Reception’s Uptown Funk!
It was a case of watch out Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars [Read More]
“Little friends may become great friends”
4T produced an excellent Assembly this morning [Read More]
Costly Copper Coins
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Bonjour et bienvenue à notre assemblée
Thanks to the arrival of Dr Roberts, Form 5R took us on a brilliant tour of Paris [Read More]
Form 2 going Potty!
As part of their activity projects, Form 2 spent Tuesday afternoon [Read More]
Dining with Form 6
Following his tradition of personally dining [Read More]
A taste of St. Ed’s
We were delighted to welcome so many of our 7+ candidates to our taster day [Read More]
A Close Shave
Gone are the days of mundane and monotonous spelling tests [Read More]
A Box of Delights
Currently studying traditional tales in their English class [Read More]
Je suis Charlie
In the first senior Chapel service of the New Year, the Headmaster preached [Read More]
Welcome Back!
Now that crackers and sprouts are a distant memory [Read More]
Reaching New Heights
Taking some well-earned rest out of their busy timetable [Read More]
Carol Concert
Our Junior and Senior Carol Concerts took place at St. Luke’s Church in Grayshott [Read More]
Interrupting his extremely busy schedule, Father Christmas popped in to St. Ed’s [Read More]
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas
Our Chapel and Chamber Choirs joined Farnham’s prestigious Vox Chamber Choir [Read More]
Reindeer Run 2014!
For the second year running, the top field resembled the North Pole [Read More]
What a year it has been!
Form 7B hosted Assembly last week [Read More]
Form 3 and 4 Learning Outside the Classroom
There has been a bevy of activities amongst our Learning Outside the Classroom [Read More]
A Christmas Tree with a difference
I am sure all of you have noticed Form 5’s superb state of the art Christmas tree [Read More]
Are we nearly there yet?
Form 3 and 4 brought a familiar but contemporary touch to the traditional nativity [Read More]
St Edmund’s School sing for the Pope
The combined boys' and girls' choirs from St Edmund's Prep School in Hindhead, Surrey sang for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI [Read More]


St Edmund’s School sing for the Pope

The combined boys' and girls' choirs from St Edmund's Prep School in Hindhead, Surrey sang for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and a congregation of 10,000 at an open air Mass outside Frascati Cathedral, Italy on Sunday July 15th (video links below). The thirty seven St Edmund's choristers (ages 9 to 13) performed two motets in English: a Gaelic Blessing and The Lord Bless You And Keep You, both by the English composer John Rutter and joined with the local adult choir to sing the Latin mass.

The previous day the St Edmund's choir sang a full seven piece Latin mass at the main altar of the famous St Peter's Basilica and earlier in the week a shorter mass at the church of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, as well as performing a choral concert in Anzio. The St Edmund's choir were finalists in the 2011 BBC School Choir of the Year competition and have previously sung at St Mark's Venice, Montserrat Abbey, and Barcelona and Verona Cathedrals.

Robert Lewis, the Director of Music, commented "Building a reputation that allows you to sing at the best venues in the world is incredibly difficult but the children have worked very hard to become a choir that can deliver the highest standards. They sang beautifully in Italy and performed with a remarkable professionalism for children of such a young age. After the Maestro at Frascati heard the choir sing we were asked to perform a Gaelic Blessing for the Pope when he retired into the cathedral for his private prayers – a great compliment and a truly moving and magical moment."

Headmaster Adam Walliker said "It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to sing for the Pope in Italy and the boys and girls were very excited. There was at times an almost mystical quality to the tour and the children’s singing was of such a high standard that we have received many offers to go back and perform at other venues. The children also received a lovely letter of support from the composer John Rutter when he heard the news that we were performing his pieces for Pope Benedict. Visits to cultural sites such as the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum in Rome were great fun – and in the stifling heat the ice creams were a definite favourite!"

Vatican TV – St Edmund’s Choristers sing for the Pope

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Gaelic Blessing
The Lord Bless You And Keep You

BBC News Report visit to the Pope

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News Report

BBC Songs of Praise

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Inspirational piece
Competition Hymn

July 2012

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