On Sunday 8 July, the Chamber Choir went on a tour to Bruges, Belgium. We had been preparing all year for this tour by learning a huge amount of repertoire by heart!
On Sunday, we travelled to Belgium by ferry, arriving in time to go to the beach and swim in the sea. It was a delightful start to the trip! we headed back to the hotel and had dinner, and then once more we headed out to the beach and treated ourselves to ice cream and waffles. Afterwards, we had a rehearsal to prepare for the forthcoming concert.
The next day we visited the Grand Place in Brussels where we enjoyed a walking tour that told us all about the history of Brussels. We were allowed to explore in the streets and take in the atmosphere. Afterwards, we headed to a chocolate demonstration and tasting. We learnt about the history of chocolate, the process of making it and the different recipes for white, milk and dark chocolate. We also were able to taste some delicious hot chocolate.
From there, we headed to the church where our first concert was to be held. The venue had wonderful acoustics and the concert was a huge success with a standing ovation from the audience!
On the third day we travelled to the beautiful city of Bruges, where we had shopping opportunities before heading off for a boat trip. It was such great fun and the tour guide gave us an insight into the history of Bruges, followed by some spontaneous singing!
We then went to the church where our next concert was going to be held. There were over 120 people in the audience and, again, the concert was a great success! After the concert, we had a celebratory bowling night, where we watched the semi finals of the football World Cup.
Well done to all the soloists who performed in the concerts, you were all so amazing and brave! We also want to give a huge thank you to Mrs Worrell, Madame Lewis and especially Mr Harrison and Mrs McAdam for making the trip a great success.
By Eleanor, Freya and Elizabeth, Year 9