Choral concert

Music Choral and Vocal

Singing is at the heart of Blundell’s and choral music is of an exceptional standard. In 2017 Blundell’s Chamber Choir reached the final of the National Choral Competition and performed to a sell-out audience on the stage of the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. The link below will take you to a video of one of the pieces performed in the competition that evening.

National Choral Competitionwww.youtube.com/watch?v=T_LlgmopTxI

For those more interested in Musical Theatre, Blundell’s offers the very best in this genre. The most recent Senior Production was the complete Broadway version of Sondheim’s Into the Woods, a compilation of which can be seen by clicking on the link below.

Into the Woodswww.youtube.com/watch?v=px5t3icm_YU

Choirs

There are four Choirs singing a variety of sacred and secular music. There are regular services inside and outside of school, including recent services at Exeter, Bath, Gloucester, Wells and Truro Cathedrals. There are also annual school musicals and annual choir trips abroad, including most recently Tuscany, Barcelona, Venice and Prague. A major choral work is performed every year in the Spring Concert with soloists from the pupil body. Singers from Blundell’s regularly progress to top music colleges or become choral scholars at Oxbridge.

School Choir

The School Choir is always busy and has plenty of exciting opportunities. An incredibly wide variety of music is performed to very high standard, ranging from pieces composed way back in the sixteenth century to new material written especially for the choir.

In addition to contributing to the regular school services on Sundays, the choir helps mark the special occasions on which the Blundell’s community comes together to worship, commemorate and celebrate. This includes services for Harvest, Remembrance, Advent, Christmas, Passiontide, and Old Blundellian Day.

The engagements undertaken very clearly illustrate the growing maturity and quality of the singing by the School Choir, who have been shown to be equally at home in the school chapel as they are in filling the cavernous spaces of continental cathedrals. The choir is always full of energy, enthusiasm and quality and is a tremendous ensemble to be a part of.

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Chamber Choir

The Chamber Choir is drawn from the best singers of the School Choir, and meets once a week to have a look at more advanced and challenging repertoire. They are an enormously capable and receptive group, equally at home with music of the Italian Renaissance as with the holy minimalism of John Tavener.

In addition to contributing to the major services, the Chamber Choir also performs its own services at home and away. Outside of a liturgical context, the Chamber Choir has also performs concerts of Advent and Christmas music in the local area and contributes to the Spring Concert and to the festivities of Speech Day.

The Chamber Choir are always to be commended for tackling a wide range of difficult repertoire with such enthusiasm and quality. There is plenty to look forward to with even more ambitious programmes and performing opportunities in the years to come.

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Year 7 Choir

Year 7 all sing in either the Boys or the Girls Choir. The choirs rehearse once a week and perform a variety of popular music as well as music for services such as Harvest, Armistice Day and the Carol Service. The choirs often join together in performance to sing more complex harmony parts. The Choir is primarily aimed at having fun with singing and performances are often high energy, be it in SH tea-time concerts or in larger school concerts such as the annual Spring Concert.

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Repertoire List 2014-17

Miserere Allegri
And I Saw A New Heaven Bainton
Tibie Paiom Bortniansky
A New Year Carol Britten
Jubilate Deo Britten
New Year Carol Britten
The Birth of Nicolas Britten
Ave Maria Bruckner
Christus factus est Bruckner
Locus iste Bruckner
The Shepherd’s Carol Chilcott
In the bleak midwinter Darke
Seek Him that maketh the seven stars Dove
Requiem Duruflé
Ubi caritas et amor Duruflé
Fear not, O land Elgar
Only in sleep Esenvalds
Trinity Te Deum Esenvalds
Dolce et Decorum Est Farley
Requiem Fauré
Riu Riu Chiu Fletxa
Washing of the water Gabriel
This is the record of John Gibbons
For the Fallen Gibbs
The Lord is my shepherd Goodall
For the fallen Guest
Joseph and the Angel Halgrimsson
Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo Haydn
Away in a manger Hill
Like as the hart Howells Howells
Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Collegium Regale) Howells
Litany to the Holy Spirit Hurford
Greater love Ireland
A Mass for Peace Jenkins
Torches Joubert
O Magnum Mysterium Lauridsen
I Will give My Love an Apple Leaman
Silent Night Leaman
Drop, drop, slow tears Leighton
The Souls of the Righteous Lewis
Sir Christémas Mathias
Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in Bm Noble
Nunc dimittis Noble
O Magnum Mysterium Ole Gjeilo
Matin Responsory Palestrina
I was glad Parry
Bogoroditse djevo Pärt
The Deer’s Cry Pärt
I Saw Three Ships Preston
Faure Requiem Requiem
Reading Responses Responses
Afterdance - Proper Exercise Roth
Magnificat and Nunc dimittis [Hatfield Service] Roth
Snowflakes Roth
Times and Seasons Roth
For the Beauty of the Earth Rutter
Nativity Carol Rutter
Sans Day Carol Rutter
God so loved the world Stainer
For lo, I raise up Stanford
Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in G Stanford
The Bluebird Stanford
The Earth is the Lord’s Stanford
If ye love me Tallis Tallis
Responses Tallis
The Lamb Tavener
Fantasia on Christmas Carols Vaughan Williams
This is the truth Vaughan Williams
Jubilate Deo Walton
Bethlehem Down Warlock
Lux Arumque Whitacre
Give us the wings of faith Whitbourn
Ding dong merrily on high Wilberg
Sussex Carol Willcocks
The Infant King Willcocks