18 October 2018
The Royal Senior School Choir was proud to sing at the Annual National Service for Seafarers at St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday 10 October. The Service was attended by a 1,000 strong congregation with seafaring connections.
The Royal School is one of only five schools in the UK to be invited to participate in this special service. After a picnic lunch in the Cathedral garden, The Royal School was joined by the four other schools that form the massed choir and rehearsed a series of anthems and hymns that they had been preparing throughout the last year.
Pupils in Years 8 and 9 and the Head Girl and Head Boy of The Royal Junior School also had the opportunity to attend this beautiful service and to share in the experience, with representatives of many seafaring organisations and charities including the Admiralty Board, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, The Honourable Company of Master Mariners and The Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The sermon was given by The Reverend Andrew Wright, Secretary General of the Mission to Seafarers, and the Naval Prayer was led by The Venerable Martyn Gough RN, Chaplain of the Fleet, who has recently joined the Governing Body of The Royal School.
Charlie, Upper Sixth student, said, “The Cathedral looked amazing; the impressive size of the building adding to its splendour. Singing in St Paul’s was an experience like no other. The acoustics of the building, along with singing in such a large group, made the sound resonate throughout the Cathedral.
Participating in the service was an incredible experience, which we always remember.”