Wednesday, 15 February 2012

SOLIHULL SCHOOL PUPILS SING AT WINDSOR CASTLE

The Boys and Men of Solihull Chapel Choir outside St George's Chapel in Windsor.   

Solihull School's choristers rose to the occasion when they were granted the rare privilege of singing at Windsor Castle.

The boys and men of the School's Chapel Choir sang Choral Evensong in St George's Chapel, the burial place of ten monarchs and spiritual home of the Order of the Garter.

The event to celebrate the Conversion of St Paul was attended by a large congregation of parents, teachers, tourists and clergy including the Dean of Windsor The Right Reverend David Conner.

The 41 singers, aged from eight to 18 years, sang the anthem Blessed be the God and Father by Samuel Sebastian Wesley, with solos from Alexander Lavery and Mark Lawrence, and Charles Wood's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (No.2) in E Flat.

The choristers, led by Solihull School Chapel Organist and Choirmaster Oliver Walker with his predecessor Peter Irving on the organ, rehearsed in nearby Eton College Chapel before taking their places in the choir stalls of the magnificent 15th Century chapel.

Oliver Walker, who was previously a conductor of the renowned Wells Cathedral Choir, said: “Everyone worked tremendously hard and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of singing in such a beautiful ecclesiastical building. The quality of the singing was outstanding and we went away with an invitation to sing at the chapel again.”

*The Solihull School Boys' Choir will be singing at the second Solihull Sings! concert alongside boys and girls from Chapel Fields, Greswold and Kineton Green primary schools at Solihull School's Bushell Hall on Wednesday, March 28 at 11.30am.

The first Solihull Sings! concert, organised by Oliver Walker to help introduce children to the joys of singing together, was a great success with 200 boys and girls from Chapel Fields Junior School, St Alphege Junior School and Ulverley School taking part.

Solihull School is an independent co-educational school for pupils aged 7 to 18 years.

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