South Coast law firm's choir delivers stunning performance at festive service

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The joy of Christmas came alive as a south coast law firm’s choir performed to more than 200 people.

Portsmouth Cathedral played host to a beautiful festive service by Blake Morgan.

After months of practice, the law firm’s choir, Habeas Chorus, sang their hearts out and impressed guests with their sweet-sounding harmonies.

“Christmas at the Cathedral” is an annual event for the law firm, which has offices in Portsmouth, Southampton, Oxford, Reading, London and Cardiff.

Clients of the firm, as well as lawyers, their families, and local dignitaries, are invited to the event.

The ladies’ three-part harmony choir, made up of 13 Blake Morgan employees, sang 12 well-known carols, including “Christmas Lullaby”, “The Lord Is My Shepherd”, and “Sussex Carol”.

The congregation joined them for three of the carols, including “O Come All Ye Faithful”.

Mary Chant, a partner at the firm, who is a soprano in Habeas Chorus, said: “We started our weekly rehearsals in September and have had great fun putting together the repertoire for this year under the guidance of our musical director, Nicholas Woods, and organist, Jacquie Harry. 

“We were delighted that our guests were so appreciative of our performance.

“This is such a special event for Blake Morgan and it is a great pleasure to be part of it.”

Max Craft, a partner at the firm, who addressed the congregation, said: “The choir’s performance was stunning and there were some timeless messages in the carols they sang.

“It was a real privilege and joy to watch them perform and we are pleased everyone enjoyed the event.

“Our thanks go to Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral for agreeing to host the concert and making it such a special event.

“We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.”

The choir members were: Mary Chant, Rebecca Ireland, Marie-Alice Slavov, Michaela Berryman, Maria Coombe, Rachel Giles, Carina McFadden, Noemie Spierckel, Marlene Hill, Kath Shimmin, Gemma Spiceley, Lisa Wallis, and Emily Williams.