St George's Chamber Choirs travel to Belgium

From 8-10 March, Chamber Choir pupils from both St George's Junior School and St George's College respectively took part in a special trip to perform in Belgium. 

The children met with over 150 other pupils from fellow Josephite schools to take part in a day of creative workshops where they participated in all sorts of activities including: singing; dancing; stencilling; spray painting; poetry writing; and world music. 

In the evening, the choirs gave a recital in the beautiful Sint-Bartholomeuskerk in Geraardsbergen to a very appreciative audience whose standing ovation paid testament to the children’s animated and committed performance. The following day, the choirs performed at an even grander location, St Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent. This might have been the coldest concert the choirs have ever had to perform, but the generous acoustic, enthusiasm of the children and magnificent organ sounds provided a fitting musical end to the trip. 

After the performance, all of the children were able to visit the famous oak panel paintings ‘The mystic Lamb’ by Hubrecht and Jan van Eyck. The last stop before heading home was the town of Ypres to see the Menin Gate, where pupils were able to see the vast lists of names of those soldiers who lost their lives during the First World War. The company held a short prayer service here for all those Old Georgians affected by the atrocities of war. Following this, the group sat down to a well earned supper in the town square and a much enjoyed and noisy go on the dodgems at the town’s funfair.

A big thank you to all the Music staff from both schools who ensured the trip went smoothly and congratulations to the students and pupils for their hard work and fantastic singing.

21 March 2017

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