Commemoration 2016

Today, the whole school community came together to commemorate St Clement Danes' foundation, 154 years ago, in two events. In London, the main service took place at St Clement Danes Church in The Strand, with the orchestra and massed choirs, including the whole of Year 7, providing the music. With hold ups on the A40 causing a delayed start - Dr Valentine stepping foot off the first coach just as the church bells pealed for 11 o'clock - the Processional Cross was eventually carried up the aisle by Head Boy, Josh Walton to begin proceedings. The Acolyte torches were this year carried by Sasha Burrell and Casper Dancy. The service was led by the Reverend David Osborn and David Cansdale, QPM DL gave the address, whilst the congregation heard readings by Dr Valentine and Head Girl, Nina Turnbull. This year, the music had a distinctly Verdi-esque flavour as SCD gears up for next summer's Verdi Spectacular: the performance of his Requiem at the Watford Colosseum on July 8th. Both orchestra and choir sounded superb with a programme which definitely whetted the appetite for the concert. Guests included Old Danes, governors, trustees and former staff as well as colleagues from St Clement Danes Primary School, Drury Lane. One Old Dane revealed that he had been attending Commem for 38 years, truly living out the school's motto, Loyauté m'oblige. Back at school, Years 8, 9 and 10 held their own celebration, with notable student successes forming the theme. As ever, the students, whether performing or simply attending both events, were a credit to the school. Thanks are due to all the staff who work so hard every year to make this such a special day in the school's calendar.



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