The St Edmund’s school choirs were exceptionally busy in the run up to Christmas, with events in and around Salisbury providing opportunities for them to contribute to musical celebrations.
The Chamber Choir opened the St Thomas’s Christmas Tree Festival in the first week of December, singing to the flood of visitors on the very first morning of the festival. In position at the entrance of the church was the St Edmund’s “Enriched Tree”, decorated with items made by students from the school in enrichment activities.
The choirs also contributed to the festivities in the Salisbury Christmas market, singing in the bandstand on the first Saturday of the 2014 season, before the school Carol Service, again held at St Thomas’s Church in the final week of term. Choir director Mrs Petra Randall, who returned to the school in September after a two year sabbatical in Kenya, prepared the Choirs to offer a service for Christmas with a medieval theme, with many of the carols sung in Latin. Contributions from the String orchestra, guitar and flute ensembles, as well as the St Edmund’s Consort, trained by Mr Philip Lawson, also formed part of the service of readings and carols.