many students were enjoying the peace and quiet of the half term break, a group
of students from New Hall School in Chelmsford got the experience of a life
time when, as part of the New Hall Choir, they performed at Mass in St Peter’s
Basicilla in the Vatican.
The 60 strong New Hall Choir were invited to
perform as part of a short tour of Rome which also saw them sing in two of the
other Roman Basilicas – San Giovanni in Laterano and the Basilica di
Santa Maria Maggiore. They also sang a concert in the Pantheon
- a Roman temple that was later consecrated as a church.
The music performed by the choir
Deo by Britten, Mass
in G by Schubert and Locus Iste by Bruckner.
Andrew Fardell, Director of Music at New Hall,
said: “The experience of singing in the Vatican is one which will stay with our
students forever. We are all truly privileged to be able to perform such
wonderful music in such majestic surroundings. I was incredibly proud of
our choir who sang magnificently throughout the tour.”
Student Molly Conrad (Year 12) said: “It was a privilege to represent New
Hall by singing in all of the major basilicas in Rome. The response
from the Italian congregations during the liturgies and from the tourists
during our 'flash mob' performances across the whole of Rome was uplifting. It
was a once in a life time opportunity and something I will always remember.”
The New Hall School Choir have
gained an international reputation and have performed around the world and for
BBC Television and Radio. Their next public performance will be with the
choir from the Heilig Graf Institute of Turnhout, Belgium, on Friday 27
February in the New Hall School Chapel, Chelmsford. Tickets are free, with
music ranging from Franz Schubert to Randy Crawford. The performance
starts at 7.00pm. For more information contact New Hall School on 01245
more information please contact Heather Barras, Marketing Assistant, New Hall
School on 01245 467 588 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hall School is a leading Catholic independent boarding & day school for
boys and girls aged 3-18.
in 1642, New Hall School, Chelmsford, is the oldest Catholic school in England
that has always taken girls. Following the establishment of its new charitable
status as New Hall School Trust in 2005, in a pioneering move the former
convent school opened its doors to senior boys.
Hall School are proud of their academic achievements. In 2013, students
achieved a 100% success rate in GCSE and A Level Examinations.