Barcelona Music Tour
During half term 53 members of Chapel Choir, Cantare and Chamber Orchestra visited Barcelona for five days to perform four concerts and visit the sites. Year 13 student Lucy Little has put together the following report on the tour.
On the first morning in Barcelona the SES group was one of the first into Park Güell which is filled with the works of the architect Antoni Gaudí. The party then made its way to La Sagrada Família, one of the most iconic buildings associated with Barcelona. After our morning of tourist activities, we prepared for our first concert in Barcelona Cathedral. There we were met with a large audience including locals as well as tourists who stopped to find some tranquillity.
The second day of the tour was based on the outskirts of Barcelona. We first headed to the Dalí museum in Figueres where we were met with the bizarre, yet wonderful, world of Salvador Dalí. There is no doubt that the entire tour party could have spent all day wondering around the museum absorbing all the delights however, the second concert was beckoning and so we all headed to Girona for another night of music. Although the audience in Girona was smaller than at Barcelona Cathedral, all of the ensembles performed to an incredibly high standard with the acoustics in the Cathedral leaving everyone beaming with delight.
On our penultimate day in Barcelona we journeyed to Montserrat – a majestic gem hidden in the mountains. We journeyed up by cable car which allowed us to take in the sensational views overlooking the mountainous landscape. With only a ten-minute allocated performance time only Chapel Choir was able to perform in the Monastery yet beforehand we performed a “flash mob” in the square in front of the Monastery which was extremely well received by a multitude of tourist groups. The actual concert was certainly one of the highlights for Chapel due to the fact that we sang in front of a crowd of over 800 people in the most glorious, extravagant Monastery. Following our performance was the world famous ‘Escolania’ - one of the oldest boys’ choir in Europe.
Our final concert back in Barcelona was a memorable one due to the tremendous appreciation from the audience. Many of the church members had come specially to listen to our music and they applauded with a standing ovation at the end of the concert.
In our main concerts all three ensembles together performed Vivaldi’s Gloria which was an exhausting yet rewarding piece of work to perform. This work involved many soloists, both instrumental and vocal: Grace Durose, Olivia Longbone, Ellie Bingham, Lucy Little and also Charity Stowe (oboe) and Sam Bradshaw (cello).
This trip could not have been successful without the dedication of members of the ensemble and music staff, who all gave up significant time after school hours to practice. A very special thank you to Mr Turner who had the stress of organising such an immense trip, and for ensuring that both Chapel and Vivaldi’s Gloria was performed to the highest of standards.
Lucy Little, Year 13
Click here to see a gallery of photos from the tour.