Carols at Christmas

Against the beautiful backdrop of St. Mary’s, Beaconsfield, the Davenies community gathered for the School’s annual Carol Service where the Christmas Story was retold through song and scripture.

The service began with Miles (Year 8) singing the 1st verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ unaccompanied, followed by a procession of the Chamber Choir walking through the church holding candles whilst singing the 2nd verse. As well as the traditional congregational carols with their impressive descants, we were entertained by arrangements of well-known Christmas classics, for example Leontovych’s ‘Carol of the Bells’ sung in four-part harmony by the whole school, accompanied by our delightful Handbells. Other Christmas arrangements performed were John Rutter’s ‘Christmas Lullaby’ by the Chamber Choir, Ben Parry’s ‘Il est ne, le divin enfant’ by the Senior Choral Ensemble, Johnny Marks’s ‘A Holly Jolly Christmas’ by the Davenies Stingers, ‘A Christmas Prelude’ by our Senior Handbells, ‘God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen’ by the Brass Band, and a sterling performance by George (Year 8) and Edward (Year 7) of Prokofiev’s ‘Troika’ in the cello ensemble. Added to the festivities, it was a real treat to have the Friends of Davenies sing an arrangement of Anderson’s ‘Sleigh Ride’ with the Chamber Choir. Finishing with a beautiful rendition of Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’ by the Staff Choir, the Carol Service was a fitting end to the Autumn Term and our traditional Christmas celebrations.

 

 

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