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.
Senior School service
At the Senior School service, the chamber choir opened the service with a traditional uplifting performance of Gaudete and later went on to perform Stanford’s Magnificat in G (with special mention going to Jennifer Kent for her wonderful solo), Handel’s And He Shall Purify and Warlock’s Bethlehem Down.
Chorus also performed well with their renditions of Handel’s And the Glory of the Lord and Rutter’s Jesus Child, with the junior singers punctuating the middle of the service with their lovely performance of The Innkeeper’s Carol.
The congregational carol of O Come, All Ye Faithful saw the lighting of the candles and the extinguishing of the church’s lights leaving the congregation in candlelight for headmaster Mr Andrew Chicken’s reading of St John, Chapter 1.
The last carol of the night was the rousing Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, which left everybody in a cheerful mood in time for Christmas.
Junior School service
Wednesday’s Junior School service proved to be another special occasion, with traditional hymns Once in Royal David’s City, Away in a Manger and Silent Night sung by children from years three to six and the congregation.
The hymns were interspersed with readings from those including head boy and girl James Nichols and Beatrice Bullough, headmaster Mr Larry Fairclough and school chaplain Reverend Liz Leaver, while beautiful performances from the school orchestra and vocalists added to a wonderful evening.
Following the service, the congregation retired for refreshments ahead of the final day of term and a well-deserved Christmas break.