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ODs participate in the Principal's assembly in the Memorial Chapel.

ODs were among the musicians who participated in the Principal's assembly today, where they performed 'The Prayer'.
18 Aug 2023
School News
Joc Wrensch, on the Music Staff at Bishops, taking a bow at the concert in the Memorial Chapel today
Joc Wrensch, on the Music Staff at Bishops, taking a bow at the concert in the Memorial Chapel today

The ODA Paul Murray attended the Principal's Assembly today which included the participation from ODs in the orchestra that performed "The Prayer", a song made famous by Canadian singer Celine Dion and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli; written by David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager, Alberto Testa and Tony Renis. 

ODs and Staff were among those that performed.  The piece was re-arranged specially for the service by OD Stephen Carletti (1983G).  ODs performing in the orchestra are Leonard Worthington-Smith (1985G) and Neil Robertson (2015G).

After the event, Paul interviewed several persons who were present at the event.  The overall consensus was that it was spiritually moving: Bishops' fifteenth Principal, Tony Reeler said that the performance was stunning, uplifting,and spiritually fulfilling; and a wonderful way to start the day, with the joy of singing. 

Peter Westwood the College Deputy Principal, said it was deeply moving and a spiritual experience.  Anne Stevens of the Science department, said that she found it to be moving and special.  She had been particularly surprised by the unknown (to her) talents of one of her Tutees, who sang as one of the soloists: Richard Mason (2023G).   One will say the same of the other soloists Jean du Toit (2023G) and Koame Kota (2023F).  

Two students were asked: Tristan Kannemeyer and Luke Carter both Grade 10s in FH, found the experience to be amazing and moving.         

It is a wonderful thing to see Bishops' music tradition continue in such a powerful way; in a venue that honours the contributions of 114 ODs who gave up their lives in the Great War - WWI. 

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