Carols in the Bar—Manchester

Following the success of last year’s Carols in the Bar alumni event in Manchester, the date has been set for 2020: Friday 18 December at Gulliver’s Bar on Oldham Street, Manchester. The event replicates the popular Mildert tradition of Carols in the Bar, with a pianist and sing-a-long carols and Christmas classics. Lyrics are provided, along with a welcome drink and nibbles. More details will be published closer to the event.

Look back at Carols in the Bar 2019
Our first Carols in the Bar took place on Friday 13 December in Gulliver’s Bar in the Northern Quarter of Manchester. Pianist extraordinaire Pete ‘PJ’ Jacob (Modern Languages, 2001-2006) was on the piano, having travelled up from Derbyshire with his wife, Catherine, to take part. Spirits were high, and after some gentle carols to get people’s voices warmed up, everyone got in the singing!

There were around 30 people at the event, with different friendship groups mixing and having fun. Several Mildertians were accompanied by their non-Mildert partners to the event, who must have been surprised by how seriously our alumni take singing ‘five gold ringssssssss’ in the twelve days of Christmas. Feedback from the event was very positive, with many alumni connecting with the association for the first time.

Do you want to host a carols in the bar event?
Other versions of the carols in the bar have been held previously, including a very successful event at the Barley Mow pub in London in 2009 (at which PJ was once again the Resident pianist!). If you would like to help hosting the event, the VMA would be pleased to hear from you and would support the organisation. Contact vm.development@durham.ac.uk for more details.

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