This year’s Christmas concert at St Paul’s Girls’ School started with an ambitious production of Benjamin Britten’s opera Noye’s Fludde. It involved music, acting and dance – and an extraordinary set. After God’s warning to Noah, the animals of the Junior Choir marched into the ark in their masks and ponchos while the splendidly nasty gossips of the Middle School Choir perished in the flood alongside the rest of humanity. Once the ark had been dismantled and the smoke machines turned off, the audience was treated to a jazz mass, three Copland songs and Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols. The school’s well-loved carols then crowned the concert and united all the choirs and the congregation, filling the Great Hall with festive cheer.