During a Choir trip to Rome in July 2018, the Worth Choir enjoyed the unique privilege of singing in the Sistine Chapel. In doing so, Worth became the only School Choir ever to be invited to sing alone in the Sistine. The occasion – and the trip as a whole – was a magical experience for all those who took part. The Choir sang three pieces in the Sistine Chapel. Earlier in the day, they sang at Mass in St Peter’s, enjoyed a tour of the Basilica and saw the Pope’s private chapel, which is not open to the public. They also visited Basilica di San Clemente, the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon, as well as signing at Mass at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.
Moving tributes were paid to retiring Director of Music Mr Michael Oakley at the 2018 Summer Concert. Fr Stephen, who was Head Master when Mr Oakley was appointed in 1992, talked about his "transfiguring effect on music at Worth". The evening included performances from the Saxophone Ensemble, the Camerata, School Orchestra and friends, plus the Schola Cantorum, who were joined by Worthian musicians. There were also two solo performances and a soprano duet. The highlight of the concert was the first performance of Sir James MacMillan's 'Sing Joyfully to the Lord' composed in honour of Mr Oakley's service to the School and Abbey.
House Music 2018 was another fabulous occasion with some outstanding performances and certain staff described it as the best for years. Nine houses each performed a choral, solo and ensemble piece in a packed Performing Arts Centre. The solo pieces were particularly impressive, with a range of instruments including harp, violin, oboe and piano plus two superb vocal pieces. Gervase were this year’s winners. Pictures by Howard Griggs. Watch the Gervase ensemble perform 'I wan'na be like you' here: https://youtu.be/C4aU78bgI4s
The Choir, featuring past and present Worth students, sang superbly at the second annual Worthians Carol Service at St Patrick's Church, Soho Square, London. More than 250 people attended the event in December. There were readings from Head Master Mr Stuart McPherson plus four Worthians.
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