Carols at the Travellers 2023

The Society hosted its annual Carol Singing event at The Travellers Club on Tuesday, 12th December 2023. Also invited were our friends from the Oxford Society, the English Speaking Union, PADFAS and, of course, any member of the Travellers itself who felt like singing!

It proved as popular as ever, with all 100 tickets sold out over a month in advance. Upon arrival guests were treated to some mulled wine and mince pies (imported from the UK by Tony Banton), to get their voices in shape for belting out our Christmas favourites!

As ever, a small but talented group of musicians, lead by Christopher Wells, accompanied the singing, which was lead by John Thompson, who as a young boy sang in the St. John’s College choir. At the interval, Edward Archer, who organises the event for us, gave the answers to this year’s quiz. Who knew that Oklahoma was the first US State to declare Christmas Day an official holiday? Certainly none of the Americans in the audience!

Overall, the quality of the singing was exceptionally good and everyone left surrounded by a warm hue of Christmas feeling!

The new Travellers’ President attended for the first time. He enjoyed it immensely (good for the future!), particularly as his son is currently a third year at Emmanuel College! The Emma choir will actually be visiting Paris at the end of March and is planning to hold a concert at The Travellers on Thursday, 21st March – details to follow in due course.

We are all very much looking forward to this year’s December carols. If you want to participate, though, please make sure you apply early as the tickets sell out very quickly!

Edward Archer