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Festive Cheer at Christmas Choral Concert

17 December 2019 | Tagged: Senior School, Music, Events, Trips

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Hundreds of pupils and staff came together last night for an evening of festive music at the annual HSOG Senior Christmas Choral Concert, taking place in the spectacular surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral.

Welcomed by Glasgow Cathedral Minister Reverend Mark Johnstone, the audience of parents, friends of the School and invited guests took their seats and prepared for a night of excitement.  

Proceedings started with the 40-strong Junior School Chamber Choir who performed the beautiful 'This is the Birthday' and 'Away in a Manger', followed by the brilliant 'Clap Your Hands, Rejoice!'. The youngsters were followed by the Transitus-S2 Canto Choir, the Intermediate Girls' and Chamber Choirs, who performed a mixture of traditional and modern Christmas carols. The choirs were interspersed with a performance from the School String Ensemble, featuring solo performances from Reuben Gilson-Barnett (S6) and Helena Downie (S4). 

The second half of the show welcomed the 70-strong Senior Choir and Orchestra, following hot on the heels of their performance at the Scratch Youth Messiah Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The Choir, featuring staff and pupils, performed excerpts from Handel's 'Messiah', closing with a rousing performance of 'Hallelujah' that had the audience on their feet. Soloists Pippa Meek, Maryam Khan (both S6) and Amy Higgins (S5) wowed audiences with their singing talents performing 'Air: He shall feed his flock like a shepherd' and 'Air: How beautiful are the feet of them'.

The Senior Choir brought the evening to a festive close with a medley of Christmas hits including 'Ding Dong Merrily on High' and 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas'. 

Well done to all involved on another captivating Choral Concert, from the pupils throughout the Junior and Senior Schools to the conductors, directors, coaches and accompanists who made the evening possible and put a merry spring in the step of the High School Community as Christmas approaches.

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