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Senior Choir Prize Day Performance

Members of the Senior Choir excelled themselves at Prize Day by performing a song composed by Mr Shortman in honour of Dr Diana Owen, CEO/Director of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust; who visited The Croft to award prizes for pupil achievements and hard work throughout the academic year.

Mr Shortman selected text from King Henry VIII, Act 3, Scene 1 for the pupils to sing to, choosing Orpheus, in particular, as 'Orpheus was the greatest mortal musician, nearly equal to the gods in the excellence of his art.'

Orpheus with his lute made trees,
And the mountain tops that freeze,
Bow themselves when he did sing:
To his music plants and flowers
Ever sprung; as sun and showers
There had made a lasting spring.

Everything that heard him play,
Even the billows of the sea,
Hung their heads, and then lay by.
In sweet music is such art,
Killing care and grief of heart
Fall asleep, or hearing, die.

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