Bolton School Junior Boys

Uplifting Christmas Service from Juniors

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The Junior Boys once again put on a beautiful Christmas Service to celebrate the festive season. As is traditional, the evening began with ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, with Michael Stivaros performing the first verse as a solo and the Upper School Choir singing the second verse before the rest of the school and the audience added their voices for the rest of carol.

The Christmas Service continued with musical items and carols, interspersed with a variety of readings from the Bible and relating to the Christmas period.

The musical talents of the Junior Boys’ School were on show throughout the evening. The Lower School Choir sang ‘Away in a Manger’, ‘When Will We See The Little One’ and ‘The Holy Child’ while the Upper School Choir performed ‘Midwinter’ and ‘A Maiden Most Gentle’. The Chamber Choir sang ‘Puer Nobis’ and ‘Panis Angelicus’. The Recorder Group performed ‘Christmas Selection Box’ for the audience.

The massed voices of the whole School came together to sing ‘Tell Out The News’ and ‘Rejoice And Be Merry’, which has a complex round that the boys handled skilfully.

They also sang further carols in conjunction with the audience. In addition to the later verses of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, they sang ‘See Him Lying On A Bed Of Straw’ and ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, with the Year 4 Choir singing the third verse alone to great effect. A multi-lingual version of ‘Silent Night’ allowed pupils to sing verses in Chinese, French and German, with the audience invited to join in for the final three English verses. Finally, to close the service, the boys sang the first verse and chorus of ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’ in Latin before the audience joined in for an English rendition of this famous carol.

The Christmas Service ended with a prayer and benediction from Mrs Faulkner, the Head of the Junior Boys’ School. A retiring collection was held for the School Council’s chosen charity, Save the Children. This charity aims to change the world for children, and makes a difference across the UK by supporting young children living in poverty by improving their early learning.

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