St. Mary’s College heralded the start of the Christmas season by holding its annual Carol Concert this week.
Staff, students and their families gathered at a packed SS Peter and Paul Church on Liverpool Road to enjoy the atmospheric service in the 100-year-old building.
The concert - which was partly candlelit - featured a selection of readings, carols and instrumental and choral performances co-ordinated by the school’s Director of Music, Andrew Byers.
Highlights of the evening included Sophie Clarke’s solo soprano aria ‘Bereite Dich’ from J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, accompanied by Ellie Griffiths on violin and Isabelle Bond on cello.
Another highlight was the Chamber Choir and Chamber Consort performing ‘For Unto Us A Child Is Born’ from Handel’s Messiah, while the Training Choir gave a lovely rendition of popular classic ‘The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year’.
The traditional event finished in a traditional way with the serving of mulled wine and mince pies back at the school.
Principal Mike Kennedy, commented: “The carol concert is always a very popular event with families and a really enjoyable way to mark the start of the festive season.
“I would like to pay tribute to all the students and staff whose hard work and talent helped to make the service such a first-class musical evening.”
It’s been a busy week for Christmas events at St. Mary’s with the school’s Bright Sparks Nursery putting on a nativity play and its Preparatory School, The Mount, staging its own nativity as well as a number of Christmas concerts.