Each year, the Crypt School remembrance service is an important focal point for the whole school community as we honour those who have given their lives in war – in particular when we remember those who were former pupils of the school.
The service was led by Mr Dyer and guest pastor, Simon Duan. Richard Briggs, president of the Old Cryptians Society, attended along with several other Old Cryptians.
The music was led by Mr Whittaker. For the music department, this is a very significant event and our choir, alongside the trumpeters and brass group (with Mr Boodle on the organ), gave a fittingly heartfelt performance. For the first time, sixth former Alistair Stock performed ‘The Last Post’ with year 10 student, David Jackson, echoing with ‘Reveille’. As an anthem for reflection, the choir performed Bruckner’s motet ‘Locus Iste’. The choir then performed David Terry’s setting of ‘For the Fallen’ and the brass group followed with an arrangement of Elgar’s ‘Nimrod’. To conclude, the whole school community came together to sing ‘Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer’, ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘I Vow to Thee my Country’. These outstanding performances were testament to the high musical standards of all our musicians and their determination to give their best to commemorate this event.
Particular thanks go to Sue Evans for the beautiful display in the Crush Hall commemorating those former pupils of the school who lost their lives during the wars; a very powerful and poignant tribute. Also to Sue Wales for her hard work in organising this special and significant occasion in the school year.