On Saturday 7th May, the S. Anselm’s Chapel Choir departed for University College Oxford with Mrs Seddon and Mr Percival where they were invited to sing Evensong in the College Chapel. Upon arrival in a torrent of rain we were welcomed by Angela Unsworth who is the domestic bursar at ‘Univ’ and chaplain Revd. Dr Andrew Gregory who very kindly led the service.
The 13th Century buildings of this oldest college at Oxford University certainly inspired and impressed the children. After an hours rehearsal, parents filled the candlelit chapel and the choir processed in. Beautifully controlled singing followed with Lily-Niamh Rogstad singing a solo in the J. Rutter Clare Benediction and readings from Mrs Unsworth and Mr Phillips added a very special and personal touch to this wonderful service not soon to be forgotten. A reflection of the day took place whilst parents and children ate dinner in the attractive College Dining Hall.
On Sunday morning we drove from our lodgings back to ‘Univ’ and Mrs Unsworth kindly led an excellent and informative tour around the Colleges of Oxford. The children and staff all listened intently to historic stories and information as we strolled past Trinity, Oriel, Merton, Brasenose, Christchurch & New College. We passed doors marked private and found students working hard on grassed lawns on a most splendid sunny morning. We would like to say a very big thank you to Mrs Unsworth for organising such a memorable weekend in Oxford.