Vale

The Vale (meaning “farewell”), composed by J. Barnby and with words by A.C. Ainger, is traditionally sung at the end of the Summer half when boys leave Eton.

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Sir Joseph Barnby (1838–1896) was Precentor at Eton from 1875–1892 and then Principal of the Guildhall School of Music. Arthur Campbell Ainger (1841–1919) was a King’s Scholar at Eton, then assistant master from 1864–1901 and a house master from 1870. He was instrumental in establishing the Old Etonian Association.