Our Music Department Brought Christmas Sparkle to School
The Michaelmas Term is always a busy time for our staff and pupils, but if there is one thing we can be sure of, it is that our music department have just what it takes to bring a little Christmas sparkle to the final weeks of term.
This year, we made it our priority to give back to the local community, and so our first festive treat saw the Senior Choir travel to Hemyock for a jolly ol’ sing-song at the Blackdown Healthy Living Centre’s (BHLAC) ‘Christmas Music and Mince Pies’ event. This was a particularly moving affair, as BHLAC is a local charity that aims to reduce the impact of rural isolation.
The pupils performed fantastically, playing to a packed hall, with standing room only. The choir entertained guests with Christmas songs, as the assembled voices gave renditions of popular traditional carols (complete with soaring descants).
Head of Music, Gareth Dayus-Jones, said: “Not only did the choir sing beautifully, but they were impeccably-behaved. They were outstanding ambassadors for the school.”
Not long after, we held our annual Carol Service – a point in the year at which many pupils and parents feel that the Christmas season has really begun! Again, we were treated to another wonderful event, full of beautiful readings, heavenly singing, and stirring congregational participation from the audience.
The service began traditionally in near darkness with Thomas Herbert singing the opening solo to Once in Royal David’s City. The procession arrived, with banners and candles in hand, while the carol resounded around the wonderful acoustics of the King’s College Chapel. The soaring descant led into the opening introduction and prayers, which then led swiftly into the glorious Of The Father’s Heart Begotten, complete with double descant in the last verse.
Highlights of the evening include the Senior Choir’s three-part arrangement of Ding Dong! Merrily On High, the Rainforest Choir’s beautifully harmonised Feliz Navidad, and the congregation’s version of Good King Wenceslas.
Following a series of speeches, Head Girl and Head Boy, Elise Roberts and Oscar Benneyworth, declaimed the sixth lesson and the Senior Choir impressed with the difficult and effervescent Angels’ Carol by Rutter. A moment of reflection came in the form of the congregational carol O Little Town Of Bethlehem before Mr Chippendale took to the lectern to read the all-important seventh lesson – The Word Becomes Flesh.
Just before the final prayers and blessing, the Senior Choir treated us to one final anthem – John Williams’ lusciously melodic Somewhere in My Memory, and the service concluded with Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. Well done to all involved for putting together such a wonderful service.
Published on: Thursday, December 20, 2018