Mrs E. Jackson, Subject Leader: Music, writes;
Monday 17th December saw our annual Christmas Concert at St. Francis Church. The concert was jam packed with Christmas cheer, from the opening solo of Once in Royal David City sung by Annabel Dunstan 10A, to the closing carol of Hark The Herald Angels Sing, with descant sung at full volume. In between, we heard from our new Year 9 GCSE students performing together in their first concert, some great ensemble playing from our flute group and string groups, and a Christmas Bonanza from the Concert Orchestra. Our large choir entertained the audience with a special version of the Twelve Days of Christmas, as well as with Three Kings by Cornellius, with Solos by Karl Puranik 13B and Jay Puranik 11S. The highlight of the concert for me, however, was the fabulous performance by our Senior Choir of the very demanding Hodie Christus Natus Est by Sweelink; the choir coped with the tricky polyphony of this piece admirably and made me one very proud teacher. Our evening finished with a blessing from the Revd Jenny Fennell, followed by mince pies and drinks supplied by students and FOSS. The concert raised over £200 for our charities of the year.
Thank you to Mr Craig, Mr Maudrell, Mr Yeun and Mr Collinson for their support and for also performing in the concert.