Wednesday 12th December 2018
Last Friday saw the annual High March Carol Service at St Mary's & All Saints Church, Beaconsfield led by Reverend Sharon Roberts. This is a wonderful occasion which very much signals the start of the Christmas season for High March families.
The Carol Service commenced with some wonderful pre-service Christmas music from both the Flute Choir and Guitar Ensemble, helping to set the standard for the rest of the service. The lights dimmed as the solo first verse of 'Once in Royal David's City' was beautifully sung from the organ loft by Jessica I, followed by a magical candlelit procession by Year 3 down the centre aisle. This very much set the festive mood for the service with the congregation being treated to a wonderful array of prayers, readings, poems and carols. Each year group, as well as the three Upper School choirs, sang a carol with tremendous feeling and enthusiasm, with Year 6’s carol commencing with enchanting solos from Elise and Chloe. The final carol involved the whole school joining together to sing the popular traditional carol, 'The Sussex Carol' arranged by Jonathan Willcocks. These were all expertly accompanied by the church’s resident organist, Mr David Hackett. Each of the Year 6 classes recited wonderfully festive poems by unknown authors, 6K performing 'A Christmas Alphabet Poem' and 6O ‘If I am’. Throughout the service Year 6 girls read the traditional nine lessons from the pulpit. These were all delivered with clear diction and confidence by Hannah, Molly, Niamh, Saachi, Sophie S, Isabel, Phoebe, Celina, Sophie B and Iris, with Mrs Clifford providing the final reading. The service concluded with the popular carol, 'O Come All Ye Faithful', with Year 6 providing a delightful descant to accompany the final verse.
Well done to all the girls in Upper School.