Stephen and I are just back from taking 61 teenagers to Italy on a music tour with one of my schools, Prince Henry’s High School, Evesham.
Stephen drove, along with one of the parents, a 3-ton truck containing all the instruments and sound equipment. I took the easier option and went by plane with the rest of the party.
We were based in Bussolengo, in the region of Lake Garda, arriving on Wednesday 20th July and departing the following Tuesday. In that time we visited many places including Verona, Garda and Venice. We performed several concerts, sang Mass in the Duomo at Pescantina and performed four motets in the Basilica of San Marco Venice.
There were also ad hoc performances by the Barbershop Boys in St Mark’s Square and by the tour choir in the raked seating in the Arena at Verona, at the dinner table in the hotel and in the foyer of Heathrow Airport!
All in all we had a fantastic time. The students were a credit to their school, both in behaviour and in the excellence of their musicianship, and were genuinely a pleasure to be with all week. The whole experience was rewarding and exhausting in equal measure!
Do take a look at some of the videos shot and edited by Stephen. Keep in mind this is just an ordinary state secondary school – not a specialist music college!