Michaelmas Musical Round-up
Michaelmas Term is usually a rather musical one. This year has been no exception – we’ve managed to squeeze in quite a lot since the start of term back in September.
The Chapel choir has attracted a good number of new recruits and as always, they provide a wonderful backdrop to our Chapel services each week. We have had several successful Octagon concerts with some new talent on display.
New this year, our Live Lounge Fridays brought music into the heart of the school. Live streamed via Facebook, our parents and friends, far and wide, were also able to enjoy the many talents on show from our music department. From guitar solos and singing, to piano, brass and stringed instrumentals, there was a little something for everyone as, once a month, our reception area was transformed into an intimate music venue.
After half term the Remembrance Service saw the Chapel choir on excellent form and Matthew Osbourne provided us with a faultless Last Post. The vocal concert was another highlight of this musical term with many assured performances from all ages, and it was also good to hear some new ensembles including the Men of the Chapel Choir with their rendition of You raise me up.
As the term drew to a close, our talented singers and musicians took to the theatre stage (and behind it!) in this year’s school play A Christmas Carol. Fifth Form pupil Louis Benneyworth confidently took on the role of conductor, ably leading our musicians. The performances were stunning, again, demonstrating the sheer talent we have in our choirs and bands.
With back-to-back performances throughout the week, many of the same pupils even managed to squeeze in a trip to the races the following week. Entertaining race-goers with traditional carols at Taunton Racecourse, the singers and brass group then headed back to school to prepare for another seasonal music event.
The enchanting sounds of Stille Nacht, heard faintly at first along the corridors and cloisters, always signals the start of the school carol service. On the last two days of term, our Chapel heaved under the weight of pupils, staff, friends and family, and again with members of the public on the final day, as the pews were packed with an eager congregation, ready to celebrate the end of term and the start of the Christmas holiday.
In contrast, earlier in the week the Christmas concert, delivered more modern sounds as our pupils and staff demonstrated again, how versatile they are. And having played host to over 40 prep school children in late November, a number of pupils enjoyed assisting Mr Albery in a Prep Strings Day, that culminated in some cheery, festive numbers to an appreciate audience.
On the final day, as the school came together for the final assembly, a number of staff surprised our pupils with a flash mob, jumping up in festive hats, and delivering the well-known individual lines of Do the know it's Christmas. It ended with staff performing the whole song to huge cheers and laughter from delighted pupils – it was a fantastic way to end the term.
We wish everyone a joyous Christmas and new year, and look forward to a well-earned rest and to renewed energy for more musical performances in the Lent Term.
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