Musicians Hit all the Right Notes in Normandy
What a wonderful few days we had on the music tour to Normandy. The Portsmouth/Caen crossing meant we had a very early start, but it was a great crossing and then our hotel was only a few minutes away from the port. Within an hour of docking we were on the beach.
The following day we were off to visit and perform for the staff and children at a primary school in Lanthouil. Once again, they pulled out all the stops for us this year, even to the extent of performing two plays in English. The French children did brilliantly. This was followed by splitting into groups and the children made crêpes together – with varying degrees of success, depending largely on the ability to follow, or perhaps understand, the recipe.
We were then treated to lunch, a further opportunity for the children to mix, and then we set off for the nearby sports centre to perform for the children of two schools – Lanthouil and Creully. The concert went down very well, I am pleased to say, with our string players, wind band, quartets, Bente’s harp, and the choir all being very well-received.
Our other concert was in the Church of Saint Patrice in Bayeux. We had a more modest audience numerically, but nevertheless the concert was once again very well-received.
The children conducted themselves superbly throughout the tour. It was a young group, so my particular congratulations to those who were away from home for the first time.
Bravo to all!