St Stephen’s Church in Tonbridge provided the perfect setting for our Junior Carol Service again this year. In the setting of such a beautiful church, our children were able to experience a wonderful service amongst friends and families. Mr Shute welcomed everyone, and Reverend Sheila Perkins followed with a prayer.
Carols were interspersed with confident and expressive readings from various Year Three and Four children, telling the Nativity Story. Congregational carols bookended our service, with the traditional ‘Away in a Manger’ to start and the rousing ‘See Amid the Winter’s Snow’ to finish.
Year Three loved singing their song ‘Midnight’, a jazzy, swing number, which told of Angels and Shepherds, and Year Four’s wonderfully uplifting ‘Cowboy Carol’ got us in the saddle, as they sang with excitement and vigour. These were followed by the beautiful ‘Carol of the Children’ written by the Christmas choral champion, Rutter, for which Year Three and Four pupils joined together to sing in beautiful harmony.
Julian Thomas, the Head of Academic Music at Tonbridge School, accompanied the children on the organ and piano, adding further majesty to the occasion.
A beautiful way to lift our spirits and end the term.