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22 December 2017

Christmas Festivities Leave King's Reeling with Joy

It certainly would not be Christmas without our hard working music department, who each year ensure that we have an action-packed itinerary of festive events to enjoy.

This year we have celebrated another fantastic line-up, which includes our Christmas Concert, an annual collaboration between pupils and staff and, of course, our popular Christmas Carol Services.

However, our revelries began back in mid-November, when a larger-than-usual audience attended our Vocal Concert, a charming performance of the highest quality held annually in the school chapel.

The varied programme began with the Chamber Choir’s suitably calming Prayer, followed by solo and ensemble performances.

Patrick McSwiggan’s lively Captain Stratton’s Fancy and Georgia Colville’s Ave Maria were especially impressive.

The concert ended with the beautifully harmonised And So it Goes from Georgia, Patrick, Flora Keeling, Marney Davies, Rudi Smith and Henry Adcock.

Moving forward to December, this year’s Christmas Concert brought together our talented musicians and singers in a performance full of laughter and festive cheer.

Our orchestra started the evening with James Horner’s Titanic and a medley of iconic music from Phantom of the Opera.

Following the flute trio’s Winter Wonderland was the Barbershop Boys – Rudi Smith, Lorcan Cudlip-Cook, Henry Adcock, Patrick McSwiggan and Mr Mason. They gave engaging and clever renditions of Billy Joel’s The Longest Time and Little Saint Nick by The Beach Boys.

Next up was the Brass Group with A Christmas Collage, followed by the Blitzen Belles, made up of Georgia Colville, Flora Keeling, Eleanor Clark, Marney Davies and Mrs Edwards, who performed Last Christmas by Wham and the Christmas classic Away in a Manger.

The Wind Band delivered a lively version of Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody, which had the audience singing, and Coots and Gillespie’s Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.

As the Big Band adjusted their seats (and instruments), a little ‘filling’ was required. Fortunately, Danny Kaye, or was it Frank Sinatra (Lorcan Cudlip-Cook) stepped in to entertain as the band set up to perform a number of songs to complete the evening.

Lorcan was pitch-perfect as a Bing Crosby-esque crooner, performing Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. He and Olivia Chamberlain delivered the final tune, Bernard and Smith’s Winter Wonderland.

In the final week of term, our Brass Group serenaded race-goers at Taunton Racecourse, now a much-appreciated annual tradition. Despite the cold weather, the pupils entertained crowds with an array of Yuletide carols, including Away in a Manger and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Fuelled by mince pies and hot chocolate, it was the perfect way to spread festive cheer.

Finally, on the last two days of term, we ended with our most popular event of all. Our Chapel heaved under the weight of pupils, staff, friends, family and members of the public as the pews were packed with an eager congregation, ready to enjoy our Christmas Carol Services.

Our school choir gave a superb performance, and the service was both moving and thought-provoking.

The evening’s events provided a beautiful end to a long, busy and successful Michaelmas Term, with everyone looking forward to some family time over the Christmas period.

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