19 December 2023
In a heartwarming celebration of the season, the pupils and choir of Monmouth Prep School delivered a captivating carol service at St Mary’s Priory Church to an audience of friends and family.
The highlight of the evening was a special rendition of the rarely performed Christmas song, “Remember Bethlehem,” with a strong Monmouth Town connection.
Composed by the esteemed singer-songwriter Jake Thackray, a beloved figure in the Monmouth community, “Remember Bethlehem” holds a unique connection to the town. Originally crafted for Thackray’s students at his high school in Leeds, the song found its way to Monmouthshire when the artist relocated.
Accompanied by Year 8 double bassist, Oliver M, and guitarist, Mr. R. Sherwood, the talented ensemble was conducted by Mr. J. Walton.
Experience the magic of Monmouth Prep School Choir’s rendition of “Remember Bethlehem” – the beautiful performance is now available to view on the Haberdasher’s Monmouth School YouTube. www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpM8AP5Kj_4
Thackray’s composition is a moving retelling of the nativity story, recorded at the legendary Abbey Road studios and later covered by American country singer Dee Mullins in the 1970s. The song showcases Thackray’s prowess as a storyteller and songwriter, casting him as a British ‘chansonnier’ or a modern-day troubadour.
Recorded at Abbey Road alongside The Beatles, who admired his distinctive songwriting talent, Thackray’s work has experienced a resurgence in recent years and is now regularly performed on BBC radio 2 and 3 and is championed by the likes of Cerys Matthews amongst others.
For the families and friends in attendance, the evening was a treat—a blend of talent, tradition, and festive spirit.