On Saturday 20th June, by kind permission of the Duke & Duchess of Devonshire, Aysgarth’s Senior Choir performed a concert to guests in one of Chatsworth’s most renowned rooms, the Painted Hall.
The Senior Choir at Aysgarth School consists of 30 boys aged between 11-13 years. Entry to the choir is by audition only and places are highly sought after. The choir is one of only a few all boy chapel choirs in the country and consists of trebles, altos and basses.
Matthew Atherton, Aysgarth’s Director of Music, carefully devised a programme for the occasion. The Choir performed
pieces such as Zadok the Priest (George Frederic), Cantique de Jean Racine (Gabriel Fauré), I was Glad (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry), several pieces by Flanders and Swann and Hallelujah Chorus (George Frederic Handel). There were a number of voice soloists, some showcasing their recent LAMDA performances and solo pieces performed on trumpet, cornet and timpani.
Matthew Atherton said: “To perform in such a prestigious place is such an honour. We have been working hard to create a programme that would complement the magnificence of Chatsworth, and especially the stunning Painted Hall. The Choir and the musicians performed wonderfully and I am so proud of what they have achieved this year, not just at Chatsworth but also on our recent choir tour of Paris.”
The Senior Choir sing an anthem and descant at all school services during term time. Alongside these services, the choir give many extra performances during the academic year and within the last few months have returned from their first ever choir tour of Paris. Whilst there they performed in the Abbey Churches of St. Sulpice, St. Germain-des-Pres and La Sainte-Trinité to much acclaim.