Boys Fill the Hall with Festive Music
Thursday, 15 December 2011
Bolton School Junior Boys filled the Boys' Division Great Hall with a host of festive music and song in their Annual Christmas Carol Service.
The Lower School Choir treated family and friends to performances of 'Rise Up Shepherd' and 'Carol of the Children', while the Upper School Choir impressed with 'Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day' and 'Ding Dong Merrily on High'. Whole school renditions of 'The Holly and the Ivy' and 'Twentieth Century Carol' filled the hall, along with a vibrant performance of 'Pop Goes Christmas' from the Recorder Group and several Christmas readings from the boys including an extract from 'A Christmas Carol'.
The audience joined in throughout the service with hymns and carols including favourites 'Once in Royal David's City' after a solo performance of verse one by Jonathan Topping, 'See Him Lying on a Bed of Straw', 'O Little Town of Bethlehem', 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing' and 'O Come All Ye Faithful', and Mr Whittaker, Head of Junior Boys, finished the service with prayers and blessing.
At the end of the service, there was a collection for Ondukuta Combined School in Namibia which the Junior School is now partnered with. The partnership was formed through the Diocese of Manchester, which has formal links with the Anglican Diocese Namibia in Southern Africa, and benefits both schools as they share and learn from one another. The funds will go towards teaching and learning resources and ICT development, and in the future the Ondukuta School hopes to be able to build a library, science laboratory and meeting hall.