Senior school pupils enjoyed a selection of musical delights in the run up to Christmas as they took part in a Christmas concert and carol service at St George’s Church.
After the excellent Autumn concert, expectations were high for the annual Christmas concert and it certainly proved to be a festive and exciting evening. The concert band opened proceedings with an energetic performance of ‘The Incredibles’ before demonstrating their versatility by performing extracts from ‘Carmen’ and the ever popular ‘White Christmas’. They finished their set with an uplifting rendition of ‘Uptown Funk’.
The young voices of the junior chamber choir were up next with a performance of the traditional African folk song ‘Allundé’ before a gospel version of ‘Oh Won’t You Sit Down’ and the beautiful ‘Hear the Wind’. The big band brought the first half to a close with the delightfully named ‘Crunchy Frog’, the soulful ‘When I Fall in Love’ and some of our favourite Christmas tunes in ‘A Big Band Xmas’.
The second half picked up the yuletide theme, with the second orchestra rocking ‘Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer’ and the exciting ‘Freedom Finale’. The wind orchestra then performed the intricate ‘Maple Leaf Rag’, the beautiful ‘Prelude from the 49th Parallel’ and the quirky ‘Rollo Takes a Walk’, featuring the trumpets and clarinets playing kazoos, before the annual rendition of ‘Sleigh Ride’. The chamber choir brought the evening to a peaceful and festive climax with typically polished performances of ‘Hark All Ye Saints’ and ‘Il est Bel et Bon’, before wishing the audience ‘A Merry Christmas’!
The carol service in St George’s Church brought pupils, parents and governors together for an evening of traditional carols and readings by pupils, alongside performances by chorus, junior chamber choir, vox and chamber choir. First year Ben Wood opened the congregational singing with a clear and composed solo rendition of the first verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’. Throughout the evening, pupils from across all year groups delighted the congregation with their talent and enthusiasm for music. Standing around the church in candlelight, chamber choir created an atmospheric finale with a beautiful performance of Holst’s ‘Lullay My Liking’.
Finally, the sixth formers donned colourful Christmas jumpers as they performed Carols in the Quad. They entertained the audience with their own unique versions of a number of festive tunes and raised money for charity in the process.