Romans versus Celts
Form 6 put their knowledge of Roman weapons and battle tactics to good use [Read More]
A Roman Feast
Form Five celebrated the end of their Roman food topic [Read More]
Under 11’s Football Tournament
We hosted our annual Under 11’s Football Tournament [Read More]
A host of golden Daffodils
Beautiful words by William Wordsworth [Read More]
The Battle of Marathon
Form 3 thoroughly entertained Assembly this morning when they reinacted the Battle of Marathon! [Read More]
Thursday Chapel
We were delighted to welcome Andrew Fisher, Headmaster of Frensham Heights [Read More]
An evening with the community
The school hosted its annual “Community Concert” [Read More]
Care for a slice of Dulcia …
Form 4 had “elevenses” with a difference this morning, when they tucked into a slice of Dulcia! [Read More]
Bon Voyage Form 7!
Thankfully all of our Form 7 children arrived home safely [Read More]
Form 6’s English Fayre
It was an English lesson with a difference for Form 6 this week [Read More]
MGM Studios aka St. Ed’s!
To celebrate the end of our book week, all of the children and staff came into school dressed up [Read More]
Book Worms
As part of our numerous book week activities [Read More[
Look Out Form 2!
Our children in Form 2 visited the Look Out Discovery Centre [Read More]
Outstanding 13+ C.E results
Outstanding 13+ C.E. results prepare our Year 8 pupils for their arrival at a wide range of selective Senior Schools. [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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