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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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