Choral Day 2017
Our annual Choral Day was held last Saturday and proved the usual fabulous mixture of music, song and conviviality.
After a morning of rehearsals, the voluntary choir, consisting of OCs, parents and other friends of the School, were joined by current Clayesmore pupils to practice for the evening’s performance.
Director of Music, Ralph Kerr, had chosen a varied programme, including Mass in G by Schubert and anthems by Mozart and Fauré, but it was the Beatus Vir by Monteverdi that proved, as predicted, the most challenging piece of the day.
However, after a just a few hours of rehearsals together, they pulled it off and kept an enraptured audience entertained for an hour in the Chapel that evening. Accompanied by teachers and visiting musicians on strings and the organ, the sound was magnificent and filled the space with passion and glorious voice.
The finale, now a tradition, was a joint effort between performers and audience with a rousing “Jerusalem”: always guaranteed to get everyone going.
Well done to all involved: staff, voluntary singers, visitors, pupils, Mr Musson and Mr Kerr. It is always a superb occasion and this year proved as good as any.
Afterwards, some stayed on for a delightful supper party in the de Selincourt, where the catering department lived up to its stellar reputation by providing a delicious three course meal for the hungry throng.
If you’ve never been to Choral Day, make sure you come next year, to sing or to listen, you will not be disappointed.