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A musical fanfare could be heard on Wednesday night in St Mary’s Church for the Gillotts’ Carol Service. Over thirty children from Years 7 to 10 were involved in the service either singing or playing an instrument in the orchestra. The concert started with a beautiful candlelight parade lead by Megan Cheney singing the first verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s City.’
Father Martyn Griffiths welcomed the congregation before the first lesson was read by Charles Washbourn aged 11.
The service was a mixture of Christmas carols, lessons and soloist performances which included Lottie Bell, aged 14 singing ‘Pie Jesu’ by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lottie said beforehand, “There’s some quite high notes in the piece but I think I’ll be OK. I don’t get nervous beforehand but I do feel the nerves when I am actually performing.”
Special mention should also go to Amy Metcalfe in Year 7, who performed for the first time at the service. She not only sang in the choir, played the violin in the orchestra and also sang a solo of ‘O Holy Night’. A multi-talented young lady.
Celia Richards, Music Teacher at the school said, “We have only been practising really for the last 2 weeks after we held our showcase event. It’s great to see so many children involved in this special concert again this year.”