Musicians Delight at Christmas Carol Concert
Once again the Michaelmas Term proved to be a busy one for our staff and pupils, but if there was one thing we could be sure of, it was that our music department were able to spread some festive cheer.
As is tradition, the celebrations began in late November when a number of our musicians took part in the annual Prep School Strings Day at King’s College. The children, accompanied by Mr Dayus-Jones, enjoyed learning new scores under the creative leadership of Director of Music, Mr Albery. They were also joined by musicians from local prep schools, making the day a fun and collaborative one.
By the time December rolled around, we were already in full festive mode. To mark the beginning of the festive season, our Senior Choir travelled to Hemyock for a jolly ol’ sing-song at Blackdown Healthy Living Centre’s ‘Christmas Carols and Mince Pies’ event. Our pupils love to support this local charity that helps to promote the health and wellbeing of isolated people in the Blackdown Hills. The pupils put on a terrific performance, playing to a packed hall of excitable guests. The choir entertained with Christmas songs, as the assembled voices gave renditions of traditional carols. There was even time for a cheeky mine pie after!
To round off the merriment, we hosted our annual Christmas Carol Service – a point in the year at which many pupils and parents feel that the season has officially begun. As always, we were treated to another wonderful event, full of beautiful readings, heavenly singing, and stirring congregational participation from the audience.
The King’s Schools Carol Services are always well-attended and that comes as no surprise. From the enchanting sounds of the College choir singing Stille Nacht along the cloisters, to the exuberant three-part arrangement of Ding Dong! Merrily On High by our own Senior Choir, there really is nothing quite like it.
A massive thank you to all of our fantastic musicians, and to our Director of Music, Mr Dayus-Jones for making our Christmas merry and musical all month long!
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