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Jubilee Concert WCS Wells Cathedral Independent School Somerset

Platinum Jubilee Concert Provides An Opportunity To Re-Connect

On Thursday 31st March we enjoyed a spectacular and deeply moving orchestral and choral concert at the Cathedral in celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee.

The all-English programme encompassed Britten, Vaughan Williams and Parry, including a stirring performance of “I was Glad”, which was performed at the Queen’s Coronation 70 years ago, and concluded with Britten’s spellbinding arrangement of the National Anthem.

The concert marked the first time in more than two years that the massed choirs and symphony orchestra have been able to gather in the cathedral. This re-connection of the Wells community was made even more special by the fact that the first half of the concert was conducted by Old Wellensian Adam Hickox, who is currently Assistant Conductor at the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

In his introduction in the concert programme, Head Master Alastair Tighe, who conducted the second half of the concert, wrote:

“The Covid restrictions that we have all had to endure have been frustrating in so many ways… So today is a momentous opportunity for us as a School to reconnect… Our ability to present the concert will, I hope, be a powerful sign of the resilience of the School during the pandemic, the power of community, and an indication of our determination to look to the future with confidence and with renewed hope.”