In July students from all year groups departed on a cold and rainy day for the music trip to Sorrento, Italy. This trip gave me some of the best experiences I’ve ever had during my time at Chancellor’s School.
We flew into Naples airport late in the evening and it was a balmy 38 degrees! We soon arrived in Sorrento and quickly settled down in our hotel. My roommate and I could barely stop grinning as we knew the week ahead of us would be simply awesome.
For the next five days we visited beautiful towns and areas around Sorrento, including a very moving (and very hot!) visit to the archaeological remains at Pompeii. We ate wonderful Italian food and our trip included a visit to a stunning farm, where we learnt how to make mozzarella and our own pizzas.
Each morning after breakfast Mr Clarke ran a rehearsal to practise the pieces for the concert that day. Before we knew it, we were performing to real life audiences! Our first performance was outside the Duomo in Sorrento. Despite there being a few nerves (this being the first concert) it was very successful; the audience seemed to enjoy it quite a lot. The last two performances were in the stunning cathedrals at Amalfi and Ravello. The pieces were transformed by the wonderful acoustics and the choir sounded amazing, even if I say so myself.
Being part of the choir was a magical experience. It didn’t matter what year you were from; all of the individuals worked together to make one sound. On top of this we were with friends and school had ended! What was there not to love?
Vato Klemera 11W
On the 12th July about 40 students and I went on a joint Italian and Music trip. We went to Sorrento, Italy and it was definitely the best trip I have ever been on!
The journey was enjoyable and not too long as I sat next to my friends on the plane. We arrived at the hotel at around 23:45 and went straight to bed ready for an early start in the morning.
The next day we ate an Italian style breakfast; they had a buffet of many things including croissants, fruit salad and cereal. Then we got our bags together to visit Pompeii. A tour guide led us through the captivating ruins and taught us about the cultural history of the area. Despite the heat it was a very enjoyable experience. The best part was the ice cream tasting experience at the end of it!
Tuesday was another fantastic day. In the morning we headed to Amalfi Cathedral and set up for the concert. The choir sang beautifully and by the end of the concert there were so many people who came in to listen! Tired but upbeat after the concert, we went to explore a small town called Ravello in the afternoon. The Italian students practised their Italian by taking part in a treasure hunt and everyone there was so friendly and helpful.
Wednesday and Thursday were so much fun! We got involved in many great activities, including pizza making, going to the beach and to a waterpark. After speeding down twisty slides my friends and I relaxed in a pool which had a wave machine!
On the last day, which in my opinion was the best of all, we travelled to Rome and visited the Colosseum. Despite the long journey, the stunning views and the pizza we ate for lunch definitely made it worthwhile!
Later, sad to leave behind the warm weather and the beautiful places we had seen, we made our way to the airport. Arriving at Chancellor’s at about 1 am, we were happy to see our families again and couldn’t wait to have a nice, long sleep. Overall the trip was absolutely amazing and I am so glad I went on it!
Cristina Hemmett 11B