Posted: 07 March 2017
A grammar school from Wiltshire had a wonderful school choir tour to Ghent last month.
In addition to giving concerts in churches and in a cathedral, the group also spent time visiting the WWI battlefields and cemeteries and performed in the ceremony at the Last Post at the Menin gate.
“The highlight was being able to take a meaningful part in this ceremony,” Chris their Head of Music commented. “Very moving. It was the highlight of the trip in many ways.”
The group also visited the famous Gravensteen Castle and enjoyed a trip to a local chocolaterie.
Chris continued: “Isabel [their Operations Manager] has been an enormous help in setting things up for the tour. From our initial phone conversation through to the end, I was always confident that things were being arranged as we’d discussed.
“Ghent is an excellent destination – none of our staff had been before, but what a lovely city!
“We stayed in a really good hostel. The staff were always helpful and clear. Always someone on hand to see us promptly too. The boys were well fed with good sized portions, and the dietary needs were met really well.
“Matt [their tour manager] quickly became a member of the team. He was pretty vital – it would have been more stressful without him!”
Chris summed up:
“Overall, a first rate musical experience and a fun and interesting tour for both staff and students.”
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Anthony Chew, Head of Music, Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, Lancashire.
Jane Werry, Head of Music, Hayes School, Kent.
James Williams, Llandovery College, Carmarthenshire.