Community Carol Service.

The Warwick School Hosts A Joyful Community Carol Service.

Holy Trinity Church, Redhill.

Tis the season to be jolly. Christmas means many things to different people but a traditional carol concert captures the true essence of the season: communities coming together in celebration and for many of us services signify a link with the past as generations of school choirs have performed O Little Town of Bethlehem, and sent congregations off with hopeful messages for the year to come.

The second week of December, is traditionally the time schools host their individual carol services.  The Warwick School, Redhill did not deviate and hosted a joyful and uplifting service at Holy Trinity Church, Redhill on 9th December.

 The service started with a solemn candlelit processional accompanied by music from the school choir, setting the scene for a respectful, reverential and celebratory evening.

Traditional carols were sang sweetly by the gathered congregation. The school’s music department had chosen wisely and not deviated from the classics, Once in Royal David’s City (with an outstanding solo by Natasha Beer, a Year 8 student) and O Come All Ye Faithful, to name but two.

Stand out moments were provided by the School’s choir and concert Band (which consists of both staff and student members) without sounding hyperbolic, both were magnificent. Mr S. Winter’s arrangement of ‘Not Another Christmas Piece’ provided toe- tapping moments of levity and a special thanks goes to musicians from the Mid Sussex Brass Band for accompanying.

Christmas Eve Sarajevo, with Rosanna Ciccone reading highlighted the true meaning of Christmas, peace and goodwill, it is an instrumental medley of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Shchedryk”. The piece describes a lone cello player playing a forgotten carol in war-torn Sarajevo. This was simply, a stunning performance and the musicians should be proud for giving the audience a magical thought provoking moment.

A special mention must go to Camilla Sulskute, a Year 7 student who gave a ‘hairs on the back of the neck moment’ with her solo performance of ‘Do you Have Room” by Shawna Belt Edwards. The duet between sisters Bethany and Rosanna Ciccone and the small group of cross year singers who led on Sing Gloria, Sing Noel were also of note and wonderfully heart-warming.

Readings were given by members of the school community. Praise and congratulations must go to the schools music department Mr Mike Costa and Mr S. Winter. Thanks also to The Reverend Sarah Alexander for leading prayers, Tim Hart from the Holy Trinity Sound Team, organist Geoffrey Redman and pianist Willow Rivers. All played their part in helping the students and staff of the Warwick School in giving a memorable Christmas evening.