QHS Choir take on Walsingham
On 11/12 May, twenty-two members of the Chapel Choir travelled to Walsingham to sing at the Shrine, and to have an enjoyable night away. After a very early start, two minibus loads of children and staff travelled to North Norfolk, via a stop for a run-around at Castle Acre Castle. On arrival, we checked in to our accommodation, ate our packed lunches and prepared for our concert. After the brief service of ‘Sprinkling’, the Shrine organist accompanied us in a half-hour concert of sacred music, including the popular jazz cantata “Swingin’ Samson”. About sixty fellow pilgrims attended the concert, which was very well received.
After a sunny walk along the abandoned railway track-bed, we returned to the Shrine to sing before and during the Pilgrim Mass (the principal service for visitors to the Shrine, which packed the Church) and again this was much appreciated. By now we were all hungry again, and a we were teated to a superb dinner. The final service of the day involved a candle-lit procession through the grounds, and then it was time for bed.
After a comfortable night’s sleep, some brave children accompanied him on his early morning run, others awoke more gradually. After breakfast, we cleared our rooms and set off to the beach. If you are ever around the North Norfolk coast, Holkham Beach really is a gem, and we spent a very happy hour and a half under a cloudless sky, playing cricket, rounders and football, collecting sea-shells and playing on the dunes.
Via some seaside shopping in Wells-next-the-Sea and an ice cream, we returned to Walsingham for lunch, a final visit to the Holy House and our return home. Unusually, the traffic was fine for a change and we were able to arrive at school earlier than we had expected. During the weekend we received an overwhelming number of compliments on the children’s singing, the smartness of their uniform, and their polite behaviour. Thank you, children, for your company, and thank you, Mrs Beevor, Miss Berry, Mr Wood and Mr Still for assisting. Can we say a massive thanks to Mr Ellis for leading such a successful weekend away.