The Benenden and Tonbridge School Chapel Choirs united for an awe-inspiring rendition of Fauré’s Requiem as part of a special service for Remembrance Sunday.
With accompaniment from an ensemble comprised of students and staff from both schools, the two choirs delighted an audience that combined the whole School with visiting parents and guests, giving a striking performance of the haunting requiem. Filling the Centenary Hall with sonorous harmony, the singers and musicians gave the perfect showcase of their combined talents.
The performance formed part of a special Remembrance Service that was led by Reverend Jack with help from Six Two (Year 13) student Sarah acting as deacon. The service included Bible readings and prayers led by Reverend Jack and the Senior Sacristans, as well as a reading of the Rudyard Kipling poem Tommy and moving reflections on those whose lives have been taken or affected by the brutality of war.
Benenden School were previously led by the Cadet Force in a whole School service marking Armistice Day on Saturday, during which Six Two (Year 13) student Subomi performed The Last Post and the students and staff held a two-minute silence reflecting on the lives lost during the First World War. On Sunday the Cadet Force additionally led the service held by the Benenden Village War Memorial, which also included a student’s performance of The Last Post.