Trinity College Chapel Continues Tradition of ‘Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols’

Free Event on Sunday, December 3, Celebrates the Start of the Holiday Season

​Hartford, Connecticut, November 30, 2017 –

WHAT: The annual Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols marks the beginning of the holiday season for the Greater Hartford community. The service includes music of the season offered by the Chapel Singers – the oldest continuing student group on campus – the Trinity College Gospel Choir, and the Trinity African Choir.

The music this year is directed for the first time by Christopher Houlihan ’09 (pictured below), newly appointed College Organist and Director of Chapel Music. A brass quintet and timpani joins the choirs, and Vaughn Mauren ’07 accompanies on organ.

Trinity College warmly invites the public to attend the free event. A freewill offering will be taken.

WHEN: Sunday, December 3, 2017, 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

                    Doors open at 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Trinity College Chapel

                        300 Summit St., Hartford, CT, 06106

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This program is a tradition followed by Anglican and other Christian churches worldwide. Passages of scripture recounting the story of Emmanuel or, “God with us,” are paired with anthems sung by the choirs as well as Christmas carols for all to sing. Trinity began conducting this service in 1958, following the ceremony established at King’s College in Cambridge, England, in 1918.

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