To give a feel of our recent tour, we asked five of our younger players for their thoughts...
It was an early 6:00AM start for our trip to Ireland, but the 11hour journey was definitely worth it!
After sightseeing in Belfast on the first morning, we began the rehearsal collaborating with the Irish dancers, from Realta school. It was a new experience for most of us, as we’d never had the opportunity to do something like that before. Afterwards, we tried some Irish dancing ourselves, which was hilarious! The concert went well.
Our second day started with a long haul to Donegal. We visited the beach, where we advertised our second concert by handing out fliers to the public. This was followed by a lovely meal at the restaurant across the road. That concert was our personal favourite, as we had a very appreciative audience and we felt that we had played our best.
On our last day in Ireland, we went to St. Malachy’s College – Neil’s old school! Nine young musicians from Belfast School of Music joined us for a few of our pieces. Funnily enough, we met Neil’s old violin teacher, who was lovely to us and motivated us before the concert. It was an emotional evening for the orchestra as it was the final concert for many of our members. Back at Lorne House, we celebrated a brilliant tour with pizza and games.
With thanks to Zoe, Lottie, Amelia, Lily & Olivia