The annual Regent’s Christmas carols were held in Herringham Hall on Wednesday 13 December, this year, in honour of their creator, Lady Sophie Laws.
A magical evening of carols, readings, mulled wine and mince pies, the celebration was, in true Regent’s style, an international one.
Celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah, colleagues and friends of the university were treated to Russian and Greek readings, Christmas Greetings in Six Languages (wonderfully mastered by our Head of Student Services Boris Glick), and the lighting of the Christmas and Hanukkah candles.
Vice Chancellor, Aldwyn Cooper, began the evening with a tribute to former colleague, Lady Sophie Laws, whilst Sophie’s husband, Lord John Laws, read the Adoration of the Magi.
Lord Michael Hastings, Regent’s Chancellor, captivated the audience with a reading of John Betjeman’s Christmas.
The choir, from Regent’s University London Music Society and led by Benjamin Wolf, treated guests to an enchanting hour of traditional Christmas carols, before
Professor Judith Ackroyd closed the evening with a dazzling and humorous rendition of John Julius Norwich’s Twelve Days of Christmas – a Correspondence.
A wonderful opportunity for friends and colleagues of Regent’s to gather together and share some festive cheer, a huge thanks must go to Rachel Azzopardi, and all who helped organise such a joyous evening.