Senior Choir

The Senior Choir at St. Anne's Cathedral

The evening of Tuesday, 12 December saw Grosvenor stage its annual Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at St. Anne’s Cathedral, attended by hundreds of pupils, parents, past pupils and associates of the school.

Those present were treated to a selection of impressive performances from the School’s choristers, including renditions of such festive favourites as ‘O Holy Night’, featuring soloist Amy Cullen, as well as, amongst others, ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, ‘Candlelight Carol’, ‘Silent Night’, ‘The Angel Gabriel’ and ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’, featuring solos by Ruth Milligan, Gordon Kelly, Sarah Myles and Eva Wardlow.

The music provided by the Choir provided the perfect backdrop to an evening of worship which also saw pupils in years eight - twelve, as well as Head Girl Amy Cullen, Head Boy Aaron Harrison, the School’s Principal Dr. Vasey and The Bishop of Connor, The Right Reverend Alan Abernethy – himself a former pupil of the School - deliver the Nine Lessons telling of Jesus’ birth. In addition, refreshments were kindly provided at the rear of the Cathedral by the School’s Head of Home Economics Mrs Buchanan, along with her colleague Mrs Caulfield, following the conclusion of the Service. 

Chamber Choir Sing at Stormont Buildings for the UK China Regional Leaders Summit and Waterfront Hall for the Chinese New Year Celebrations

On Friday, 1 December, the Chamber Choir accompanied by Dr Vasey, Dr Rolleston and Miss Foster had the honour of being invited to perform at the UK China Regional Leaders Summit on the staircase at Parliament Buildings, Stormont. This is part of the continued links with the University of Ulster as a Confucius Hub school for the teaching of Mandarin.

The choristers of the Chamber Choir rose to the challenge of learning the set piece stipulated by the organisers of the event at the University of Ulster in Mandarin. With the expert tutelage from Ms Tianyu Yu, Ms Zhang Kaixin, Ms Xiao Xaio, Ms Jiao Qianrui, Ms Yu Tianyu, Ms Jiang Xuefang, Ms Xiang Jun Ping who attended Chamber Choir rehearsals to teach the Mandarin pronunciation of ‘The Call of the Road’, a traditional Chinese piece, we exceeded our wildest dreams and managed to deliver the piece on behalf of Grosvenor Grammar School alongside Millburn Primary School, the partner school for the Confucius Institute Education Programme who performed ‘Let the world be filled with Love’. If the flash photography was anything to judge by, the Chinese delegates seemed thrilled with the polished musical performance and the determined effort to impress by singing in Mandarin.

On the evening of Thursday, 1 March, the Chamber Choir braved the snow and performed as part of a cultural celebration to celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Waterfront Hall Theatre Studio. The programme included Nanjing Little Red Flower Art Troupe with solo dance, vocal and instrumental music. Dr Vasey was amongst the guests to present a speech; also in attendance was Dr Rolleston and Mr Brunt.

The Chamber Choir sang a glorious rendition of the ‘Call of the Road’ to the delight of the Chinese Delegation to Belfast. Full marks to the choristers for their singing talent, dedication and commitment as it was the eve on which Grosvenor was declared closed due to the snowy weather conditions.

Ms Yu, Tianyu

The Senior Girls' Choir

The Senior Girls Choir met during lunchtimes throughout the year and, although our preparation time was limited, we still managed to pull off memorable performances in the Carol Service and Spring Concert. Led by Miss Foster, we were encouraged to sing a wide variety of pieces both accompanied and a cappella. At the Carol Service we sang a challenging arrangement of ‘In Dulci Jubilo’ by John Rutter. We then prepared an arrangement of ‘The Sound of Music’ which we performed at the annual Spring Concert, with soloist Sarah Myles. We all enjoy singing such beautiful pieces and it is no chore to sacrifice a few lunchtimes when the outcome is a successful performance!  

Anna Stanfield 14 TG2