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Festive Greetings from Girton

Christmas tree in Hall, Girton College

Please note that all the items on this page were recorded in line with the government-compliant COVID risk-management protocols in place at the time, and before Omicron became widely known as a variant of concern.

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Advent to Christmas

Enjoy the Girton College Chapel Choir directed by Gareth Wilson singing at our Advent Carol Service, held on Sunday 28 November 2021. The Sermon is by the Chaplain, Revd Dr Tim Boniface, who also plays saxophone; the organ scholars are Felix Elliott and Emily Nott.


'The Dawn from on High' - Sunday Worship for the second Sunday in advent, recorded in Girton College Chapel - was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 5 December. Led by the Vice-Mistress Canon Dr Hilary Marlow with the Chaplain, Revd Dr Tim Boniface, it features the Chapel choir and some of Girton's accomplished instrumentalists on strings, wind and keyboard.

Here, you can listen in full to one of the highlights of this service, George Taylor's setting of the 17th century French nativity carol 'Whence is that goodly fragrance' 

We Wish You a Merry Christmas



We really enjoyed creating this year's Festive Greeting. It captures some of the exuberance we feel about being back together as a community - albeit within the limits of our government-compliant Covid risk-mitigation guidelines.

Panto Season

Max in Top Boots by GADS poster

The Girton Amateur Dramatic Society performed a brand new pantomime this year in which the Mistress's cat, Max - after a close shave with a science experiment - turns into a student. With the help of Head Chef, Dame Shortbread, Max and friends thwart a dastardly plan by the Senior Tutor to cancel the Spring Ball. Written by Zac Copeland-Greene and narrated by Fiona Gibb, the action-packed script is full of fun, imaginative gender blending, the usual sprinkling of 'look behind you' and 'Oh no it isn't' and a liberal helping of Girton-themed irony. The Panto ends with a rousing finale 'The Route to Town From Girton'. Written by Will J-Wood and Hassan Hussein, and sung to the tune of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, it brought the house down (of course)!

Here's a flavour of the action directed by Harriet Wadey and Harry Goolnick, assisted by William Want...

Girton Amateur Dramatics Society - 'Max in Top Boots'

Click the arrows on the image above to view the photographs taken by Nick Carter, and our Musician in Residence, Jeremy West
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A Midnight Clear 

If you enjoyed the snatch of this popular carol in our Christmas card, why not listen to the whole thing! 'It Came Upon A Midnight Clear', written by Edmund Sears in 1849 is performed here by the Choir (directed by Gareth Wilson), Orchestra (conducted by William Want) and Gir-ten (directed by Andy Kershaw), to Arthur Sullivan's tune 'Noel'

Thanks to Jeremy West for recording, sound engineering and editing.

Sleigh Ride (String Orchestra)

Join the Girton College Orchestra under the baton of Rob Jones for this popular melody, composed in the mid-1940s by Leroy Anderson. First recorded by the Boston Pops, and among the top ten winter holiday tunes, we hope you enjoy this very Girton version, complete with home-made (by the engineers) jingle bells, temple block and slapstick.

And a Happy New Year

We hope you have enjoyed our page of festive greetings from the Mistress, Fellows and students of Girton College. As we look forward to 2022, here are some messages from our JCR and MCR committees.

Cambridge SU Winter Holiday Activities Guide 2021-2022

Cambridge SU

Have published a Winter Holiday Activity Guide, with tips and tricks for a Christmas holiday in Cambridge and lots of ideas for festive activities.

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