Christmas Carols Delight
I look from afar….these words from the traditional Matins advent responsory sung by the chamber choir from the back of the Welsford Hall heralded the school’s annual carol services. A candlelit procession to the words from the Advent hymn Come thou Redeemer of the earth followed, whilst the candles around the hall were gradually lit to bathe the whole space in a warm glow, an added feature this year being our wonderful four ‘stained glass’ windows displayed against the walls.
The exuberant joy of the festive season was aptly expressed by Chanteurs’ interpretation of The holly and the ivy (complete with slick choreography) and the Junior Chamber choir singing Masters in this Hall, featuring our lovely year 7 boys in their first public appearance. This mood was set at the beginning with A little Child there is yborn (Chamber Choir)
The reflective mood of advent was represented by so many poignantly beautiful moments…from Chanteurs with Carol of the Children, our year 10 ensemble with a lullaby by the contemporary a capella group Pentatonix to pieces capturing seasonal weather like Glow (Chamber Choir) and Blow, blow thou winter wind (Year 11 ensemble. The arrangement of See amid the winter’s snow (Senior Choir) with added colours on the wind chimes,cymbals and string quartet was exceptionally beautiful.
The traditional elements of the Christmas story were told in Star on distant star (Chanteurs) composed by our very own Mr Robinson and The Shepherds Spiritual (Senior Choir) with movements and tambourine for that more contemporary touch.
Finally, the mood turned joyous again with the combined choirs and orchestra joining in with an arrangement of People look East.
A big thank you to the senior orchestra for accompanying the whole event with such professionalism and an equal sincere thank you to all the unsung heroes (no pun intended!) who made the whole event run so smoothly.