On Tuesday evening we held our spectacular annual Carol Service in the magnificent surroundings of Blackburn Cathedral, capping an end to what has been a fantastic and memorable year of Centenary celebrations.
Students and members of staff left school in the afternoon to rehearse in the Cathedral, before the doors were opened at 6pm to allow friends and families to join in the festivities. What an evening of brilliant performances it was!
The seats began to fill up quickly and we were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen to the proceedings amongst others, as everyone gathered to take part in the one of the major events in the school calendar. We were also very grateful to The Very Reverend Peter Howell-Jones, Dean of Blackburn, for leading the service after also having led the Prep service the day before.
The Service started with a rousing rendition of ‘Once in Royal David’s City‘ and throughout there were readings, individual performances and renditions from the Orchestra, Choirs and Swing Band, all executed with aplomb after hours of rehearsals and practice. One particular highlight being the lively ‘O Jazzy Town of Bethlehem‘, which was excellently performed by the Swing Band and led by Director of Music, Mr Holt.
During the service an offering was taken in aid of raising money for Blackburn Foodbank, and helping those in need the most of winter in the local area. We were delighted to raise £1,372.33 in total as a result of very generous contributions!
Overall it was a lovely festive evening in a beautiful setting, to get everyone into the Christmas spirit as Term comes to a close. Well done to all those students and staff involved for their performances and contributions. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!