Senior Choir London Trip
Blue skies and glorious sunshine were the order of the day in London as 41 members of the Senior Choir arrived to soak up as much of the culture, music and history that this great city has to offer in a jam-packed three day tour.
The London Eye was our first stop where tour guides escorted us to our very own pods and took us through the wonders of the London skyline, with views as far as Wembley Stadium due to amazingly clear weather. Covent Garden for shopping and crowd-pleasing outdoor entertainments of all kinds was following by an energetic musical theatre workshop in the famous Pineapple Dance Studios where the choir were put through their paces, acting, singing and dancing their way through excerpts from Matilda. The Cambridge Theatre was our next stop and we sat back to enjoy Tim Minchin's amazing musical telling of Roald Dahl's classic tale, Matilda, where colour, spectacle, amazingly talented kids, ingenious sets and great music abounded.
Day two started with a gospel workshop full of soul, movement and fun before we headed back into town for the British Museum and the shops of Oxford Street. Spooky tales of Jack the Ripper in London's East End was next and our final stop took us to Canary Wharf for ice-skating.
Our last came all to soon but a colourful, entertaining and insightful tour of the Shakespeare's Globe by a Kilkenny man, the solemn and awesome wonders of Matinsin St Paul's Cathedral and the rather intriguing items found in the Tate Modern filled another wonderful morning. The historic RAF St Clement Danes Church was our final venue for a choral workshop led by the Director of the University of London's Chapel Choir who introduced the Senior Choir to Benjamin Britten, a giant of English choral music, as well as a happy-go-lucky chorus number, "Seasons of Love" from Rent the musical. Huge thanks to everyone involved for making this such a wonderful trip, a real highlight of the year for Senior Choir.