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Music Tour Blog 2018

The Senior School Music Tour 2018 have departed for the United Kingdom, Berlin, Prague and Salzburg in December. Stay up to date on their adventures here.


Music Tour Group 2018



  

Day 1

Arrived to the hotel. A little tired as we had a very long day travelling so bed time was 8.30pm. First day in the United Kingdom tomorrow with a day full of sightseeing! 

 

Dinner

Teapots on the ceiling of the tea house.

On the bus

On the bus, on our way! 

 

Day 2

A full day began at Warwick Castle which was great, followed by a trip to Stratford upon Avon. A tour of Shakespeare's house, a quick Devonshire Tea at Bourton on the water tearooms. 

A walk through the village, with the girls singing everywhere they go - all ready for bed again and it is only 7.30pm! 

 Shakespears House

At the Castle

At Warwick Castle waiting to get in!

Chapel

One of the many rooms inside 

The Castle

Inside the Castle

Inside the Castle 

Mr Hoy

Mr Hoy tells the girls this is what happens when you do not do your homework! 

Tea

Devonshire Tea at Bourton on the water tearooms

 

Day 3 - King's High 

We arrived at King’s High and were warmly welcomed with smiley faces that helped us settle in quickly. We met with Mr Laing, the Artistic Director of King’s High, who was very excited to have us there.

He then showed us a quick tour of the School as he took us to the creative arts departments. There, in one of their music rooms, we practised some of our Tara repertoire before meeting some of the girls from the King’s High choir.

 

We were partnered up (two on two) with some girls from King’s High. The girls took part in and experienced lessons that included Drama, Spanish, English, Physics, German, Music, Maths and French, which concluded in period 4 with a tour around the school from some of the schools eldest students. This was a great way to immerse in British education and culture. 

Following this, was a combined rehearsal with King’s High and Mr Oliver Hancock the Warwick Director of Music. We sang Nativity Carol by John Rutter and participated in different and exciting warm ups.

In the late afternoon both schools put on an amazing combined concert where we performed our repertoire and also our two combined items of Psalm 8 by Dan Forrest and Psalm 23 by Franz Schubert. There were a number of special guests in attendance at the concert, including the High Sherriff of Warwickshire and the King’s High Chair of Council. 

We then enjoyed a traditional British meal of fish and chips, with mushy peas, prepared by their French School Chef. It was such a fabulous day and one that we will remember for a long time. We wish to thank the students and staff of King’s High for having us visit their School as we loved sharing the joy of music with them and hope that we can reciprocate their generosity sometime soon.

 


 

Mr Hoy

 

Kings High

Day 3

 

Happy Birthday Sarah! 

It was a wonderful evening celebrating Sarah's birthday in the UK! 

 Sarah Birthday Cake
 Smiles  Pic 10
 Great Picture  Pic 6
 

Day 5 - Matilda Workshop and Matilda the Musical 

Matilda

  

 

Matilda Musical

 

Day 6 - London to Berlin 

Today began by catching our coach to Gatwick Airport and flying to Berlin. We made our way to our restaurant, Hopfingerbräu am Brandenburger Tor, to enjoy a three course meal. We began with Carrot and Pumkin soup and then enjoyed the main course of schinitzel with pom frits and steamed vegetables before finishing with sorbet ice and fresh fruits.
 
After dinner we visited the Brandenburg Gate where the Berlin Wall once stood before we had a tour of the Reichstag Building which is Germany’s national parliament building. The building was originally completed in 1894 as the seat of government, however the building was destroyed in the Second World War and subsequently rebuilt. It is now the government of a unified Germany. We visited Sir Norman Foster’s glass dome at the top of the building, which has a unique view of the city and parliament.
 
We finished our evening by walking through the city to our accommodation capturing beautiful photos of Berlin by night.

 

 

 

Berlin

 

Day 7

Today we made our way to the main train station in Berlin and departed for Hackescher Markt where we began our walking tour of the city. We visited a range of museums, Berlin Cathedral, Humboldt University, the Jewish Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and various parts of the Berlin Wall.

It was very cold and we covered a lot of the city over the course of 3 hours. A hot chocolate stop was very welcome with the temperature being zero degrees. 
 
We then made our way to our accommodation for a hot lunch which was enjoyed by all! After lunch we enjoyed our workshop with Kati Albecht at the Ungefucht Music School where we enjoyed learning new warm up exercises, rounds and repertoire. 
 
After the workshop, we performed for members of the Berlin community at the Vater-Unser-Church. We also participated in a German prayer mass where we sung German Biblical songs, listened to Scripture readings in both German and English and we also participated in prayer. Following our performance, we were invited to a communal dinner with those who watched us perform. There we ate sausages, potato salad and a pumpkin soup, with a traditional hot German Christmas punch. We had the opportunity to meet members of the audience over dinner and learn about the history of their lives and the Vater-Unser-Church. 

 

 

 

Day 7

 Day 7 Lunch  Tara in Berlin
 

Day 8 - Berlin - Dresden - Prague 

 

Day 8 Dinner

 

  

Day 8

 

Day 9 - Prague 

We began the day by catching the train to Mustek station and walking to the Prague Conservatory to work with renowned conductor Mr Vojtech Jouza. He conducts several choirs throughout Prague and is a former conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. 

We worked on some excellent warm up exercises that worked on refining our intonation and fluency of phrasing. We then learnt five Czech folk songs and the stories behind the lyrics. As we soon discovered the Czech language is very difficult and the folk songs helped us learn and refine our pronunciation of these beautiful traditional songs. We worked through the three-part songs in a sequential manner and ensured that each part was secure before the final performance of each song.

We then had lunch at the Conservatory before making our way to St Nicholas Church in the Old Town Square in Prague.

After the concert we enjoyed a guided tour of the ‘Old Town’ of Prague. We saw different theatres and buildings such as Mozart’s home. Although it was a short tour it was a nice way to see and learn a little bit about the city.

We gave a superb concert at St Nicholas Church in the middle of Old Town Square where we sang through our concert program repertoire to a very appreciative audience of 500 people. It was standing room only! All of our hard work had paid off as we sang beautifully inside this amazing Church with incredible acoustics. This was a highlight for all of us and will stay with us for the rest of our lives.

We then enjoyed some time at the Christmas Markets at Vanocni Trhy. What a wonderful day it has been.

 

 

Day 9 Piano

 Day 9  Day 9 Concert

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