Report by Jessica Georgelin - Year 8
The acoustics in the cathedral were wonderful as the choirs of Richard Lander School sung their hearts out.
The Service of Nine Lessons opened spectacularly with the girls choir - Palestrina - singing a plainsong, ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’ which made the hairs on audience arms stand up on end as the music soared in the darkness. Proud parents looked on as their children- from Years 7 & 8 processed up the aisle, holding candles, to ‘Once in Royal David City’ performed by talented soloist Frazer Brown. The Taverner choir took a leap of faith to sing Handel’s ‘And the Glory’ from the Messiah which went off with a bang. Charles Seacombe did an uplifting solo in Changing Voices’ ‘Rise up Shepherds’, and for the first time ever all choirs joined together to sing ‘I saw Three Ships’ and ‘The Holly and the Ivy’.
The service revolved around the nine readings that took place. These were read by Isobel Crawley, Frank Holmes, Daisy Meeks, Reuben White, Eloise Ireland, Ben Price and Head Boy and Girl, Cameron Sykes and Georgia Doyle Lay. All the readings were wonderful, clear and flawless.
Chair of Governors, Mr Rob Loosemore, praised the Carol Service highly, “The Carol Service is an excellent event each year and this one must be rated as one of the best, with outstanding singing from all the choirs. All the staff must be congratulated in preparing everyone for their roles. I look forward to the occasion each year because, for me, this sets the start of the Christmas period.”
Finally, a huge thank you to our Director of Music, Mr Pascoe and Assistant Director of Music , Mrs Whomersley, who work so hard to make the magic happen.