St Edward’s Senior & Sixth Form began their Christmas celebrations this week, holding their annual Carol Service in the magnificent surroundings of Tewkesbury Abbey. With readings from pupils, and a range of performances from our talented choirs, it really put the congregation in a festive mood.

Year 7 pupil, Nathanael H, opened the service with a beautiful rendition of the first verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, before being joined by the Choir, pupils and the congregation for the remainder of the carol.

Our Headmistress, Mrs Clayfield, welcomed the congregation before Revd Catherine Williams led the opening prayer. This was followed by the Chapel Choir performing Elizabeth Poston’s ‘Jesus Christ the Apple Tree’ and Sixth Former, Rebecca W, presenting the first of six readings.

Musical items included the Senior Choir singing ‘I Saw Three Ships’, ‘A La Nanita Nana’ and ‘A Gallery Carol’. The Chapel Choir performed ‘Three French Noels’ and ‘Gaudeamus Hodie’, and there was a lovely performance of ‘Adorar al Nino’ by the Year 7 Choir.

There were plenty of traditional carols for the congregation to participate in and a series of readings throughout the evening from Charles M (Year 9), Leo D (Year 7), Sophie E (Year 10), Alexandra M (Year 13) and our School Chaplain, Fr Pat, detailed the birth of Jesus and the journeys of the Shepherds, Angels and King Herod.

The Senior School were also joined at the Service by the St Edward’s Prep School Choir, who sang John Rutter’s ‘Carol of the Children’ and Ruth Elaine Schram’s ‘Little Children Wake and Listen’ beautifully.

At the end of the Service there was a collection for Brass for Africa, a charity the School has been supporting since the start of the Autumn Term, which uses music as a tool to empower and transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people.

All in attendance agreed that the occasion was a very special way to begin the festive season.