Michaelmas Term has been an incredibly busy, yet rewarding, few months for our choristers. The Whitgift Chamber Choir travelled to Coventry Cathedral, where they had an opportunity to explore the unique 20th-century architecture, before rehearsals and the Evensong performance.
Later in the term, Whitgift Chamber Choir joined forces with the Choirs of Croydon Minster, the Whitgift-Minster Choral Society and the Academy of Haling Park, for a special concert featuring Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem). Director of Choral Music, Mr Ronny Krippner, praised the singers: “The 140-strong choir delivered an incredible sound, particularly in the second movement (For all flesh is as grass), leaving a real impact on those who attended; an impressive feat from the boys – mastering the demanding choral work and singing the entire Requiem in German!”
Whitgift’s Christmas season started, as has become tradition, with the choristers’ annual carol performance at The Ritz London, led by Mr Krippner who commented, “The boys performed extremely well and were aptly rewarded by the hotel with a most exquisite selection of finger sandwiches and an unlimited supply of delicious hot cocoa.”
Next in the choral calendar came the Christmas Concert at St George’s Church, Hanover Square, featuring the Chamber Choir and the Chamber Orchestra (directed by Mr Philip Winter), presenting a wonderful collection of seasonal classics, including a rather quirky arrangement of We Three Kings, by Stuart Nicholson. The School’s Michaelmas Term finale was the traditional Whitgift Carol Service, at a packed Croydon Minster; a service which remains incredibly popular and is a highlight of the choral year.
Our singers also performed at a number of stunning choral services and concerts at Croydon Minster; including the Civic Service of Remembrance, the Advent Carol Service, the Town Carol Service (in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Croydon), the particularly popular Candlelight Concert, as well as Midnight Mass and the Christmas Day service.
In addition to the above performances, five of our Whitgift Minster Choristers were invited this year to participate at The Feast of the Boar’s Head, at Cutlers’ Hall. This ancient Christmas dinner, rooted in medieval history and hosted by The Cutlers' Company, saw the boys process into the hall in their red cassocks, carrying lamps and singing the Boar’s Head Carol, for guests including the Lord Mayor of London.
Well done also to Lower Third Form student, Ben Duffy, who won the coveted ‘Christmas Treble Award 2017’, and performed with the London Mozart Players in December at St Johns, Upper Norwood.