In early December, students, staff, family and friends of the College were welcomed into the Cathedral Church of St Michael and St George in Aldershot for a Celebration of Christmas; the music department’s first live Christmas event since December 2019!
The concert included a variety of ensemble performances from the Chamber Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Big Band, Chamber Choir and Contemporary Voices, as well as congregational carols and readings by both staff and students. The atmosphere within the venue was warm, despite the winter chill. Small, tasteful elements of Christmas could be seen in the students’ attire from tinsel to Christmas themed waistcoats!
Starting with the traditional carol, ‘O come all ye faithful’, the whole Cathedral Church was united in song. Second year student, Connie Shadbolt, then perfectly set the scene of the Nativity for the rest of the evening by reading a short extract from the Bible.
First year student, Lauren Main, delivered a brilliant soprano solo, singing ‘The Little Road To Bethlehem’, accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra. This was followed by ‘There Is No Rose’ by Alan Smith which was beautifully sung by the Chamber Choir in the gallery of the Cathedral in darkness. Contemporary Voices and Big Band then collaborated with an energetic performance of ‘Christmas On Broadway’ by John Higgins.
The evening came to a close on a high note with a final congregational carol, ‘Hark! The Herald Angels sing’. There was a retiring collection with all donations going to Help for Heroes - a fantastic total of over £300 was raised for the charity!
Matt Prudente-Poulton, Curriculum Manager for Music Technology, commented, “From the standard of the performances, to the quality and impact of the sound production, this was a truly special night from start to finish. We are so proud of everyone who took part.”
Richard Robbins, Music Enrichment Support said, “The concert was a real showcase of the depth and breadth of talent the College has. The students should be commended for their skill, encouragement of each other and collective joy; I was very proud of them all.”