On Wednesday evening, the whole school community had the wonderful opportunity of celebrating in the historic and majestic setting of Tewkesbury Abbey, when we held our Senior School Carol Service. For the first time since 2019, everyone present thoroughly enjoyed the chance to come together in person and participate in our Service of joyful preparation for Christmas.

The service began with the beautiful sounds of the Senior Choir singing ‘A Nativity’ by John Tavener; the singers remained hidden from view, letting their voices stretch to all corners of the Abbey.

The traditional service included some wonderful choral performances from Chapel Choir, Senior Choir and the Year 7 Choir. We were also delighted that Year 5 and 6 members of our Prep School Choir were able to join us and perform two pieces of their own. A particular highlight was when all choirs combined to sing ‘Carol of the Bells’ by P. Wilhousky and M. Leontovich. Interspersed throughout were readings telling the story of Jesus’ birth delivered by students in Year 8 to Upper Sixth.

The evening was a splendid experience for everyone – students, parents, staff and guests. We are most grateful to the Abbey authorities letting us once again continue our Carol Service tradition. Many thanks also to all the staff involved in the planning of the event, particularly our Director of Music, Mrs Pope.

Senior School  | 08/12/2021