11th November 2020 — Pupils stood in widely spaced rows while staff stood around the field perimeter. The Chaplain, the Reverend Simon Coleman, conducted the brief service of prayer, during which he recited the celebrated First World War poet Rupert Brooke’s The Soldier. The two minutes’ silence was observed and the Last Post and Reveille played by bugler Peter A, (Upper Sixth, School House).
The CCF Honour Guard marched from the marquee on the field to the Chapel War Memorial where they laid wreaths. In normal circumstances these wreaths are then taken to be laid at Arras during the Year 9 battlefields tour. 149 Old Leysians died in the First World War.
A new series of weekly live organ music recitals began today, Armistice Day, in the School Chapel. Fittingly, the first Wednesday@1 was a short programme of “Music for Remembrance”. Max Kenworthy, Director of Music, played the Prelude and Fugue in C Minor by J S Bach, Elegy by George Thanben-Ball and Saraband (in modo elegiaco) by Herbert Howells.