Grosvenor Chamber Choir @ the opening of 'C.S. Lewis Square'

Congratulations to the School’s renowned Chamber Choir which was invited to perform at the prestigious opening of the 'C.S. Lewis Square', situated at the intersection of the Connswater and Comber greenways, at the beginning of the current festive season.

As always Grosvenor’s choristers, accompanied on the night by Head of Music Miss Foster, wowed all in attendance with their performances of 'Land of Dreams' - music and lyrics by Nodlaig Brolly, arranged by Graeme Stewart, and 'Aslan' by Rod McVeigh, both of which were specially commisioned for the momentous occasion which served to commemorate Northern Ireland’s most renowned novelist.

The venue itself, which was constructed at a cost of £2.5 million and has a capacity for approximately 2000 people for events and celebrations was, as expected, full for its opening, which saw C.S. Lewis’ own stepson, Douglas Gresham, speak in memory of his stepfather before formally opening the square – the latest section to open on the £40 million Connswater Community Greenway.

The event also saw the unveiling of seven iconic sculptures within the square, which depict Aslan, Maugrim, Mr and Mrs Beaver, the Robin, the White Witch, the Stone Table and Mr Tumnus, all of which feature in Lewis’ celebrated ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’.

Douglas Gresham himself stated: “I am delighted to be back in Belfast again, particularly to celebrate the opening of C.S. Lewis Square. The last time I was here was back in 1998 when another now famous Belfast man, Keith Getty, and I put together a show to celebrate my stepfather's centenary! This is a wonderful city, and it’s a thrill that Jack (as he preferred to be called) is being honoured in this way. The Sculptures are terrific: I am sure that this square will be a great boost to Belfast, his childhood home which he so dearly loved.”

To be invited to perform at such an illustrious event truly was a huge honour for the School, its music department and, in particular, the pupils who did Grosvenor so proud on the night: it is just the latest example of Grosvenor’s reputation for musical excellence being recognised within the local community and, with this in mind, we look forward to reading of further such performances from GGS musicians over the coming months.

Members of Grosvenor's Chamber Choir in performance at the opening of 'C.S. Lewis Square' at the beginning of the current festive season.