MCS musicians enjoyed a magical music tour to Italy. Thank you to Lower Sixth's Kentaro for this report:
We had four concerts lined up in four very different environments, which included a collaborative concert with a supposedly ‘youth’ choir in San Miniato, participation in Catholic mass (in Lucca), and participation in the Arezzo Organ Festival, and all occasions were a great success, with many receiving standing ovations from the audiences. The concerts featured a number of contrasting works, including unaccompanied choral items, Dag Wirén's Serenade for Strings, some solo organ works, a flute and piano trio, and of course a monumental rendition of Beatus Vir, which ended each concert. Despite the reasonably busy concert schedule, the group were also given plenty of time to take in the cultural and artistic beauty of the monuments of Tuscany, which have been a pinnacle of Italian arts for many centuries. Filled with information from Mr Vallance’s daily historical inputs, we were able to get a taste of everything, seeing the iconic art of Italy - the leaning tower of Pisa, the Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, the various Cathedrals (or ‘Duomo’), and many others.
With a high majority of the tour members being the newest set of Old Waynfletes, the tour was a fitting final farewell to an incredibly talented year of U6th musicians.
All things considered, the tour was a great success, which of course would not have been possible without the help, guidance, and pastoral care of all the teachers who gave up the first week of the holiday for this, and of course Mr Cullen, who took every care into organising a thoroughly enjoyable trip for each individual.