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Angelic Choristers sing at Lancing College

Posted: 11th May 2016 | Category: Drama

Shrouded in low cloud as we approached from the A27, Lancing College Chapel looked suitably mysterious.  As the children commented, the whole school looked like Hogwarts, which is unsurprising as it was – apparently – the first choice of location for the Harry Potter series.

We were greeted by a number of staff from the Music department and invited into the cloisters of this magnificent building in 13th century English Gothic style.  Having been introduced to those leading the afternoon rehearsals, the Prep schools were divided into two rehearsal groups.  During just two hours of rehearsals, the schools learned four pieces to be performed at an evening service.

The children were well looked after.  There were refreshments on offer and the much anticipated visit to the school tuck shop.  No-one was able to meet my challenge of eating their doughnut without licking their lips!

One of the conductors, John Hancorn, I have known for some years as we were at Trinity College of Music at the same time.  He is a fine singer himself and had an easy rapport with these young singers.   Mr Cox, Director of Chapel music, Mr Hancorn and their colleague, Yvonne Patrick, led the Prep school pupils through music as diverse as an African Alleluya, a Spiritual song, an anthem and the Hallelujah chorus.

The final service was the climax to a wonderful afternoon.  Lucy and Millie read the second lesson with great assurance in front of a packed ‘congregation’.  The Lancing College Choral Scholars sang with the Prep school children, adding harmony to their melody lines.  They also gave a beautiful rendition of Adam’s Holy City.  Looking angelic in their surplices, our children did themselves proud, as befits Skippers children!


Carolyn Holleyman

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