The Packwood Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs (16 children in each, selected by audition from Years 6, 7 and 8) rehearse at least twice per week throughout the school year, often giving up their free time to do so. They sing at church on Sundays during term time and provide the lead in higher profile services such as the Carol Service, Remembrance Sunday and the Leavers’ Service. From time to time, the choirs also enjoy singing outside school and it has become a Packwood tradition for them to sing Choral Evensong at a cathedral every summer.
Unfortunately, this year, our plans to sing at Lichfield Cathedral last Friday were thwarted by building work at the cathedral, but we were able to sing at St Chad’s church, Shrewsbury, instead. It was a real pleasure to sing in a large, beautiful church with such a lovely acoustic and the choirs were in fine voice.
The children had worked hard to learn the music, which included George Dyson’s Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in C minor and an anthem by Fridrik Walker, a setting of Lead, kindly light. Many choir parents and grandparents came to support the service, which provided a boost for the choristers, and all seemed to enjoy the service, which was atmospheric and contemplative.