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Festive service brings schools together

Published on 14/12/18

Pupils, staff, and parents from across the Inspiration Trust family of schools came together to celebrate the festive season with an evening of traditional readings and carols.

Held at the medieval St Andrew’s Hall in Norwich on Wednesday, December 12, the Inspiration Trust’s annual Christmas service featured readings, carols, and music by pupils and staff from its schools in Cromer, Great Yarmouth, Norwich, Lowestoft, and Thetford.

Cromer Academy pupil Anwyn Chapman opened the concert with the solo for Once In Royal David’s City as a candlelit procession led through the hall.

Readings were given by Norwich Primary Academy pupil Sophia Gowen on the prophecy of the birth of Jesus; Cobholm Primary Academy pupil Crystal Vide on Gabriel’s visit to Mary; Finn Alderman from Great Yarmouth Charter Academy on the story of the birth of Jesus; and Hethersett Academy's Watty Riley on the shepherds’ visit to Jesus.

Joint choirs and orchestras from the Trust’s primary and secondary schools performed traditional festive pieces including Away In A Manger and Gaudete, while the audience joined in for hymns including O Come, All Ye Faithful and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

Cy George-Samuels from Jane Austen College and Hethersett Academy student Rhiannon Roberts performed the solos in Christina Rossetti’s In The Bleak Mid-Winter.



The programme was put together by Inspiration Trust director of music John Stephens, with music staff across the schools helping to coordinate rehearsals and performances.

Inspiration Trust chief executive Dame Rachel de Souza, who read the final lesson on the mystery of the Incarnation, said: “We are delighted to bring our pupils and families together for this joyful evening, which is one of the cultural highlights of our school year.

“To perform in front of family and friends in such a beautiful venue is an experience that we hope will stay with our young people forever.”