Over half term, 50 students traveled to Seville on the Channing Music trip, exploring the city and practicing repertoire, which we later performed in concerts. Every morning after a delicious buffet breakfast, we traveled via coach to our rehearsal spot, where we would spend around 3-4 hours on rehearsals every day, as well as getting to go to a lovely cafe nearby.
We hadn’t seen the music before the trip but enjoyed sight-reading our new pieces, which included a Seville-inspired Flamenco composed by Ms. Zanardo and a traditional Sevillian song that we sang in Spanish. After 3 days of rehearsals, we finally had our two concerts in nearby venues, which we really enjoyed performing in, despite the rush!
Aside from rehearsing, one of the highlights of the trip was getting to see Seville Cathedral, as we were able to explore the history behind the architecture. We were all fascinated to learn that the cathedral was built in the place of a Mosque! Additionally, we also got to walk across the ‘Setas’ – a stunning wooden sculpture inspired by the shape of mushrooms and explore the beautiful Gardens of Alcázar.
After exploring the city, we were able to go swimming in the rooftop pool of our hotel. We really enjoyed being able to try a range of Spanish cuisine (the Tapas on the third night was a favorite!) and having an opportunity to practice our Spanish speaking skills. We had a brilliant week, and it was a really fun experience to have taken part in. Make sure to attend the Autumn Concert to hear a small part of what we got up to!
On our return, we gave a concert in the Arundel Centre for all of our parents, and you can watch the video of that performance here: