Christmas was marked in truly joyful and triumphant style by Altrincham Preparatory School on Friday as the boys led a beautiful service at St Mary’s in Bowdon.
In keeping with APS’s cherished culture of participation, all boys had a chance to play some part in the service. The Junior Choir opened proceedings with an impeccable rendition of Brightest And Best Of The Sons Of The Morning by Malcolm Archer before leading the congregation in the popular carol Once In Royal David’s City.
Later, the Senior Choir reprised the pieces which won them the chance to sing at Chester Cathedral earlier this month, including APS Director of Music Paul Vowles’ composition which has become an immediate favourite, Confused Carol.
Junior Boys also sung O Little Town Of Bethlehem and Sleep Little Jesus, while the Infant Boys’ rendition of The Shepherds captivated parents and staff.
In between the music, Year 6 boys read passages from the Christmas story, and Revd Ian Rumsey told a packed St Mary’s that the school’s efforts were “outstanding and beautifully done.”
“We hear the Christmas story, which you read so wonderfully, time and time again,” said Revd Rumsey. “But there’s something very special about the fact this story happened in a very ordinary, quiet way.”
“We’d like to thank St Mary’s for all their support,” added APS Headmaster Andrew Potts. “It’s wonderful that we can celebrate the Christmas story in an appropriate setting and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy, memorable Christmas.”