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Boys' Seasonal Spectacular

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Festive sounds filled the Boys' Division Great Hall as parents, governors, staff, former pupils and former staff gathered for the annual Christmas Festival.

The audience were treated to a spectacular evening of seasonal celebration which began with the Chamber Choir's rendition of William Mathias' Sir Christemas, before the Reverend Doctor Terry Clark of St Mary's, Deane, offered an Invitation to Worship. An uplifting "Once in Royal David's City" was then started off by the School Choir, ably assisted after the first two verses by the vocal contributions of the audience.

The Senior Choir impressed with their renditions of Adolphe Adam's "O Holy Night" and James Lord Pierpont's "Jingle Bells", while the Junior Choir enchanted with Amy Grant's "Christmas Lullaby" and the Chamber Choir provided a stunning interpretation of Boris Ord's "Adam Lay Y-Bounden"

Joshua Campbell of Year 7 gave the first reading from Isaiah 11; further readings and reflections were interspersed throughout the night from pupils from all year groups. During the evening, audience participation was called for and the Great Hall resonated to stirring renditions of "O Little Town of Bethlehem", "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!", "Shine Jesus Shine" and, finally, "O Come, all ye Faithful!". 

The final prayer was "Christmas Eve Prayer" by Frank Borman - Appollo 8 Space Mission 1968, which was read by Jonathan Chowdhury of Year 9, and Headmaster, Mr Philip Britton, ended the evening by congratulating the Music teachers, the choirs, the organist and the readers on a sensational evening.

All monies raised on the night were donated to charity and the evening concluded with Christmas drinks and refreshments in the Boys' Dining Room.

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