Berkhamsted ‘Junior Music Tour’ to Paris
A whopping 138 pupils from Years 7 and 8 and 18 members of staff went on a Music Tour to Paris from 10th to 15th July. It was certainly a logistical challenge getting that number of pupils and their instruments to France, but Steph Gunary and the accompanying staff made it happen.
Steph Gunary, Director of Performing Arts Development, tells us more about the experience:
“It was certainly the biggest and best overseas music tour ever. Each morning the hotel was filled with sounds of pupils in music workshops and rehearsals. These were worked around some ‘pool-time’ to cool off in the hot weather as well as a Karaoke corner slot and some free ‘jamming time’ for individuals and groups to enjoy making music on their own.”
“All rehearsals led to a massive end of tour concert in which everyone took part. Even the staff got together in a band and performed a few classic numbers. Not only was amazing music produced during the week, but the atmosphere at the final concert was absolutely electric and had a real festival vibe.”
In addition to all the music making, other highlights included seeing some of the best sights of Paris; the Louvre Museum, Disneyland and the Palace of Versailles.
The pupils also took in views of the city from the Montparnasse Tower and from their Bateaux Mouches boat on the Seine.
Thank you to all the staff who helped to make the Junior Music Tour possible, it was a truly fantastic and memorable trip for all involved!