Thursday, 08 December 2016
The Junior Boys’ Carol Service began in traditional style with the singing of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’. The clear first-verse solo from Joseph Carolan in Year 6 and the Upper School Choir’s rendition of the second verse before the whole audience raised their voices for the rest of the carol made for a fitting opening to the proceedings.
The evening continued with a series of carols and musical items, interspersed with readings from pupils.
The Lower School Choir sang ‘Mary’s Lullaby’, ‘Do You Hear What I Hear’ and, later in the programme, ‘Jesus Child’, while older boys in the Upper School Choir sang ‘Candlelight Carol’ and ‘Angel Carol’. The Chamber Choir was also in fine voice, singing ‘This Joy’ and ‘Angelis ad Virginum’. The Recorder Group performed ‘Pop Goes Christmas’.
The whole school raised their voices together to perform ‘Zither Carol’ and ‘Calypso Carol’ for the audience. The audience joined them in singing ‘See Him Lying on a Bed of Straw’.
Certainly one of the highlights of the evening was the boys’ wonderful multi-lingual version of ‘Silent Night’: they performed the first three verses in Chinese, French and German before the audience added their voices for the final two verses in English. ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ was another special moment, with the Year 4 Choir alone taking over for the third verse, “How silently, how silently The wondrous gift if giv’n”, and the audience joining in for the rest of the carol.
The evening drew to a close with a rousing rendition of ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’, which the Junior Boys led in Latin for the first verse.
The Junior Boys’ Headmistress Sue Faulkner closed the Carol Service with a prayer and benediction. There was a retiring collection in support of Oxfam’s ‘Teach a Teacher’. The money raised will go towards training teachers to deliver life-changing lessons to children and will also supply teaching materials.
Click here to listen to the Junior Boys singing ‘Silent Night’ in four languages on the School’s Soundclound, or press the play button below:
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