Chapel Choir at Burford Church

What a wonderful Choir trip we had to Burford Church this week. After two years of planning (Covid delayed the original date) it was such a joy to get out and sing in the inspiring and intriguing venue of St John the Baptist.

The sun shone, the arrangements worked faultlessly ( Mr Darling was in charge!) and everyone enjoyed themselves – choristers, congregation, parents – even teachers!

Burford is one of the most picturesque towns in England with its famous High Street rising up from the church and river. Upon arrival the choir practised processing and a couple of hymns before heading off for a bit of retail therapy. They then returned to rehearse the parts of the service that make up a choral evensong – introit, preces and responses, psalm, anthem and extroit. After a quick tea and photo shoot (or a ring of the bells in Mrs Westley’s and Mr Darling’s case), it was time to sing the service to a full congregation of local residents and parents. The careful preparations and hard work paid off and we offered up our best in a joyous act of worship

Then came what will most likely be the highlight for the pupils- freshly cooked pizza and ice-cream in the adjacent church café. Those still hungry mopped up the left-over sandwiches from the congregation’s tea!

Thanks must go the Burford team for their incredible hospitality, and to Mr Darling for his meticulous attention to detail (even down to the ice-cream flavour for each chorister!), ensuring everything went so smoothly that everyone could relax and enjoy the day.

As one parent commented “The choir song beautifully and it was such a fantastic opportunity for the girls and boys to experience performing in such a historic setting”

We will now turn our thoughts excitedly to carols…!