Every year the University of Worcester hold a carol service in Worcester Cathedral. Last year, I was approached by a member of my student services department and asked if Loco would be interested in getting involved as they wanted more student input in the service. Well, two years later we are still participating in this wonderful event and this year was extra special.
This year’s carol concert theme was decided by myself and my team of wellbeing champions as I mentioned in the Blogmas instalment all about the ‘Shine a Light’ campaign. This meant I needed to come up with a performance for Loco that captured the essence of that theme.
I decided to write a poem that combined three Christmas stories where the characters overcame adversity at Christmastime – Rudolph, King Wenceslas and the little donkey. The moral of the poem was summed up in the final two verses;
“All of these tales teach us how to be brave That any bad times can always be changed They teach us that being yourself is the best That just being you can complete any quest
We hope that you know you are never alone There’s always someone on the end of the phone At the end of the tunnel there is always a light Festive blessings to all, and to all a good night”
As the narrators recited the poem, the rest of us acted out the words. We then sang the song “You Will Be Found” from Dear Evan Hansen. I knew going in that this song was going to be a huge challenge, but my incredible cast took it in their stride and absolutely nailed in. We only had three, short rehearsals for the concert and the end result was fantastic!
We had members of the university and community come up to us and say it was a pleasure to listen and watch us perform. My family came all the way from Wales to watch the concert and it took everything in me not to burst into tears when I saw my grandad crying in the front row when we sang. The lyrics to that song mean so much to me and the rest of the society and I’m so thankful we got to sing it all together.
I also performed as part of the university’s student and staff choir who sang three numbers. In the final song ‘One Voice’ I was one of the soloists who started the song. This was sung in total darkness in the cathedral and other members of the choir and loco joined in, lighting candles and literally shining a light in the dark.
I’m so, so sad that this will have been my last carol concert as a student at the University of Worcester. I won’t get the fantastic opportunity to organise a performance for the service next year, or sing in the choir. However, I will always have the past two years to look back on and be proud of. I truly hope Loco continue to participate in the concerts as this is a little tradition that I have started for them and I can’t wait to see how they get on in the future.