Throughout the year, the 32 Packwood choristers give up a significant amount of their free time for the choir – rehearsals during break times, Sunday morning church services and extra singing commitments which just this term have included singing at the wedding of an Old Packwoodian and entertaining Mr Jones’ mother and her fellow residents at her old people’s home.
As a thank you for their hard work, the choristers are treated to an annual day out at the end of the summer term. This year’s trip took place in Worcester, beginning with a couple of games of tenpin bowling – at which Ed S proved to be particularly skilful and Mr Jones didn’t, although his bowling speeds were impressive! We then enjoyed lunch at Pizza Express, followed by a shopping trip in Worcester city centre. It was interesting to see what came back in the shopping bags….Louis G’s purchase of a can of deodorant and two rubber chickens was particularly bewildering!
Then to the serious business of the day, singing Evensong at the cathedral. Everyone was impressed by the grandeur and beauty of the building and Mr Boutwood was delighted to have the chance to play such a fine organ. Our chosen music of Ebdon’s responses, Psalm 74, Thiman’s G major setting for trebles and our own three-part version of Walford Davies’s lovely anthem, King of Glory, all sounded magical in such a wonderful venue. It made a real difference to have so many parents in the congregation, all of whom thoroughly enjoyed the occasion. Well done to all the choristers for such an enjoyable and worthwhile day!