The Senior Carol Concert is always a highlight of the Autumn Term. On Wednesday evening, Years 5 and 6 performed at the Church of St Peter and St Paul for their annual carol concert. It was a super evening packed full of Christmas cheer, with traditional and contemporary carols interwoven with festive readings. The children have been focusing on performance technique in their singing lessons this term, including the importance of clear diction, vocal energy, facial expression and watching the conductor! These skills really came into fruition - the carols were confidently and sincerely delivered, full of expression and the congregation could understand every word. There were some beautiful harmonies too and it was the perfect opportunity to showcase the 48 strong Senior Choir and the smaller Chamber Choir. As well as learning songs for the Young Voices Concert, both choirs have been learning some challenging repertoire this term which they performed brilliantly. 'Come and see', a new carol by Alexander and Joanna L'Estrange and the traditional Brazilian 'Lullaby for Baby Jesus' were particular highlights. It was also an opportunity for the two year groups to sing together as a massed choir of over 100. One of my favourite moments of the evening was the rendition of 'Nazareth' from 'Nativity the Musical'. which was energetic and full of life.
After a congregational carol (Once in Royal David's City), accompanied by the organ and instrumentalists, the programme was divided into two parts. Years 5 and 6 both sang a couple of lively Christmas numbers to get the audience into the mood. Year 5 gave an absolutely brilliant performance of 'Holly Jolly Christmas', and clearly enjoyed every minute. Year 6 enjoyed singing 'Let it snow' and a two part version of 'Jingle Bells'. The second part of the programme centred on the story of the nativity. Carols highlighted the the readings, which were taken from the book 'The Nativity' by Geraldine McCaughrean. A special mention must go to the 21 Year 6 readers who read clearly and with expression and meaning and the 9 singers who sang angelically in small groups.
The concert ended in a lively fashion, after a fantastic performance of 'The Twelve days of Christmas' in French and 'Ding Dong it's Christmas'. Many thanks to all parents, friends staff and who supported. As ever, it was a magical evening, full of Christmas cheer; a very special ending to a busy term.