St Matthew’s Church Christmas Concert  

11 Jan


The Cheltenham Bournside School music department held its annual Christmas Concert at St Matthew’s Church on Wednesday 15th December, bringing together more than 90 students and their families to celebrate the festive season. 

Along with joyful congregational carols, there were performances from our talented Guitar Group, Jazz and Folk Bands, Youth Choir, Orchestra, Sixth Form Ensemble and Senior/Staff Singers, who performed traditional carols including Once in Royal David’s CityWe Three Kings and O Holy Night, alongside modern pieces of music and prayers.  

Headteacher, Steve Jefferies, said: “One of our key values at Cheltenham Bournside School is for students to take pride in all they do and this enchanting concert was something of which we can feel extremely proud. Well done.”  

Head of Music, Matt Cutress said: "We were overjoyed as a music department to get back to St Matthew's Church for the Christmas Concert. We missed not having the concert in person last year, which made it even more special to be able to come together and celebrate during the festive period. There were so many standout performances including the debut performance of the school's new folk band as well as returning ex-students and staff singing as part of senior singers. It was an emotional evening for all of us and we can't thank the students enough for their amazing hard work and the parents for their brilliant support."

Despite restrictions due to Covid, which included limiting audience numbers and wearing face masks, we were delighted to go ahead with this important event in the school calendar and the feedback received was fantastic. Thank you to everyone who joined us. 

The concert was wonderful, it was such a joy… the highlight of the evening for me was the senior singers. It’s such a lovely group of students and staff singing together, and what an amazing sound they make – goose bumps! A huge well done.

- Parent via email

Thank you for last night’s concert. It was absolutely fabulous - I know how much work is put in to these events. I’ve always said Bournside has an amazing music department!

– Parent via email

Another wonderful concert! Having enjoyed the Year 7 concert earlier this term, we were really looking forward to this evening’s concert. Both of our sons took part this time and they both thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We were so impressed with the students - what talent there is! Thanks to you and the rest of the staff involved for all your hard work.

– Parent via email



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