Congregations of pupils, staff, governors, Old Stopfordians and their families gathered for both the Junior and Senior School carol services at St George’s church this week.
All of the choirs were on terrific form at the Senior School service on Tuesday evening, with the chorus excelling in their performances of the Sussex Carol and Ding Dong Merrily on High.
The chamber choir set the tone with the traditional uplifting introit Gaudete and also gave outstanding performances of excerpts from Handel’s The King Shall Rejoice and Willcocks’s setting of The Infant King.
Our junior singers also shone in their performance of Clements’s One Evening Star, while special mention should be made of Hannah Gregory for her accomplished solo in Once in Royal David’s City.
The congregation also got to see the work of the winners of the Art department’s annual carol service programme cover competition.
The judges chose fifth year pupil Gwen Harris’s brilliant drawing (pictured right) for the front cover, and also picked second year pupil Rebecca Hill’s work for the back page.
Wednesday’s Junior School service was an equally special occasion, with traditional congregational hymns Away in A Manger, O Little Town of Bethlehem, While Shepherds Watched and Hark the Herald Angels Sing being performed alongside readings from the head boy and girl, headmaster and chairman of governors.
Beautiful performances from the school orchestra and vocalists also added to a wonderful evening before the congregation retired for refreshments.