Carol Service, 1st December 2016

Wells Cathedral was the setting for the beginning of Advent and the last whole school service of the calendar year. Music was the star of the show as Choir and Camerata both performed between the carols and service proceedings.

While traditional hymns were opted for, like Once in Royal David’s City and We Three Kings, the repertoire of the two choirs was more diverse. Both choirs performed a John Rutter work, Christmas Lullaby (Choir) and Angel’s Carol (Camerata); Choir stunned with Philip Stopford’s Lully, Lulla, Lullay; and Camerata sang the haunting The Lamb by John Tavener.

Within the challenging acoustic of the cathedral, both choirs did exceptionally well, both when accompanied and acappella. The students also coped with the sheer amount of singing, with those in both choirs singing nine different pieces (both choir works and hymns). It was lovely to hear the positive comments of both staff and students after the service.

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