Carol Service Delight

The Senior Choir, SSA Choir and Lower School Choir provided a wonderful end to the Michaelmas term in the two carol services for the Upper and Lower Schools.

In a new venture, the services began by harking back to Mediaeval times and Christmas plainsong sung by our tenors and bases. This lead into the traditional solo verse of Once In Royal David’s City, performed to great acclaim by Oliver Harding and Antonia Jones. All then enjoyed the telling of the Christmas story, interspersed with carols for the choir and the congregation as well. Combining all the choirs with percussion enabled the Senior Choir to perform Gaudete with energy and vigour. Soloists Ben Harding, Amelia Sampson, William Sims and Katie O’Kelly sang the difficult Latin text clearly and musically and our drummers Sam Jackson and George Matthews gave the music life and excitement.

Later in the service an equally polished rendition of John Gardner’s Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day was given by all choirs, featuring Mr Totney in his final performance with the school and Sam Jackson on snare drum as they accompanied the choirs in the highly syncopated arrangement of this carol.

Lower School Choir performed a very pretty setting of the Traveller’s Tales, Lorna Frankel gave us a beautiful In The Bleak Midwinter solo and a few tears were shed at the wonderful Ave Maria setting performed by SSA Choir with soloists Miranda Bardsley, Angharad Harris, Francesca McClean, Isobel McKellar, Sarah Clayton and Amelia Sampson.

Reverend Johnson’s epilogue summed up the term very well and shared the joy of Christmas and the feeling of community and spiritual cohesion the Dauntsey’s family creates.

Thanks must go to Reverand Johnson for all the work he put into organising this event at the end of a busy term. His aura of calm enables us to work as a team of students and staff to deliver what, we hope, was a very enjoyable occasion for you all.