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Coronation celebrations continue at Wells Cathedral School WCS an Independent Prep in Somerset England

Coronation celebrations continue

The School was involved with the King’s Coronation Celebrations in Wells, with the Senior Jazz Combo headlining the event and Woody Collins (Year 10) and Meg Curl (Lower Sixth) performing solo sets on the Cathedral Green Stage to a large and appreciative audience enjoying the music and sunshine. Mr Wells also hosted a welly throwing stall!

The Choristers sang at Matins on the day of the Coronation, and at a civic service the following day. They also attended a street party on Vicars’ Close. On Wednesday 10th May, they sang Evensong at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, with HRH The Duchess of Edinburgh in attendance.

A group of Lower Sixth pupils, alongside Katie (Year 4) and Alfie (Year 8), starred in a pageant at Glastonbury parish church as part of the Coronation celebrations on Sunday 7th May. They recreated the original Coronation service which was devised by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Dunstan, for the coronation of King Edgar the Peaceable in 973, the essential elements of which have been part of all subsequent monarch’s coronations, including King Charles’ last weekend. The 20 minute ceremony was done in Old English and Latin without any prompts, and Mr Eldridge, Head of History, then gave a sermon explaining everything. Well done to James MacGeoch (Archbishop Dunstan), Oliver Warren (Bishop Sigar of Wells), Tobin Collier (King Edgar the Peacable), Emily Oxtoby (Queen Aethfryth), Alfie Eldridge (Atheling Prince Edward), Katie (Princess Edith), Oliver Murray (Standard Bearer) and Toby Batty (Soldier).

Cole Craggs (Year 8) performed at the Bishop’s Palace Coronation service on Monday 8th May. Arnold Wills, who plays the organ at the Bishop’s Palace, commented; “Cole was a real credit to himself and his family and we can’t wait to have him back playing for us for other events in the Palace Chapel. He impressed the packed Chapel service with an amazing fanfare.”

Also on Monday, a number of our musicians who were on tour in Finland were privileged to perform at a Coronation celebratory event at the British Ambassador to Finland’s private residence in Helsinki. After giving a joyous rendition of the national anthem, our musicians entertained 100 honoured guests, including ambassadors to Finland from countries around the world.

Old Wellensians James Buckle, bass trombone (2011), Zoë Tweed, horn (2017), and Annabell-Sophie Meare, violin (1994) were part of the King’s Coronation service in Westminster Abbey on Saturday. Elsewhere, Brass players Lucy Burch (2004) and Lizzi Tocknell (2012) were with the Coldstream Guards and the RAF regiment, respectively, while Andrew Humphreys (2008) was in the concert at Windsor and Emily Wilson was playing in the coronation procession as part of the The Band of the Prince of Wales (part of the Royal Corps of Army Music).

His Majesty King Charles III retains Patronage of Wells Cathedral School
We are delighted that His Majesty King Charles III will remain the Patron of Wells Cathedral School.

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