of the college’s 50 years as a tertiary college. 

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