Students Sing at Vatican
5th March 2014

Whilst 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 included Jubilate 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 467 588.



For more information please contact Heather Barras, Marketing Assistant, New Hall School on 01245 467 588 or email:


Notes to Editors:


·          New Hall School is a leading Catholic independent boarding & day school for boys and girls aged 3-18.

·          Founded 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.

·          New Hall School are proud of their academic achievements. In 2013, students achieved a 100% success rate in GCSE and A Level Examinations.

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