It’s no surprise that our impatience for Christmas this year has been so strong, especially since last year’s isolation during this festive time. With all the predictability and worry during COVID-19, as well as the new Omicron variant making its appearance, our desire to celebrate with our loved ones was greater than ever.
St. Catherine’s School, located in Twickenham, made this Christmas celebration possible with their Christmas carol service which took place on Tuesday, December 14. The school singing service is a celebration of our faith where the Saint Catherine community comes together to share the joy of Christmas with those around them. The event was attended by many parents and students as they gathered to commemorate the importance of the birth of Jesus while listening to the merry Christmas carols sung by the senior choir. The uplifting performances consisted of traditional and modern Christmas carols that the congregation seemed to love.
I especially enjoyed the Christmas carols, which were accompanied by the orchestra, demonstrating the vast talent of the many budding young musicians in our school. One of these musicians is Keira Bullen. Keira is 17 years old and is a violinist. I spoke to Keira after the concert to ask her about her experience with music and the importance of her role in the orchestra. “I have always had a passion for music and I found it to be something that comes naturally to me”. Her enthusiasm for music continued to grow as she described what it was like to perform in front of so many people, “I found it quite scary but it was really good for my self-confidence and it made me feel good. definitely helped to play my instrument “. She explained that “although I have to work really hard on the violin, it is something that I have grown to love over the years.” Keira spoke about the importance of this Christmas carol service and how “small acts of love during this winter celebration helped bring comfort during this difficult time, influencing many in a positive way.” .
The Christmas carol service was a lovely way to end the school year, with students and teachers working hard together to spread the joy of Christmas even in these trying times.