On Monday evening the wider school community gathered in the magnificent setting of Croydon Minster for the Wilson's Carol Service. With the events of 2020 having necessitated a slightly different format last year, it was wonderful to see pupils, families, friends, staff, governors, and Old Wilsonians come together again to celebrate. The final preparations began with an afternoon of rehearsals for both the readers (skilfully coached by Mrs Fletcher) and the singers and brass players, ably conducted by our Director of Choral Music, Mr Christopher Hann.
We were treated to a veritable feast of words and music, with traditional carols such as God rest ye merry gentlemen and The first Nowell interspersed with some wonderful choral treats, such as John Joubert's spritely Torches and Peter Warlock's intimate Bethlehem Down. Pupils of all ages delivered polished readings which had the audience transfixed. The School Captain's reading of New Every Morning by Susan Coolidge held a particularly poignant message of hope for the future which struck a chord with everyone present.
There was a delightful festive atmosphere and smiles aplenty, with Hark! The Herald Angels sing being a particular highlight of the evening. The retiring collection was in aid of Centrepoint, the school's charity for 2021-22; many thanks to those who gave so generously to support their work in combatting youth homelessness.