On the last Thursday evening of the Autumn and Winter term, we held our annual Senior Carol Service in the magnificent surroundings of Blackburn Cathedral. It was a fantastic opportunity for our students in the Orchestra, Swing Band and Choirs to show off their talents in front of family and friends, on a wonderfully wintery and festive occasion.
The Cathedral was full, and we were delighted to welcome the Deputy Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen to the proceedings, to experience the true Westholme Christmas spirit!
The Service started with Head Girl Harriet performing a solo of the first verse of Once in Royal David City, after which the Choir and rest of the crowd joined in with the remainder of the carol. 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.
Finally, The Very Reverend Peter Howell-Jones read The Blessing, and everyone joined in with a rousing rendition of Hark The Herald Angels Sing to finish off the service.
After the service, Mr Holt then went on to say:
“It’s always a thrill for our Orchestra, Choirs and Swing Band to come to the cathedral to perform in such a magnificent setting, to celebrate the message of Christmas”.
Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to The Very Reverend Peter Howell-Jones, The Organist in Residence John Hosking and to all the Cathedral staff who helped out with the evening.