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NTU Chamber Choir tour - Budapest 2015

Over the Easter holidays the NTU Chamber Choir headed to Budapest, Hungary, for their annual European tour.

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Over the Easter holidays the NTU Chamber Choir headed to Budapest in Hungary for their annual European tour.

Throughout the week the choir performed in a range of fantastic venues. Their first stop was at the beautiful St. Anna's Church, where they received a standing ovation. Their repertoire included Oh Thou the Central Orb by composer Charles Wood, Karl Jenkins's God Shall Wipe Away All Tears and In Paradisum and Hubert Parry's powerful anthem My Soul There is A Country.

The choir then headed to the Museum of Music History, where their accompanist, Tom Bates, had the pleasure of playing Bartok's very own Bosendorfer piano - and as you can imagine he was thrilled. The audience requested an encore following this performance, and the choir happily obliged, performing one of their favourite pieces; Viva la Musica.

Next, the choir visited the Royal Palace of Godollo - one of the only remaining baroque theatres in Europe - a stunning venue, steeped in history and beautiful architecture. Here the choir performed more of a popular repertoire, including How Deep is Your Love by the Bee Gees, Fix You by Coldplay and Sing a Song of Sixpence by J. Michael Diack.

Both the performance at the museum and the concert at the palace included solos by three NTU students: Hannah Locke, Sam Telford and Lauren Garrill, who sang a mixture of folk songs and musical theatre numbers.

The final concert took the choir to the magnificent Matthias Church, a beautiful venue located on the hill of Pest, providing a phenomenal view of the city. Wonderful acoustics and an enthusiastic audience were the icing on the cake for the choir and the perfect end to an exciting tour. The concert included solos from Soprano, Anna Wright and Bass, Andrew Ness, who sang classical pieces by Finzi and Mozart. Director of Music, Matthew Hopkins, also performed Every Valley from Handel's Messiah.

During the tour, the choir also had the opportunity to explore the city and to visit some of Budapest's landmarks. Highlights included a boat trip along the famous river Danube and a visit to Budapest's famous Turkish Baths and Ruin Bars. In the spirit of the tour, the choir also made a point of singing during trips on public transport or while visiting landmarks - much to the delight of passengers and passersby!

All in all, the tour was a huge success and an excellent bonding experience for the choir. In fact, following the tour the choir performed their impressive repertoire to a local audience at NTU's Old Chemistry Theatre in Newton building.

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NTU Chamber Choir tour - Budapest 2015

Published on 29 April 2015
  • Category: Culture; Music

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