Musicians excel on concert tour to the Rhineland

Fifty seven pupils from all year groups enjoyed a highly successful Music tour of the Rhineland in Germany.

A demanding schedule included four concerts and a prestigious invitation to sing at a midday service in Cologne Cathedral.

In recent years the school’s choirs have sung in the cathedrals of Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Salzburg and St. Mark’s, Venice and our pupils excelled once again with a selection of sacred unaccompanied pieces that sounded exquisite in the beautiful cathedral acoustic.

The traditional concerts were given at the Pfarrkirche in Zeltingen-Rachtig and Kurpavillon in Bad Münster and included performances from the First Orchestra, String Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Junior Chamber Choir and Chorus.

These programmes featured the first movements of Mozart’s ‘Symphony no. 40’ and Bottesini’s ‘Double Bass Concerto’ (soloist – Alex Jones), a selection of Piazzolla Tangos, various short sacred and secular choral items and culminated in a rousing rendition of Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’, resulting in standing ovations at both venues.

Lighter outdoor performances were given at the Stadtfest in Andernach and as part of the Kulturufer festival in Bingen. These featured the Concert Band, Big Band, Wind Orchestra, Saxophone Quartet, Wind Quintet, Junior Chamber Choir and Chorus.

Our instrumental groups delighted the audiences with upbeat performances ranging from well-known film tunes to Disney themes, swing and funk numbers as well as arrangements of traditional classics. Junior Choir and Chorus finished the programme with spirited performances of ‘Pure Imagination’, ‘Mack the Knife’ and a medley from Wicked.

Head of Music, Mr Michael Dow, said: “The pupils should all be congratulated on their outstanding singing and playing throughout the tour.

“In spite of limited rehearsal time in the different venues and soaring temperatures towards the end of the week, our pupils consistently rose to the occasion and drew effusive praise from our German hosts who were enormously impressed with both the range and quality of the programmes on offer.”

In between the concert performances, opportunities for fun and relaxation were enjoyed with a tour of the Lindt chocolate factory, a panoramic boat cruise on the Rhine, tobogganing at the Loreley Rodelbahn and a full day at the Phantasialand theme park. The tour finished with the usual informal cabaret of comedy performances from pupils and staff.

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