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Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Festive sounds filled the Boys' Division Great Hall as parents,
governors, staff, former pupils and former staff packed in for the
annual Christmas Festival.
The audience was treated to a spectacular evening of seasonal
celebration which began with an uplifting "Once in Royal David's
City" started off by the School Choir, and ably assisted after the
first two verses by the vocal contributions of the large audience.
The Reverend Mark Cowling of St Peter's, Halliwell, offered an
Invitation to Worship, followed by readings from some of the
The Choir impressed with their renditions of Antonio Vivaldi's
"Gloria" and John Gardner's "The Holly and the Ivy", while the
Junior Choir enchanted with Jay Althouse's "Cantate Domino".
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!", "Mary's Boy Child", "Shine Jesus
Shine" and, finally, "O Come, all ye Faithful!".
The final prayer was "A Prayer for Christmas Morning" by Henry
Van-Dyke, which was read by Anthony Lems of Year 8, and Headmaster,
Mr Philip Britton, ended the evening by congratulating the Music
teachers, the choirs, the organist and the readers on a sensational
All monies raised on the night were donated to charity.
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