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Papplewick First Choir sing at Sonning church service dedicating new organ unveiled by former Prime Minister Theresa May with preacher Lord Carey former Archbishop of Canterbury

A dozen choristers at Papplewick School had barely passed their audition for First Choir in the first week of Michaelmas term before they were whisked off to St Andrew’s church, Sonning to join a large choir for a special service dedicating the new organ at St Andrew’s and also marking the retirement as Director of Music there of Chris Goodwin who is staying on as Papplewick’s Director of Chapel Music. The congregation had voted for their ten favourite hymns; the boys were able to join in with gusto, helping out with descants too. There were four choir anthems and the boys formed the top line of Choir 2 in Parry’s famous “I was glad”. The preacher at the service was Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, and the donors board thanking those who had helped fund the new organ was unveiled by former Prime Minister Theresa May. 

Headmaster, Tom Bunbury said "The boys worked extremely hard for this - it was a wonderful sing and I was delighted to award them with Headmaster's commendations for their excellent work, we are fortunate to have Chris as our Director of Chapel Music - the choirs aspire to very high levels."