On Sunday October 15th the Year 8 members of the Senior Choir were accompanied by Mr Fowlds, Mrs Roberson and Miss Serbrock to Glenalmond College to enjoy a day of singing with the Glenalmond Chapel Choir. Four visiting choirs from Scottish prep schools joined us there too, making an impressively large body of singers in total.
Despite our early start to the day (leaving at 7.15am) we arrived in high spirits, in plenty of time for the first rehearsal. There were four short rehearsals throughout the day, with breaks for lunch, afternoon tea and two activities. The Spanish cooking activity was great fun, the food was delicious and we learnt about tapas, whilst the French rap activity was humorous and energetic.
The pipe band gave a wonderful display just before the evening service, which was well attended. It was lovely to see Henry Wallace (former Director of Music at Mowden) accompanying on the organ. The service flowed beautifully, from the calm opening address to a lively organ solo at the end, and Matthew delivered his reading clearly and confidently.
After the service we travelled into Perth for a sumptuous feast at Paco’s restaurant, via some interesting city sights (courtesy of Miss Serbrock’s satnav!), and then had a restful sleep at Glenalmond.
After breakfast we packed up, said our thanks and goodbyes then set off for home, via Seahouses where we stopped for lunch. Despite the strange weather; lots of rain, fog and ominous looking reddish brown skies, we made it home just 15 minutes later than expected.
Our children proved to be great ambassadors for the school and I know that Glenalmond are appreciative of our involvement. Thanks are due to Mrs Roberson for her work in preparing the children for the day. Mr Hampton for preparing our reader, Miss Serbrock for her assistance, but most of all to Dr Ridley and all the staff at Glenalmond College who accommodated us for the day.
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