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Stewart Smith is retiring after 39 and a half years as Director of Music

Abbey Gate College celebrates 40 years

140 voices sang out as part of a special gala concert for the school's 40th anniversary

Posted by Hannah Vickers | July 26, 2017 | School life

On Tuesday 4th July, Chester based independent school Abbey Gate College hosted a special gala concert to mark its 40 year anniversary.

As part of the concert, 75 past choir members joined the current choir producing a spectacular sound of 140 voices. The concert was directed by Stewart Smith who is retiring after 39 and a half years as Director of Music. During this time, he has led a thriving music department with many of his former pupils progressing to careers in opera, music production and cathedral music. 

At the concert, the audience also enjoyed performances from the Infant and Junior School choir, instrumentalists and vocalists.

The choir has sung in most English cathedrals including London's St Paul's Cathedral, where they will return in April 2018. The choir has also toured to various locations including France, Belgium (Menin Gate), St Mark's Venice, Germany, Italy, Holland, Denmark and the west and east coast of the USA on two occasions.

The concert also welcomed the new Head of Music, James Andrews who, as well as being a former pupil of the College, is an ex-Head Chorister of Chester Cathedral and a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire. He begins his post in September 2017.

For videos of the night's performances, go to the Abbey Gate College YouTube channel. 

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