Monday 12th December 2005 by C. Freeman
Staff and students at Brooke Weston got together to herald in the festive season at the annual carol service. Around 200 visitors packed into St John the Baptist Church for the traditional event, which featured the College choir, orchestra and contributions from individuals.
The choir, which comprised 45 students, gave fantastic renditions of seasonal favourites such as Once in Royal David's City and Hark the Herald Angels Sing. The carols were interspersed with readings and prayers.
Brooke Weston Principal, Peter Simpson delivered a reading and Librarian, Charlie Smith narrated Christmas by John Betjeman. The welcome was given by Rev Michael Asquith who also conducted the prayers.
Some students gave individual performances, such as Josh Daniel, who played a piano solo, Christina Hedges and James Parker who collaborated on a piano duet and Year 7 student, Adrian Matthews, who sang solo on the first carol "Once In Royal David's City" before the choir and the congregation joined in.
Andrew Renshaw, head of music at the College said: 'It was an enjoyable and well received event. Many people worked very hard and put a lot of effort in to ensure that it was a success. I'd like to say a big thank you to them all, staff and students alike.'
The College really appreciates the effort put in by all in the music department to co-ordinate and stage this yearly extravaganza - Christmas just wouldn't be the same without it!