Christmas Festival Packs Out the Great Hall
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 boys.
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 evening.
All monies raised on the night were donated to charity.