Gad’s students paid tribute to Charles Dickens last night at commemorative service in Rochester Cathedral.

The annual Dickens’ Choral Evensong was held in the cathedral’s 7th century Quire and saw 50 Juniors, aged between seven and 11-years-old, sing a selection of hymns and Psalms and lead the prayers.

Throughout the service, Gad’s youngest Seniors gave readings from the bible before Headmaster, Mr Paul Savage, read a moving excerpt from the great author’s last published works, ‘The Life of Our Lord’.

After, two Year seven students led the congregation to the Dickens’ Memorial to lay a wreath to honour the 149th anniversary of his death.

Gad’s Director of Music, Mr John Stone, said: “Tonight’s ceremony is particularly poignant to our Juniors who have spent today taking part in specialist Dickensian workshops to celebrate Dickens’ works and life.

“I’m always thrilled how many Juniors and their families attend this very special evensong, it’s testament to the respect they have to be learning in Dickens’ very own home, Gad’s Hill School.”



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