Summer Choir Tour to Berlin

 

Director of Music, Mr Ralph Kerr, writes:

“During the week after the end of term, the choir enjoyed a fabulous tour to Berlin, performing excellent choral concerts in the Dorfkirche Stahnsdorf and the Friedenskirche at the Palace of Sanssouci . The second of these concerts was performed alongside the German Youth Orchestra, CODA, which visited Clayesmore on tour towards the end of the Summer Term 2015. We were delighted to be invited by them to Berlin for a tour of our own in order to perform with them on their home ground! The choir performed items taken from the English Choral repertoire which included outstanding solos sung by Phoebe Whitley and Georgia Darke. Our pipers, Jack, Arthur and Harvey, also gave rousing performances on the bagpipes, accompanied by the organ, and the barbershop group entertained our audiences with an exciting and tuneful selection of close harmony items. The proceeds from ticket sales and retiring collections at the concerts, amounting to over 1700 euros from generous and numerous audience members, were donated to the churches in which the choir performed.

Besides a busy performance and rehearsal schedule, the twenty one pupils attending the tour greatly enjoyed exploring the wonderful city of Berlin. The pupils expertly negotiated Berlin’s outstanding public transport system to enjoy shopping trips and sightseeing excursions within the city as well as in Potsdam, situated South West of Berlin. These included trips to the Checkpoint Charlie museum, a tour of the Reichstag, and visits to the Holocaust Memorial and the Russian War Memorial in the Tier Garten. The pupils also enjoyed a fascinating backstage tour of the Deutsche Oper, a visit to the Palace of Sanssouci and an afternoon visiting the theme park, Filmpark Babelsberg. In addition to this busy programme, members of the 6th form enjoyed a trip to the Opera to watch a production of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio at the Deutsche Opera.”