On Monday 3rd December, a delighted audience were treated to the annual Richard Lander School Christmas Carol Service in Truro Cathedral.
Masterminded by Mr Pascoe and Mrs Whomersley, the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, featured all of the school choirs, 9 readings by students from all year groups, a procession and 2 performances by year 7 and 8 students, solos by Kyran Richardson, Matthew Secombe, Christie Van Tinteren and prayers and blessings from The Very Reverend Roger Bush; Dean of Truro.
The variety of music performed ranged from popular carols from Dowland, Tallis and Palestrina Choirs to less well known classical pieces from across the ages. Changing Voices choir gave a beautiful rendition of “Angelus and Virginem” from the 13th Century and there were performances of 2 brand new pieces of music, “Cradled in a Manger” and “Here in this Place,” which had been composed specially by Mr Pascoe for this occasion.
The evening reached a crescendo with the performance of “Convidando esta la noche,” a South American Baroque piece composed by Zespedes. This involved the school guitar group, guitar teacher Mr Toms, the recorder group including ex-students and Taverner Choir and was followed by a spontaneous round of applause from the audience—a very rare occurrence in a carol service.
Mr Greg Peters, Chair of Governors said: “I was very moved by the Richard Lander School Carol Service. I have attended the Cathedral on many occasions, not least of which because I used to sing in the Cathedral Choir and became Head Chorister, and on no occasion ever have I witnessed the congregation break into applause. Therefore, to witness this happen was really wonderful and a tribute to the school of which I am rightly proud.”