Student trumpeters play the Last Post at Brentwood School Remembrance Day services
PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 November 2019
The symbolic and mournful sound of the Last Post was played by trumpeters at four special Remembrance Day services around Brentwood School’s campus.
Pupils and staff at Brentwood School in Middleton Hall Lane came together to remember soldiers who gave their lives during the First and Second World Wars on Monday, November 11.
At the Preparatory School, Chaplain the Rev Dr Adrian McConnaughie talked to the school's youngest pupils about the importance of peace.
Jeremy Blunden CBE LVO, a retired Royal Navy Commodore, addressed the school's oldest students and gave a personal reflection of the meaning of Remembrance Day for him as a former member of the Armed Forces.
Headmaster Michael Bond joined Mr Blunden and the Revd Dr McConnaughie for the moving service which also witnessed the traditional laying of the wreath by the student Head of School, Evie McKnight.
A Bible reading, given by the deputy head of School, Ellen Fasham, was followed by the headmaster's reading of lines from For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon.
Year 3 student, Ore Fashesin-Souza, played the Last Post and Reveille before the packed cathedral fell completely quiet for a two-minute silence.
The choir, conducted by the school's assistant director of music, David Revels, and accompanied on the Cathedral's impressive pipe organ by fellow and school organist, Sam Barber, sang a moving rendition of They Are at Rest by Edward Elgar.
The senior school's Year 3 and 4 pupils took part in a Remembrance Service in the Wessex Auditorium which was led by Ian Kemble, director of schools work at the Brentwood Schools' Christian Worker Trust, where Year 5 student Sarah Prior, played the Last Post.
The Memorial Hall was the setting for the Year 2 service which was led by Revd Canon Paul Hamilton.
He was joined by Jack Williams who played the Last Post.
The Year 1 service was held in the school's Victorian Chapel and led by the Rev Stuart Hull.
Daisy Strouts and Ethan Roos gave a reading before Year 3 trumpeter Savannah Morrish played the Last Post.