Singing is very much at the forefront of musical life at King’s Hall and we currently have two choirs in the Prep Department (Senior Choir and Pyrland Choir) and one in the Pre-Prep (Pre-Prep Choir) allowing continuous provision of choral singing from Years 1 through to 8.
The Senior Choir is formed of members of Years 5, 6, 7 and 8. It regularly has between 30 and 40 members and pupils are required to audition to take part. The choir performs at the majority of the Chapel Services which are held every Thursday morning, and the choir are suitably robed in cassocks and surpluses for the occasion. They also take part in the moving and powerful annual Remembrance Service in November.
Perhaps the most prestigious event that the Senior Choir undertakes is that of the candlelit Carol Service which is held every Christmas in King's College Chapel. Traditional carols, with congregational participation, are sung often alongside more modern pieces, all contributing to a suitably festive and captivating occasion.
Pyrland Choir consists of Years 3, 4 and 5 and takes its name from the original name of King's Hall, Pyrland Hall. The choir is featured prominently in Formal Concerts and other public occasions including the annual Carol Service.
Pyrland Choir provides an excellent and less formal musical outlet for the younger children and serves to keep singing appealing and vibrant to the younger year groups while reaffirming basic technique and providing the Senior Choir with a strong body of potential recruits.
The Pre-Prep Choir runs as a weekly hobby and boasts over 30 members all of whom enjoy singing together and learning about what it takes to be part of a choir – a little technique and a lot of fun can go a long way! All of this also puts the children in good stead for involvement in the Prep choirs.