Christmas festivities in Hull were given a Scandinavian twist when twenty-five Swedish students sang songs celebrating the martyr St Lucia for the benefit of the Hull Business School and Hull Business Link.

The choir was made up of students following the university’s European Business and European Marketing courses and was formed to encourage a greater awareness of inter-cultural activities in the university.

“We’ve got a lot of different nationalities on campus now, and this choir is one way to kick-start a greater awareness of other people’s cultures,” said Peter Forte of the Hull Business School.

The Swedish choir was set up by first-year European Marketing student Jenny Gustavsson, a trained singer and musician. The singers performed live on BBC Radio Humberside and repeated the show in the evening at the Maritime Museum in Hull, where members of Hull Business Link were enjoying a Swedish Christmas party.

The students now aim is to build a new organisation to promote inter-cultural relations between other international students on campus. “This choir to showcase Swedish culture is the first step,” said Jenny. “Maybe next semester the Finns will do something, or the Spanish, and things will develop from there.”