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Festival of Christmas Music and Readings sets Laidlaw Hall aglow

It’s always heartwarming to see Prep and Upper School boys working together. That’s why the annual Festival of Christmas Music and Readings is one of the College’s most popular traditions. Student musician played to a packed house of all ages, at the Festival of Christmas Music and Readings, Sunday, Dec. 1 in Laidlaw Hall.

“It’s the only concert of the year when boys from SK to IB2 participate together,” says Kathryn Edmondson, head of music at the Prep. “It’s great for young boys to see their role models at the Upper School — and for the boys from the Upper School to see where they started. “

Musical highlights include a joint performance with the BlueNotes and the Prep choir singing “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” by J.S. Bach. The wind ensemble also joined the Prep band for “As Summer was Just Beginning,” a selection of carols by Larry Daehn.

“The students really worked hard throughout the term during the rehearsal times,” says Edmondson, “but they really came together for a mass joint rehearsal the week before the concert.”

To bring it all to life, please enjoy these video highlights. (The first two are of pre-concert performances in the Upper School student centre.

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