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We have arrived safe and well in Vienna at 6am Vienna time and we have managed to pack a great deal into the day. We began with a bus tour of the city, a tour of St Stephen’s Cathedral and later this afternoon, a visit to the Hofburg Imperial Apartments and the Spanish Riding School. We have tried the famous hot dogs, some have tried Sacher Torte and coffee. The girls were very impressed with the Cathedral which is central to the city of Vienna. Some of it is 700 years old and has survived fires and bombing in World War 2. The weather here has been wonderful. A little cool but a bright sunny day and we have walked and walked and walked. The girls have been a delight. Everyone travelled well on the long flight and so far all are fit and well, if very tired. The accommodation is excellent so everyone should sleep well tonight.
Mrs Susan Middlebrook
Another big day today. we began with a visit to the Schonbrunn Palace which was spectral. The palace itself is huge and many of the rooms have been opened to the public. The gardens are very extensive and similar in extent to Versaille in France. After our tour of the Palace, we returned to the central city area for lunch and then performed at the Haus der Musik for an hour. The girls sang brilliantly and they received warm applause and praise from the crowd. Leah Park performed a solo piece on the clarinet which was stunning and Emily Partridge’s performance of Pie Jesu with the small group was wonderful. After a tour of the museum, we then walked across the city to the Christmas markets which were very crowded but no one seems to mind that at all. Vienna looks quite beautiful with its Christmas decorations and lights so it took a while to walk to the markets as we all were stopping to take photos of the street and building decorations. After the markets, we walked to dinner and then caught a train to our accommodation. We are doing a lot of walking which we hope is helping minimise the impact of the consumption of the beautiful cakes and pastries that are everywhere here.
The weather has been fine although the wind made it seem quite cold today. The girls tour jackets are keeping them toasty though. Everyone is in fine spirits and health and we are looking forward to an interesting day tomorrow with the Vienna Boys Choir.
Performance at Haus der Musik
You know how some days are very special? Well today was amazing. The workshop with the Choir director, Gerald Worth was an experience I don't think the girls will ever forget. He worked with them for 2 hours today and it was a great honour to see how such a gifted man works to bring the best out of every voice in the room. The girls learned new songs and even how to yodel. The music they created made our skin tingle. After the workshop, we had the opportunity to see the boys choir in rehearsal for their series of Christmas concerts being performed next week in Vienna. This evening we attended an orchestra concert at the Schonbrunn Palace Orangerie which was excellent. The room was warm, the girls very tired and so a few of them may have struggled to stay awake, but it was excellent nonetheless.
I know it is very hot in Sydney but it is seriously cold here. It is -1 at the moment (nearly midnight Monday) with an expected top of 1 degree tomorrow. The girls are all coping well and we are certainly doing more than the recommended 10 000 steps a day- maybe double that.
Off to Paris tomorrow afternoon.
Learning to Yodel
Workshop with the Vienna Boys workshop
We travelled from Vienna to Paris yesterday after spending time in the museums dedicated to Beethoven and Mozart who both resided in Vienna during their lives.
Today the students participated in a performance workshop at Paris Disneyland and then spent the day in the park. we have stayed there all day until the light show and fireworks at the very end of the day. The girls then came back to the hotel and have rehearsed for their performance on the main stage at Disneyland tomorrow. Apart from the rides, the Disney parade, and the stage performances, there have been numerous purchases of mouse ears and interesting hats which look like a Christmas tree. They have had a wonderful day.
Paris - Can you spot Mr Hoy?
Because every Tara girl needs a Christmas jumper
Today (still Sunday here) was the last of the performances for the girls. This morning we performed as part of the service at a Church in Sutton, about an hour out of London. It was another early beginning to the day but so worth it. We were warmly welcomed to the Church Service and it was so good to be part of a family style service. The Church streamed the service over the internet and I know several of our families were able to see the service in real time. For those that missed the live stream you can view the service here.
We then went back to London and visited Harrods before going to our final performance at Grosvenor Chapel. It was such a beautiful venue and the girls sang perfectly.
Tomorrow we are going ice skating at the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park before participating in the Aladdin workshop and then attending a performance of Aladdin in the evening.
I know the girls are looking forward to beginning the journey home early on Tuesday.
We are looking forward to seeing you at the airport on Wednesday evening!
Performing at Sutton Salvation Army
Performing on stage at Disneyland Paris
Jack Sparrow at Disneyland
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