Musicians of all ages showcased the school’s vast array of talent during this year’s concert tour to Italy.
The group, which consisted of pupils from second year up to sixth form, began their experience staying in a beautiful hotel with fantastic views of Lake Garda.
Their first performance took place in the village church, Mrs Taylor commented that
Exceptional acoustics meant that our contribution to the mass was resonant and clear. We followed the mass with a few pieces that gave some pupils the opportunity to perform solos.
After their first exceptional performance, the group boarded two cable cars to soak up the panoramic views from the top of the mountain.
The pupils went on to perform at an outdoor festival where over 150 local residents gathered in the town square to watch. They were very appreciative of the pupils’ performance, including the Mayor who gave a presentation to Mrs Taylor and invited everyone to have food and drinks.
The group then travelled to Venice and started their visit with a walking tour around St Mark’s Square before getting ready to perform at Basilica San Marco. They performed their first piece as a full choir to the congregation. The mass heard their voices roll through the various vaulted chambers of the cathedral with such clarity and warmth. As they rose to perform as a 65 piece orchestra, many of the pupils were moved to tears by the emotion of the experience.
The pupils performed through the tears and were applauded at the end of the mass. Their second performance of the day was at another church in Venice with gondolas floating past. The audience changed regularly as both residents and tourists came to see who was making such a wonderful sound.
Their experience ended with everyone relaxing in the pool and a well-deserved boat tour of Lake Garda before travelling home proud of their amazing achievements.