11 October 2019
The Royal Senior School Choir was once again proud to sing at the Annual National Service for Seafarers at St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday 9 October. The Service was attended by a 1,000 strong congregation with seafaring connections, including the Admiralty Board, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, The Honourable Company of Master Mariners and The Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
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.
The sermon was given by The Reverend Oliver Ross, Vicar of Malmesbury and Upper Avon, and the Naval Prayer was led by The Venerable Martyn Gough RN, Chaplain of the Fleet, a Governor of The Royal School.
Aniela, Upper Sixth student, said, “The opportunity to sing at St. Paul’s, during such a special and prestigious service, was a huge privilege for us as a choir and the beautiful music combined with the celebration of all seafarers through the readings, prayers and sermon made me proud to be a part of a school with such a rich history and links to the Royal Navy. The combined effect of all our voices together in our different parts was incredible to hear. We were very lucky to have been a part of the service – it was an incredible experience for us all.”