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A large crowd turned out on a ragingly cold winter’s Sunday evening to hear the St John’s Choral Society, accompanied by Mole Valley Baroque, sing Handel’s evergreen Messiah.
This perennial favourite warmed many hearts, not least because of the four sparkling soloists – including Dominic Sedgwick, OJ. Rarely has “The trumpet shall sound” reverberated so gladly around the four walls of the School Chapel. It was a consummately professional performance. The dying moments of the Amen Chorus rang with joyful piety in the Chapel’s generous acoustic. The Choral Society more than admirably rose to the challenge. The piece is fraught with many pitfalls, though the members of the society handled the score with ease. It was the perfect start to the Christmas festivities at St John’s and an introduction to the great season of the Incarnation, which the School celebrates at the close of this Autumn Term.
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