Register 2020

CHAPEL CHOIR Despite many interruptions to the Chapel Choir’s calendar this year due to Covid-19, the choir still managed to complete a successful year and has continued to be a large part of College life while leading the school at services and events. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the New Zealand Choral Federation’s Big Sing national competition and a European tour planned for September were unable to go ahead. The choir of 88 boys achieved its primary goal of leading the school at weekday and Sunday Chapel services when they were able to resume following the Covid disruption. Although Sunday Chapel services were not possible until Term 4, the choir was able to prepare a work which had been planned for our tour repertoire, Louis Vierne’s “Messe Solennelle” (Solemn Mass). The choir worked hard towards the performance of this piece on All Saints Day. It was an incredible service, with the choir accompanied by organists Jeremy Woodside and Year 10 student Joshua Hooker. This performance served as a good alternative for the cancelled

Old Boy Wills Wynn Thomas. When asked in a post-match interview the Alpha’s said they followed their mission of “Each boy at his zest” all the way to lunchtime success. All these events fulfilled our mission of encouraging and providing opportunities for students across all year groups to engage with the arts. I would be remiss not to thank the entire committee and, in particular, Ben Davis for his incredible commitment, which allowed us to put on the best events possible and ensure their success. Of course, none of this could happen at all without the dynamic duo that is David Chambers and Robyn Peers, whose tutelage I have been extremely privileged to have. I am and I know legions of students are eternally grateful, whether they know it or not, for the huge impact these two individuals have had on their lives and the people they have become. The arts have given me and countless others a chance to flourish, lead and learn about themselves. The least we can do is try and give as many opportunities as possible to as many people as possible.

tour and allowed the choir to work towards something important during rehearsals. Lockdown was a time that made the boys reflect on what we had lost this year and some of the things we took for granted – and, as we were able to resume rehearsals and services, we doubly appreciated the Chapel Choir and the opportunities it brings. Fortunately, as alert levels eased the choir, in keeping with tradition, was able to hold its annual Advent Service and Carols on the Quad. The Advent Service saw the Chapel Choir joined by Medbury School, which meant Henry Purcell’s “Rejoice in the Lord Alway” could be performed with added treble presence. Carols on the Quad once again proved to be a highlight of the choir's calendar, and well supported by the College community. We were lucky to enjoy favourable weather conditions after a bit of uncertainty due to a few wet days. A special mention needs to be made of Year 9 student Angus Whitteker’s solo in the opening of “Once in Royal David’s City”. Another notable mention must be made of cello soloist Jasmine Hooker, who flawlessly accompanied John Rutter’s

Jamie Yee Head of Arts & Culture


Christ’s College Canterbury

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