Well-known carols and Christmas readings have helped pupils, parents and staff get into the Christmas spirit, as Autumn Term draws to a close.
Hosted by St George’s Headstone, a short distance from School, the annual concert at the start of December was a feast for the ears as John Lyon’s musicians gathered to put on a real Christmas treat for an audience of more than 200.
Based on the traditional Victorian service of Nine Lessons and Carols – first formalised at around the time of John Lyon’s founding in 1876 and made world-famous by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge – nine readings telling the story of the birth of Jesus were interspersed with songs by the School’s Motet Choir, Year 7 Choir, and Pride of Lyon’s, poems, and congregational carols accompanied by brass and organ.
Favourites included It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, The First Nowell, In the Bleak Mid-Winter and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, with poems by Carol Ann Duffy and Christina Rossetti.
Guests were treated to mulled wine and mince pies after the concert and a retiring collection raised £400 for pupils’ chosen charities.
Love Came Down at Christmas
Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine,
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and Angels gave the sign.
Worship we the Godhead,
Love Incarnate, Love Divine,
Worship we our Jesus,
But wherewith for sacred sign?
Love shall be our token,
Love be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.
Pupils typically join John Lyon in Years 7, 9 and 12, largely from a North West London catchment area including Harrow, Wembley, Stanmore, Pinner, Watford, Rickmansworth, Northwood, Ruislip, Hillingdon, Uxbridge, Ickenham, Northolt, Southall, Ealing, Acton, Edgware, Brent Cross, Finchley, Barnet, Camden, Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, as well as other parts of Middlesex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.