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We have been asking staff, students and alumni to share with us objects and places that make the University of Chester special to them. This week, alumna Tori Erskine (2014) chose the University Chapel. Here’s why…

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“When I was asked to pick an object or place associated with my time at the University of Chester, I didn’t even need to think about it! Immediately my mind was drawn to the University Chapel where I attended rehearsals with the Music Society Choir. (Admittedly UniChicken on Garden Lane crossed my mind when thinking about special places too!)

“You’re always encouraged to get involved with as much as you can at university, and undeniably a society is the way to do so. Throughout my school years I loved choir, so I knew at university it was something that I wanted to continue to be involved with. Sadly sport is not my forte, so I knew that I definitely wasn’t becoming the University’s next athletic champion! However, at my first Fresher’s Fair, I set out to find a music society, and I was in luck!

Tori and Jess

“The University Chapel building itself is gorgeous, and the perfect setting for rehearsals. When I first went along and sat in the alto section, I met my friend Jess – six years later we’re still best friends!

“Over my three years with the choir, I had the opportunity to sing in the iconic Chester Cathedral, as well as Birmingham Symphony Hall and at Chichester Cathedral. It was a brilliant way to make new friends, as well as continuing a hobby that I loved.

“At Christmas, nothing was more heartwarming than singing carols in the Chapel, and it was brilliant learning some new and traditional pieces – even singing in Welsh! I don’t think I’ll ever forget Hafan Gobaith!

“If you’re ever on the Parkgate Road Campus, I definitely recommend popping in for a look at this beautiful, idyllic building. You never know, you might even be able to even sing a tune or two!”

Tori has previously been a guest blogger, you can read her post here. If you would like to nominate an object or place for #UoC100Objects, we would love to hear from you! Email us at or drop us a message on social media.

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