Reigate students sing at the Rugby World Cup welcome ceremony


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The RGS Godfrey Searle Choir were selected from hundreds of choirs from across the nation to sing the official tournament song World in Union.

The young choristers, students from Reigate St Mary’s prep school and Reigate Grammar School, welcomed the national team of Wales to the tournament at the team’s welcome ceremony at the Guild Hall in London on Monday 21 September to an audience which included HRH the Duke of Cambridge. The welcome ceremonies marked the official start of the World Cup and saw the players capped and celebrated as they entered the third largest sporting event in the world.

Everyone involved has felt a huge sense of pride at performing for the Rugby World Cup. Helping with the welcome ceremonies was an honour and one which the choristers feel privileged to have been a part of.

Mr Simon Rushby, Head of Music at RGS commented: “I am thrilled that the RGS Godfrey Searle Choir were asked to perform at this prestigious event. The choristers and instrumentalists involved have worked extremely hard in preparing for this prestigious event, and I know that the experience will be one that they never forget.”

Hugh Blayney RGS Head Boy and Henry Morris RGS Senior Prefect said: “It was undoubtedly a once in a lifetime experience and an extremely special day for all the choristers. The feeling we got as a choir whilst performing not only to our sporting idols in the Welsh Rugby Team, but also to Prince William, was an emotion that will be hard to equal.”

A rather humorous side to the occasion was watching Ms Glyn Jones conduct beside the towering 6ft 9” figure of Luke Charteris.

A lot of the boys managed to get signatures from the Welsh team, who themselves were so friendly and generous. Ed McTavish, who had been playing Cajon (a percussion instrument) for the singing, managed to get his Cajon signed by the whole team!

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