Carols at Warwick Castle is held annually in the run up to Christmas and is for many people the start of their Christmas festivities. It is a great opportunity for families and people of all ages to get together and join in singing carols led by the excellent choir of St Mary’s and Royal Spa Brass.
Set against the magnificent setting of the Castle’s East Gate, the event has a wonderful atmosphere and visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of stalls offering such fare as mince pies, baked potatoes, sausage rolls and warm drinks including mulled wine.
The money raised by the event goes to local charities and towards good causes. This is organised by The Warwick Lions, Rotary Club, Merlin’s Magic Wand and the Friends of St Mary’s Choir. Warwick Castle provides the venue and many helpful support services free of charge.
The Choirs of St Mary’s Collegiate Church Warwick
The first choir at St Mary’s was founded in 1123 and the Church has a long tradition of musical excellence. Today’s choristers attend a variety of schools both locally and further afield. The gentlemen of the choir are committed volunteers who live and work in the surrounding area.
The choirs sing at services throughout the week during term time in St Mary’s Church. The boys and men can be heard in the morning and evening on Sundays, the girls at Evensong on Wednesdays and the men every Friday evening. There are also additional choral services for major festivals and civic occasions.
The Director of Music, Oliver Hancock, would be delighted to hear from children and their parents who would like to find out more about the choirs at St Mary’s Church at any time. For further information about the choirs of St Mary’s Church, visit their website here.
Royal Spa Brass
The Royal Spa Brass, a community music organisation based in Leamington Spa will also be performing at the event alongside St Mary’s Choir, for more information about The Royal Spa Brass visit their website here.