Advent Carol Service
Mr Riley sent us the following report:
“On what must surely have been one of the mildest December days on record (and with both of its boilers on full blast), Maidstone's All Saints' Church was full to capacity, once again, for Invicta's Advent Carols Festival. There was a pervading sense of stillness and calm from the outset, helped by Ellie Hayward's ethereal harp playing and the sinewy string quartet texture of Brahms' great Advent choral prelude on Es ist ein' Ros' entsrpungen. With the main school Choir, Vocal Harmony Group and Chamber Choir all fully 'on song' the nave was repeatedly filled with beautiful sounds. There was variety a-plenty, with polished vocal solos (Yazmin Taylor and Lottie Wells), deluxe bespoke choral arrangements by Mr Heaton and the harking back to the days of 'The Parish Band' with Biss's rustic take on The Sussex Carol. Our lesson readers spoke clearly and slowly. Sarah Vincent brought the drama of the Shepherds' tale vividly to life and another particular noteworthy moment of beauty was Mrs Giles' rendition of Year 7 student Gladys Doherty's newly-minted Advent poem, which was beguiling in its poignancy and simplicity.
Thank you to all those who took part and supported this memorable evening, which was such a welcome respite from the hurly-burly and commercial pressures of this 'Festive' season.”
We were delighted that Maidstone Mayor Cllr Derek Butler was able to attend and thank you to Rev Ian Parrish, who yet again officiated over the service.
Thank you to Mr Riley and Mr Heaton for their hard work preparing the students and for playing so many instruments at the service namely cello, piano, organ and violin. We also want to thank Mr Raggett, whose accompaniment on both piano and violin was superb.
A big thanks to the team from FIGS who provided mulled wine and mince pies before the service and to Mrs Owen for her hard work behind the scenes.
The retiring collection will be donated to the five RAG charities: King’s College Hospital, Mind, Make A Wish Foundation, The Darent Valley Hospital Lollipop Fund and Porchlight.