Schola Cantorum at Westminster Cathedral
18th March 2017
The St Richard Reynolds Schola was given the unique opportunity to shadow the world-famous choristers of Westminster Cathedral for a morning. It began with sung Mass at 10:30am in which we heard the choristers' beautiful singing. As Saoirse noted, Mass was far more reverent with the singing at relevant moments. After Mass, we had a short tour of the Cathedral, visiting the chapels and admiring the mosaics both old and new. At 11:50am, we were taken behind the scenes to the Song School and observed the Director of Music at the Cathedral, Martin Baker, ,lead the choristers through a rehearsal. It was an eye-opening experience seeing the choiristers diligently mark their musical scores and answering complicated theory questions with impressive ease. The St Richard Reynolds group left fthe Cathedral feeling very inspired and with many different ideas to take back to Twickenham! Thanks to Miss Morrell for organising such an valuable and iinspirtitonal visit.
World Book Day
9th March 2017
Pupils and staff engaged in World Book Day last week by dressing up as their favourite literary character. Hagrid, Willy Wonka, Sherlock Holmes and Peter from the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe rubbed shoulders with a pack of stray dalmations, assorted woodland creatures and more than one Wally from Where's Wally (Can you spot one?). As well as having a lot of fun, pupils was raised money for our Lenten charities and for the Sports Hall Appeal.
Christmas Concert at SMU
14th December 2016
Our third annual College Christmas Concert took place in the magnificent setting of St Mary's University Chapel. Miss Firman and her team provided an astounding porgramme of festive music both sacred and secular performed by pupils from St Richard Reynolds Catholic High School to a packed house. Incuded in the rich programme were choral and instrumental pieces from our many choirs and ensembles as well as some very accomplished solo performances. The College choir were joined by members of the Staff, parents and governors choir to sing part of Handel's Messiah as preformed recently at the Royal Albert Hall. The congregation played their part too with rousing renditions of some popular carols. The evening concluded with a Blessing from our parish priest, Father Ulick Loring. Huge thanks are due to the whole music department and to the pupils who put in so much hard work in preparation for this wonderful event. Thanks are due once again to the Vice Chancellor, Francis Campbell and to the chaplaincy team at St Mary's University.
Reception / Year 1 Nativity
14th December 2016
Children from Reception and Year 1 performed a magnificent and memorable production of the Nativity story before a packed audience in the College Theatre. The children were outstanding and rounded off the event with a rousing chorus of 'We wish you a Merry Christmas'. Many thanks to the Primary team and parents for preparing the children so well. A great way to prepare for Christmas.
SRR at The Royal Albert Hall
27th November 2016
St Richard Reynolds Catholic Collage performed seven tremendous vocal pieces at the Royal Albert Hall on 27th November 2016, along with many other incredible choirs (aged 6-25) - each student should be proud of their accomplishment. We wish to thank all who participated because, every pupil sung beautifully and represented SRRCC with impeccable manners. I, as a young pupil, desire to especially thank all the teachers who were able give an opportunity as grand as this to us.
I’m certainly not alone when I say that it was a phenomenal experience, and I hope next year that all are able to admire the music and location once given the invitation to perform. Others have described the trip to be ‘beautifully decorated’, ‘a wonderful trip’ however, the day was tiring because of all the effort given. Therefore, as the day drew to an end we were all miserable to leave because it had finished, yet relieved that all our hard work had paid off.
The music was enchanting and the Albert Hall was beautiful. I wouldn’t dared to have missed it.
Written by Bella Bassett-Romo 7B
Thanks to Miss Firman and her team for preparing the pupils (and some parents and governors!) so well for this very special efvent.