The Choir of Trinity College celebrated their traditional Trinity-Thomian weekend held on the on the 17th and 18th of February 2018 at the College Chapel, continuing the unique tradition of brotherhood between ‘The School on The Hill’ and ‘The School by The Sea’.
The tradition of the Trinity-Thomian weekend dates back to the times Mr. Clement Edward, Trinity’s first choir master, and also Mr. Ronald Thangiah, who were both old boys of S. Thomas’. This meeting of two leading schools in Sri Lanka serves to renew and replenish the relationship and brotherhood between them as they continue to stand as sibling schools in the Anglican community. The choirs of both schools are also renowned for their rich repertoire and tradition in choral music.
On Saturday the 17th the Thomians were warmly welcomed by the choristers of Trinity, and after lunch and a session of cheering the cricket teams at Asgiriya, took part in a combined practice followed by a fellowship tea at the chapel lawn. After tea the choristers from both schools were at the Junior School grounds and quadrangle engaged in an enjoyable session of games: cricket, rugby, football, and basketball until evening.
The fellowship dinner followed next, with customary formalities were carried out by the Principal along with the choir leaders of both schools, during which they shared a variety of ideas and interests among themselves.
The Holy Communion Service was held the following day at 8.30 am with the two choirs along with the clergy from both schools. The bible readings were done by both choirs. The sermon was by the Associate Chaplain of S. Thomas’, who particularly made mention of the value of this beautiful tradition.
The musical highlight of the morning, “God So Loved the World” by Bob Chilcott was performed by both choirs as a special anthem. Naturally, the chapel was filled with the glorious voices of a combined choir of more than 100 voices. The service attracted many visitors and the Trinitians particularly appreciated the presence of several parents and well wishers who travelled all the way from S. Thomas’.
The fellowship breakfast followed next with the Choirs, Heads, Chaplains and staff of both schools, after which another wonderful Trinity-Thomian weekend came to an end.
As the Thomians headed back down to Colombo it was indubitable that both schools had once again instilled in themselves a greater sense of brotherhood and friendship. Carrying forward this mutual bond between the two schools, the Choristers of Trinity College hopes to visit their fellow brothers 2019, along with the cricketers and the debaters for another Thomian-Trinity Weekend.