The annual Collegiate Christmas carols presentation has become a regular fixture on many Port Elizabeth calendars as it summons in the start of Advent, and a promise of a blessed festive season.
For exactly 100 years, Collegiate pupils aged between 11 and 18 have taken to the stage to present an evening of Christmas carols, ranging from the well-known and much-loved, to the new, exciting and contemporary.
This year the carols service is at the Feather Market Centre on November 23 and 24.
The custom was first introduced in the early 20th century in order to raise funds for cots that would bring comfort and rest to ill children at the Children’s Hospital, later to become the Walton Orthopaedic hospital.
A collection of £12 was collected at the service in 1913.
This altruistic service to the community has survived to this day, with all proceeds now benefiting the Community Chest.
In 1979, the service was recorded for broadcast on radio and in 1981, it was filmed to be presented as a Christmas Eve programme on television.
Carols 2012 brings an exciting programme, showcasing carols both traditional and contemporary.
Donovan Wynne from Collegiate Junior has been commissioned to compose a carol for this commemorative event, and the school is eagerly awaiting its debut performance.
Under the careful baton of Ann Yates, approximately 700 girls will perform alongside the celebrated Feather Market organ and school orchestra.
Tickets at R40 are available at the Collegiate Girls’ High School cafeteria, The Ivy Leaf, from 12.30pm until 2.30pm daily.