Students from Penrith’s Queen Elizabeth Grammar School took part in special services at St Andrew’s Church in the town to mark the end of the school term.
Even though Easter did not coincide with the school holidays this year, the services, led by Reverend David Sargent, had an Easter theme. Members of the student leadership team read traditional Bible passages describing the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Organist Colin Marston was joined by QEGS’ choir and orchestra, conducted by Head of Music Daniel Roberts, in leading the hymns; Lord of all Hopefulness, Lord of the Dance and Jerusalem.
The school choir and orchestra performed a number of other pieces: Anywhere Is by Enya; Palladio by Karl Jenkins with Violin Solos from Monika Davies, Mathathi and Medhini Varma (arr. D.R. Roberts); Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day with Vocal Solo from Sam Murray; Sloop John B by the Beach Boys; O Taste and See by R.V. Williams (arr. D.R. Roberts) with Vocal Solo from Molly Allcock and Coronation Anthem No.1 Zadok the Priest by G.F. Handel HWV 258
A blessing from Rev Sargent, and the Organ Toccata in G major by Theodore Dubois, played by Colin Marston, completed the service. A retiring collection in aid of mental health charity Young Minds raised £347, supplemented by a further £577 raised by a non-uniform day.