The Santa Lucia Service took place at Birmingham Cathedral – a traditional Swedish festive service of carols and readings with a candlelight procession, during which ‘Santa Lucia’ wore a crown of candles.
The service was sponsored by the Swedish engineering group Sandvik, Handelsbanken and European Business Solutions. The Choir was the Ex Cathedra Academy of Vocal Music, under the direction of Jeffrey Skidmore, Artistic Director of Ex Cathedra and the soloist (Santa Lucia) was Clover Willis, currently in her final year of A levels at King Edward VI College, Stourbridge and hopes to study music at university.
Officiating at the service were the Reverend Janet E. Chapman of Birmingham Cathedral and the Reverend Andrew Holm, Vicar of the Swedish Church in London, The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Mike Leddy; Mr Charles Bond, Swedish Honorary Consul for the Midlands; and senior representatives from Sandvik, Handelsbanken, European Business Solutions.
The service was followed by a reception at DWF LLP.