Here is our report on yet another very enjoyable and successful Summer Choir Tour.
High spirits were evident right from the start of the coach journey, and everyone enjoyed each other’s company including during the various stops for refreshments.
The ferry approached Calais and on arrival in Nice there was time to quickly wash away the journey in the Mediterranean. A local restaurant provided our evening meals with some students just a little tired from the long journey and rehearsal!
Our first full day began with a ‘cultural’ visit to Monaco including driving round parts of the Formula One track, stylishly not visiting the Monte Carlo Casino and plenty of general sightseeing. We also went swimming with the jet setters in the iconic Stade Nautique Rainier III.
Later that day we presented Haydn’s Creation in Nice’s Église Saint Jean-Baptiste - le Voeu. The more indefatigable members of the choir set off for their 7.00am swim the next day as usual.
Team building exercises were on the agenda for Sunday 12th August with a visit to the Canyon Forest Adventure Park for most of the choir where some were more confident than others. In the evening we presented a very sunny concert to a large and enthusiastic crowd in Antibes’ Kiosque de Musique. Solos from Josh Dodding and Ben Middleton, music from The Greatest Showman and Hamilton, and pieces from the Swing Band were all very well received and even led to the audience joining in dancing!
As shown in the picture below, some enjoyed carrying the musical equipment to and from the bandstand more than others! After two very successful concerts Mr Millest just thought that a little more team building was necessary to help the choir achieve absolute top for most of the choir where some went off to the Aquasplash Water Park while the more safety-conscious visited the town of Antibes.
Many thanks to all who participated in this year’s choir tour. You brought a lot of enjoyment to the people who saw you perform and you also hopefully enjoyed the music, good company and ‘team-building’ exercises!