Following weeks of rehearsal and preparation, the seven Borlase choirs took part in the annual Christmas concert, held at All Saint’s Church in Marlow, in the days leading up to the Christmas holiday. As with last year, popular demand meant that two services were open for parents to attend; these took place on the 18th of december, while those for students were on the following morning. The concert held even more significance this year, as it was the last to be enjoyed by Dr Holding in the position of headmaster. From his own words, it is clear that the services did not disappoint. In addition to the traditional carols sung with the congregation, senior choir ‘Cantorum’ performed a number of pieces including my personal favourite, ‘The Shepherd’s Carol’ by Bob Chilcott. Junior choirs focused on a range of material, from the more traditional and latin based choral score, to that which was contemporary and modern. The senior choirs were also able to offer a variety of moods and styles; gospel choir performed two more traditional carols, one of which was arranged by year 13 student Mary-Anne Grego, while Madriguys sang a more upbeat piece and chapel choir, a latin composition. The standard of the choirs was, as always, very high and the concert was enjoyable for both listeners and performers- an amazing event to be part of, and a perfect means of inspiring festive spirit in all that were present.
Alex Rowlands Year 12