‘And They All Sang’ And More!

The annual Community Christmas Service held at St Mary’s Church in Tadcaster and hosted by students from Tadcaster Grammar School, was the best ever and worthy of note.
‘And They All Sang’ was a festive celebration not just through song. Students excelled themselves through their singing, drama, the playing of instruments and much more. Several narrators told the Christmas story which included angels, shepherds and inflatable sheep!
The Pop Choir and Chamber Choir were in fine voice and there was some exceptional solo singing from India Chesters, Phoebe Cook, Darcie Kirk, Sophia O’Callaghan and Eleanor Blundell. A quartet of Sixth Form students Alicia Fletcher, Erin Wilson, Lawrence Jeffrey-Parkinson and Jordan Bennett singing The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came a cappella was particularly stunning and you could have heard a pin drop in church. Eleanor Briggs gave a confident performance of Silent Night played beautifully on her flute and there was fine accompanying on the piano by Alannah Shaw.
Conducted and accompanied by Miss Buckley, Miss Caine, Mr Dalton and Mrs Hainsworth on the organ, the programme included traditional carols with the congregation invited to join in.
In attendance were the Deputy Mayor of Tadcaster Don Mackay, Headteacher Martyn Sibley, members of staff and governors, parents, grandparents, members of the Church and the community, all showing their support for an evening which can only be described as inspiring.
Reverend Canon Sue Sheriff welcomed all to the evening and gave thanks at the close. “You never cease to surprise and delight me,” she said. “A massive thank you to all of you for an outstanding evening in celebration of this wonderful time of the year, which could not be achieved without the dedicated staff members at the school,” she added.