The Chamber Choir braved a cold and frosty morning to make a trip to the University of Cambridge to sing Evensong with the Chapel Choir of Christ’s College.
The Music Department has close links with Christ’s College. One of our recent former pupils, Simon Fraser (Old Stop 2016), is currently a member of the College Choir and is in the second year of a Music Degree at Cambridge and Director of Music Mr Michael Dow is an alumnus of the College.
The group arrived in the city to glorious sunshine and were immediately introduced to the stunning vistas of King’s College Chapel and Trinity College.
After negotiating their way to Christ’s College, the singers were met by Director of Music Dr David Rowland and Simon Fraser who gave them a tour of the college and chapel, with time for a short rehearsal before lunch.
After a brief catch up with Alex Jones (Old Stop 2017), who is also studying Music at Cambridge, the group made their way back to Christ’s College for a Q&A session with Dr Rowland and an Admissions Tutor who gave pupils clear information about what universities like Cambridge look for in potential students.
There was enough time for a final rehearsal with the Chapel Choir before singing Evensong by candlelight in the beautiful setting of the college chapel. Upper Sixth pupil Olivia White sang a superb solo in Stamford’s ‘Magnificat in G’ and Simon Fraser took on the challenging bass solo in the ‘Nunc Dimmitis’ with gusto and aplomb.
The congregation was full of Old Stopfordians, family and friends and the choir really appreciated the support.
Mr Dow said: “It was a wonderful and inspiring day exploring the Cambridge colleges and finding out more about possible university pathways. I hope it will have helped our pupils develop their future aspirations.
“The Evensong service with the Christ’s College Chapel Choir was a delightful occasion and the pupils sang superbly throughout. They should be immensely proud of themselves.”
Fourth Year pupil Kate Langton added: “The surroundings were great and the architecture was really impressive. The concert was very moving, spiritual and intimate and I got a lot out of the trip.
“It was good seeing the Old Stops. They spoke about university life and gave us a tour and it was nice to catch up with them.”
Dr David Rowland commented: “We had a great day with the choir from Stockport Grammar School. They were very well-prepared and blended nicely with the choir at Christ’s. Special mention should be made of Olivia White’s solo, which she sang impeccably in what must have been a nerve-wracking environment for her. All in all, it was a very enjoyable day.”
Old Stop Peter Hall agreed: “My wife and I enormously enjoyed having the opportunity to attend this service. It was quite magic and a splendid performance by the choir throughout. We also found it delightful to meet such an enthusiastic team of teachers, parents and Old Stops and it was good to see such strong evidence of the continuity and vitality of links between Cambridge and the school.”