Virtual Festival of Carols


In a busy autumn term for the Hampton Music department, our musicians showcased their talents in a range of virtual concerts culminating in a wonderful Carol Service.

The Christmas Carol Service, which is normally held at St Mary’s Church in Hampton, is always a highly anticipated event in the School calendar. This year, forced by circumstances to find a different approach, Hampton School’s choristers, each in their own Year Group bubble, recorded their parts to create a unique and wonderful Festival of Carols. With a professional sound engineer on site, the 131 Hamptonians, in nine choir bubbles, had a chance to experience first-hand what it takes to record and produce a music track. It took over 20 hours of recording but the end result was a stunning collection of carols telling the story of Christmas, from the haunting tones of Once in Royal David’s City to the jollity of Good King Wenceslas and the feel-good O Come all ye Faithful.

Music teacher Mrs Laura Oldfield was delighted with how the rehearsals paid off:

This was a unique logistical and technical challenge, but making live music was the best Christmas present any of us could hope for.

The School community can watch the wonderful Christmas celebration here