At the beginning of the Easter holidays, the Chamber Choir enjoyed a highly successful concert tour of Paris. They sang in the churches of Saint-Sulpice to an audience of 80, La Madeleine to an audience of 200 and then in Notre Dame Cathedral where it was estimated that there was an audience of over 1000! Mr Martin Ford, the Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey was their accompanist, and he commented on the high standard of performance of the girls at each venue.
Expertly assisted by Miss Collings, Mrs Wilkinson, Mrs Sutton and our excellent tour manager Mr Edward Bates, the tour was directed by Mr Sutton who was delighted with the hard work and professionalism displayed by all of the girls involved. The Chamber Choir also sang in St Peter’s Church in Chantilly where they received a warm welcome from the enthusiastic audience which packed into the church to hear the Choir. After a heartfelt vote of thanks from the priest in charge, the girls were delighted to be guests of honour at a reception which the whole village appeared to attend!
Following a tiring schedule of four concerts in two days, the girls ascended the Tour Montparnasse at night. This has stunning views of Paris, and without the long queues; it is a preferable option to the estimated two hour wait to ascend the Eiffel Tower. The girls spent a whole day of fun relaxing at Disneyland and then enjoyed a short cruise on the Seine on the Sunday morning, which included watching part of the Paris Marathon, before returning by Eurostar to England.
To quote one letter of thanks sent afterwards to Headmistress Dr Kirk - ‘’ I was, however, so astonished by the sheer beauty and professionalism of your choir's singing that I felt I simply had to tell the folks back home just what a sensational impact they had on the four audiences before whom they performed in Paris.’’
This was a fabulous concert tour to Paris for the girls of the Chamber Choir and one that none of the participants will ever forget.