The annual ‘Be a Chorister for a Day’ is always a lovely event, enjoyed by both Dean Close Prep School and Tewkesbury Abbey. A record 13 visitors aged between 6-10 yrs from a variety of local schools and choirs joined Schola Cantorum for the afternoon, learning a Magnificat and an Anthem in preparation for the daily Evensong service at the Abbey.
While the boys had a short singing practice, Simon Bell, Director of Choral Music at Dean Close, talked to eager parents about the life of a chorister at DCPS and the benefits of being part of Schola Cantorum, drawing on the views of a former chorister and also a chorister parent to create a full picture of the chorister experience.
After a run around in the playground and ‘buns’ for tea, the boys jumped on the bus with current Schola choristers to get to the Abbey in time for a rehearsal with the whole choir, including the Lay Clerks (male voices).
Evensong was attended by parents and grandparents, DCPS staff, former choristers and their parents, all of whom enjoyed not only the wonderful music and magnificent Tewkesbury Abbey, but also watching the visitors so engaged with the music and being such positive and keen participants. All were presented with a Certificate of Attendance for their contribution to a happy and uplifting afternoon’s activity.
Paddy Moss, Headmaster, said “It was wonderful to witness such concentration amongst the visitors singing along with our own current and former choristers, and from where I was sitting, I could hear some lovely voices too.”