(Warning: Photo heavy)
Carols by candlelight are a granted for most people, but for the last few years my family and I have been doing something a little different…
Starting three years ago now, it has been growing in popularity each year, to the point we can’t find a seat! Let’s be honest, when it comes to seating space, I’m a bit of a Scrooge at heart and so selfish me wasn’t entirely sure I wanted to write this post, because it will be my own fault that I won’t get even a tiny piece of grass to sit on next year!
But all things are better if they are shared and I suppose I have to be charitable in the spirit of Christmas…*grumble, grumble*.
So to the point, my substitute for carols by candlelight was the wonderful Christmas in the Quad, held at the beautiful St George’s College.
Opposite the University of Western Australia and overlooking the Swan River.
We arrived an hour early in hopes of finding the perfect location to stake as ours, only to be utterly surprised that the place was full!
We ended up on a tiny patch of grass on the first floor that we called our own. Luckily we had a good enough view of the stage off in the distance though.
With fold out chairs set up and food out, I left the family for a bit of a walk around the first floor of the Quad.
And into the very beautiful St George’s Chapel.
I used to sing here as a member of the Winthrop Singers, every Thursday for the college’s weekly evensong and I loved it!
We would sit opposite each other in rows closest to the altar. The acoustics are rather lovely too!
I could turn my head and look up to the organ loft and the beautiful stain glass window.
And I always LOVE a good black and white marble floor.
Out I went though, as the evening started growing darker and the sun was dipping below the heights of the Quad.
With the light fading, the pretty fairy lights hung from balcony to balcony, right across everyone’s heads, began to sparkle more and more.
I buddied with lovely Delia and we waited for the show to start.
The reason why this event is becoming quite the thing to do is not just because of the wonderful atmosphere and setting, but also because of the line up of A-list classical musicians ready to perform. This includes Sara Macliver, Paul Wright, Mark Coughlan, and with a good orchestra – made up of some of Perth’s quality young musicians (my friends included hehe) – and all conducted by Raymond Yong. It really is a treat!
The music played, while the evening grew beautifully darker.
In the interval Delia and I wanted to stretch our legs, so we thought we’d mosey around and also take a trip to the top balcony, to see everything sparkling below!
We then dragged ourselves from the pretty sight back to our seats, for the second half of the concert.
Before everyone was is encouraged to join in song for the carols at the end! I certainly didn’t hold back!
Finally the evening drew to a close. Everyone packed up their goods and trekked, baggage laden, to their cars, chatting and, I’m sure, with carols stuck in their heads!
And so Christmas in the Quad was enjoyed by all once more at St George’s…
(But please don’t go next year…I want a seat!)