King's St Alban's

10 September

Hymn singing has returns with gusto!

Pupils and staff alike are overjoyed that hymn singing has returned to King’s St Alban’s with gusto as the Autumn term gets underway.

It has been a real joy to return to the rhythm of normal school life following an extended period of COVID restrictions. Over the last eighteen months, when permitted, weekly hymn practices have continued, with Mr Freestone broadcasting rehearsals to the children in their class bubbles via Teams. While this worked surprisingly well, there is nevertheless nothing quite like the joy of singing hymns as part of a large, enthusiastic congregation, so our first hymn practice in many months was met with great excitement.

Children raised the roof with tuneful renditions being heard well beyond the walls of our school chapel. Old favourites, including ‘Shine, Jesus, Shine’ carried across the quad whilst pupils relished the opportunity to sing less familiar hymns in preparation for the forthcoming start of term service in the Cathedral. The service, to be held on Tuesday, 14th September, will see the King’s St Alban’s pupils come together with those from King’s Hawford as part of the wider King’s Foundation. Having not sung in the Cathedral for some time, with many having never sung in such a majestic building, the pupils are looking forward to singing their hearts out.

Hymn singing and choral music has always played a central role at King’s St Alban’s, being the school attended by the Worcester Cathedral choristers, a historic tradition of which we are extremely proud. It is a pleasure to see that the chorister body in the school is going from strength-to-strength, welcoming new faces this term. We look forward to sharing further details about the choristers over the coming weeks.

Over the coming weeks, we can certainly look forward to many assemblies and indeed informal concerts and performances, flexing our singing muscles and developing our repertoire.