Exeter School’s annual Founders’ Day Service was held at Exeter Cathedral on Wednesday 22 April.
The whole school, comprising boys and girls aged 7-18, staff and governors, gathered to give thanks to its founders in a beautiful service.
The Reverend Hilary Dawson, Rector of Colyton, gave an address at the school’s service encouraging the congregation to live life to the full and do all the good you can in the words of John Lesley, the English preacher, and founder of the Methodist movement.
The service was conducted by the School Chaplain, Mr John Allan.
Beau Piggott Gill, Oscar Clements, Izzy Trelawny and Hannah Petersen from the Junior School led the intercessions beautifully.
The Chairman of Governors, Mr Andrew King read the Act of Commemoration together with Deputy Head Boy Freddie House and Head Girl Rosie Vercoe.
The music was led ably by the Director of Music Mr Peter Tamblyn and the organ was played beautifully by Mr Andrew Daldorph.
The Reverend Canon Dr John Searle gave the blessing at the end.
The Lord Mayor entered the Cathedral to Fanfare for Freedom, Individuality and All That by Middle Fifth pupil Theo Bently Curtin, played by the school’s Senior Brass Ensemble and exited to March: Folk Songs from Somerset from Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Suite played by the Symphony Orchestra.
The school’s Chamber Choir performed Haec Dies by William Byrd, and contemporary composer Morton Lauridsen’s O Nata Lux beautifully. The Junior Singers, Junior Choir, Middle School Choir and Chamber Choir combined to sing Rutter’s Gaelic Blessing.
A cream tea followed for staff and Sixth Formers.
Thanks to everyone who made this significant event in the school’s calendar so enjoyable and run so smoothly.