The Summer Concert 2016

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The choir kicked off this years cavalcade of talent with One Day More from Les Miserables to be followed by our percussion teacher Mr Kimber  leading the percussion group in a piece called Carnival.  Two of the group were unable to attend at the last minute on Wednesday but a very happy Mr Kimber happened to spot one of his other students, Jamie  in the audience.  He generously agreed to help out.  Miss Harrington-Booth also took the opportunity to thank Mr Kimber for his commitment to the school.

A very colourful staff choir were accompanied by strings to sing Coldplay’s Viva la Vida.  Mr Ford played the piano for their lounge bar rendition of Fly Me To The Moon.

Year 11 student Joe Brown sang his GCSE composition This Last Goodbye  after which the recorder ensemble treated us two two pieces called Don’t Give Up and Peach Pie .  Year 13 A’Level student sang his two exam pieces Fear No More the Heat of the Sun from  Cymbeline and Purcell’s Anacreon’s Defeat.

The glorious wind band were up next with The Pirates of the Carabbean, Twist and Shout and  Is This the Way to Amarillo.  Mrs Butcher was most insistent on some audience participation for Amarillo, even conducting us on when to clap.  Miss Harrington-Booth thanked Mrs Butcher for giving up her lunch time each day she is in school for the sake of our musicians.

During the break refreshments were served and raffle tickets were sold to raise money for the Choir’s tour to Paris in 2017.  We also had the chance to guess how many sweets were in the jar and to name the choir’s monkey mascot. Thanks must be extended to our supportive parents who provide the refreshments and also to Mrs Barnett Who’s company promised to match whatever we raised on Wednesday night

The second half started with Mrs Butcher again leading.  This time the Samba Jamba entertained us with Bournemouth Samba!  The next two peaces took a more classical turn with the string ensemble performing Karl Jenkins’ Palladio and A Level student Sam Collins playing his exam piece Prelude from Five Bagatelles on the clarinet accompanied by Mr Ford on the piano.

But then we rocked it!  Resident rock group The Monarchy in Black, Made up of Matthew and Sean with guests Bel and Jamie (the percussionist from earlier)  played their own composition, Lights, followed by Bruno Mars’ Locked Out of Heaven.  The junior choir added to the contemporary feel with Pharell Williams’ Happy.

Finally we ended wit the choir singing a medley from Wicked.  We have had an excellent year with growth in many of our ensembles.

All we need now is a name for this young man  Mascot   (but what’s his name?)


Symphonia Verbum

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On Monday 9th in the school chapel and Wednesday 11th at St Michael and All Angels Croydon, the choir performed a Symphonia Verbum (symphony of the Word) concert.
The concert stared with two pieces reflecting canticles of the Divine Office, the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, both by Brewer.  The Junior Choir followed with an Irish Blessing by Chilcott and The Call by Vaughan Williams.
Like as the Hart and Lead me Lord were followed by Mendelssohn’s Hear my Prayer, part of which is the famous Oh for the Wings of a Dove, the solo’s executed exquisitely by Lewis Connor in Year Eight.
Drop, Drop, Slow Tears and Greater Love Hath No Man preceded the Staff choir singing  Elgar’s Ave Varum Corpus and Stabat Mater.  The hour long concert concluded with O Magnum Mysterium and finally I was Glad by Parry, the anthem to which the Duchess of Cambridge walked down the Aisle.
At the second concert on Wednesday at St Michael’s a few prayers were added.  At the end of the concert Mrs Curzon paid particular tribute to how Mr Litchfield and Mr Matthews have enhanced the music department this year.

Epilogue 28 April



Introit                                  Lead me, Lord                                                      S.S.Wesley

Reading                               Mark, Chapter 16, Verses 14-20

Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen.  And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.  And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.  And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.

Psalm 65                                Thou O God art praised in Sion                         E.J.Hopkins

The psalm was followed by the prayers

Anthem                                 Greater love hath no man                                  John Ireland

Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it. Love is strong as death. Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends. Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree,

that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness. Ye are washed, ye are sanctified ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus. Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation; That ye should show forth the praises of him who hath call’d you out of darkness into his marvellous light.

I beseech you brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies, a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto to God, which is your reasonable service

Final Hymn                         Thine be the Glory


An invitation to sing

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Two of our students recently lost their ‘surrogate grandad’ Mr Michael Beswick, who the boys knew as Grandad B.  We had the privilege of being invited to sing at his funeral at St Elphege’s on Wednesday 20 April.

We sang  Here I am Lord as Mr Beswick was bought into church by his family.  At communion we roused the congregation with How Great Thou Art and led the congregation with Lord Of All Hopefulness at the end.

We were pleased with our contribution and hoped the family were too.  Then this morning the following was posted on our Facebook page

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so they were.



Becket House Epilogue


Introit                  Ave Verum                                             W. Byrd

Reading              Our Lord’s temptation in the wilderness

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit through the wilderness, being tempted there by the devil for forty days. During that time he ate nothing and at the end he was hungry. Then the devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to turn into a loaf.’ But Jesus replied, ‘Scripture says: Man does not live on bread alone.’
Then leading him to a height, the devil showed him in a moment of time all the kingdoms of the world and said to him, ‘I will give you all this power and the glory of these kingdoms, for it has been committed to me and I give it to anyone I choose. Worship me, then, and it shall all be yours.’ But Jesus answered him, ‘Scripture says:  You must worship the Lord your God and serve him alone.’
Then he led him to Jerusalem and made him stand on the parapet of the Temple. ‘If you are the Son of God,’ he said to him ‘throw yourself down from here, for scripture says: He will put his angels in charge of you to guard you, and again: They will hold you up on their hands in case you hurt your foot against a stone.’ But Jesus answered him, ‘It has been said: You must not put the Lord your God to the test.’
Having exhausted all these ways of tempting him, the devil left him, to return at the appointed time

 Psalm 135          Misericordes Sicut Pater             P. Inwood                                                 


 Anthem               Wash me throughly                             S. Wesley

Hymn                  Forty days and forty nights




Fisher House Epilogue

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Introit                  The Presentation of Christ in the temple  J. Eccard (1598)

Reading               Malachi 3: 1-4

I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.

But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness,and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years.

Psalm                  Psalm 27: 1-7 by  J. L. Hopkins

The prayers were followed by Stanford’s arrangement of Nunc Dimmittis after whgich the congregation joined us singing Christ Is Made The Sure Foundation


Christ is made the sure foundation,

Christ the head and cornerstone;

Chosen of the Lord and precious,

Binding all the church in one;

Holy Zion’s help forever,

And her confidence alone.



Here vouchsafe to all Thy servants

What they ask of Thee to gain;

What they gain from Thee forever

With the blessed to retain,

And hereafter in Thy glory

Evermore with Thee to reign.




To this temple, where we call Thee,

Come, O Lord of Hosts, today!

With Thy faithful loving-kindness

Hear Thy people as they pray,

And Thy fullest benediction

Shed within its walls alway.



Laud and honour to the Father,

Laud and honour to the Son,

Laud and honour to the Spirit,

Ever Three and ever One;

One in might and one in glory,

While unending ages run.