Christmas Magic at Ceremony of Carols
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Bolton School Girls' Division celebrated the Festive season with a traditional and atmospheric Ceremony of Carols.
The evening opened with the Chamber Choir processing in to the Hall and singing the evocative melody "O Come, O Come Emmanuel". After a welcome from Headmistress, Miss Sue Hincks, the Chamber Choir offered a joyous interpretation of “The Time of Snow ". The Middle School Choir followed this with an enchanting performance of "Somewhere in my Memory", before Miss Hincks led the congregation in prayer and the Senior Choir performed the spellbinding "Mid-Winter".
The congregation of governors, parents, staff and former pupils offered their vocal contributions throughout the service with rousing renditions of a number of well loved carols, which included "Once in Royal David's City", "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing". There was a variety of beautiful readings, notably of S T Coleridge's "A Christmas Carol", Robert Southwell's "The Burning Babe" and a very moving and eloquent presentation of "I Sing of a Maiden" spoken in an authentic Middle-English dialect.
The harmony and versatility of the choirs provided many uplifting and moving moments - these included the Chamber Choir's beautiful and flawless interpretation of “A Child is Born”, the Senior Choir singing "Stille Nacht" and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, and the Middle School Choir's performance of "A Starry Night". The combined choirs sang John Gardiner's lively version of "The Holly and the Ivy" and the exquisite arrangement of "The Three Kings" by Peter Cornelius; the singing of these two delightful pieces has become a Bolton School Girls' Division tradition.
The Ceremony of Carols was brought to a moving and atmospheric conclusion by the recession, by candlelight, of the Chamber Choir singing "O Come, O Come Emmanuel".
All monies raised on the evening will be presented to Bolton Hospice and Bolton Lads’ and Girls’ Club. Afterwards, guests enjoyed seasonal refreshments in an imaginatively mocked up Victorian street scene.