The Grey Coat Hospital

Church of England Comprehensive School for Girls

Chamber Choir

Chamber Choir on tour to Bath

At the end of an extremely long spring term twenty-five members of Chamber Choir from Years 7-13 went on a short tour to sing in the beautiful city of Bath. The main focus of our visit was to sing for the Palm Sunday services in Bath Abbey.

Chamber Choir in Bath

This was a huge responsibility and the choir responded brilliantly to the challenge singing for two services in the Abbey; Choral Matins and evensong. The Matins service was the Abbey’s main Sunday morning service and we found ourselves singing for a packed congregation on one of the most important days in the Church’s calendar. The choir led the service excellently coping with the many responses and psalms that had to be learnt.

The real highlight of the weekend came later with a stunning evensong in which the choir really excelled. Evensong is a fully choral service with the choir singing almost all of the time. The anthem Ex Ore Innocentium by John Ireland came across brilliantly and was started with an excellent solo by Oyin in Year 10.

Before the heavy schedule of Sunday there was more time on Saturday to explore the city. As well as some free time the students visited the amazing Roman Baths and the fashion museum where the students enjoyed dressing up as Victorian Women. In the evening we gave a full-length concert to a very appreciative audience in Christ Church Bath. Singing a full-length programme that included much of the repertoire the choir has sung in the last few years was a great achievement (especially for the Year 7s who only joined the choir recently). The concert also included some excellent vocal trios from Megan, Charis and Charlotte. Charlotte and Charis have been excellent members of the choir over many years and I would like to thank them for all their commitment.

I was incredibly proud of the whole choir over the weekend. They were brilliant ambassadors for the school and really did rise to the occasion.

Mr Walton