Last Friday over 60 Farleigh School, Andover, Kilmersdon C of E School and St Julian’s Wellow pupils enjoyed a rousing day of choral singing and fun at Downside School’s annual Choral Day event.

The choristers began by warming up and learning the difference between their chest and throat voices with a nifty set of exercises from Director of Music, Mr McNamara. They then moved on to learning Dona nobis pacem, a traditional Latin hymn attributed to Mozart.

After lunch, our new Sports Grads put our visitors through their paces with some rather energetic games of cricket, before the pupils headed back into rehearsals. The afternoon rehearsals were led by Downside’s new Head of Academic Music, Mr Bridges, who taught the pupils Siyahamba, a South African spiritual hymn which translates into ‘We are Marching’. 

The Choral Day finished with sterling performances of both songs in Downside Abbey Church, which was attended by families of the singers and the Head Master.