Annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 2018

The evening of Tuesday 18th December saw Grosvenor stage its annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in the impressive surroundings of St. Anne’s Cathedral, attended by hundreds of pupils, parents, past pupils and associates of the school.

As always 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 Beth Vance, as well as, amongst others: ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, ‘Candlelight Carol’, ‘In the Bleak Widwinter’, with solos by Year Thirteen pupils Anna Smith and Jack Brown, and ‘A Christmas Blessing’, featuring Year Thirteen soloists Jack Brown, Tyler Smith, Daniel Stewart and Stephen Wright, as well as Year Fourteen soloists Adam Blair, Garrett Robinson and Ben Russell.

The music provided by the Choir, conducted by Head of Music Miss Rosemary Foster and accompanied by fellow Music teacher Mr Jonathan Arnold, provided the perfect backdrop to an enjoyable evening of worship which also saw pupils in years eight - twelve, as well as Head Girl Lucy Hamilton, Head Boy James Magragth, the School’s Principal Dr. Frances Vasey and the Acting Dean’s Vicar, the Reverend Tim Close, 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 Kate Buchanan, along with her colleague Mrs Jane Caulfield, following the conclusion of the Service.

The School's Carol Service is undoubtedly one of the highlights of an extremely busy festive season for its much in-demand Music department; congratulations to everybody who helped to make Tuesday’s event such an enjoyable, entertaining and festive occasion - we hope it marks just the beginning of an enjoyable pre-Christmas period for everyone within the School.

The Acting Dean's Vicar the Reverend Tim Close, flanked by Dr. Vasey and Grosvenor's Head of Music Miss Rosemary Foster, alongside pupils (from left to right): Louise McAnea, Garrett Robinson, James Magrath and Rachel McConkey, prior to the School's Annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on the evening of Tuesday 18th December.