Carols by Candlelight Provides Forum for Sublime Performances
Some wonderful examples of our choirs and orchestra performing:
Angels from the realms of glory – Senior choirs and chanteurs
Hush my dear – Chanteurs and year 9’s from senior choir
One small child – Senior choirs
As the festive season approaches, it is time also to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. As always, our annual candlelit carol service provided just such an opportunity with its warm and glowing ambience of candles complimented by wonderful music provided by Chanteurs, Senior choirs and orchestra.
As is traditional, the carol service opened with the medieval antiphon ‘O come o come Emmanuel’ as the choir processed in with their candles. Choral contributions were separated by carefully chosen readings, using pupils from across the senior school from years 7-13. Five different choral ensembles from the senior school – from the large senior choir to the 7 girls comprising our year 13 ensemble – sang item(s) varying in style from the more popular ballad style ‘When a child is born’ to more formal pieces.
Chanteurs and the senior school joined forces in a sparkling rendition of ‘Angels from the realms of Glory’. Our talented year 9’s took on the role of altos and tenors with a cello to perform Mr Robinson’s beautiful ‘Hush my dear lie still and slumber’ originally composed for SATB. A stunning arrangement of ‘In the bleak midwinter ‘was particularly poignant for our year 13 girls at their last carol service.
As always, the orchestra confidently supported the congregational singing and provided seasonal music before the service and at the end. Sections of the orchestra were also used for some of the choral items, this included some superb performances from our German exchange student, Lottie, on cello and our harpist Jess Stephenson.