Abingdon School tours Barcelona
On Saturday 5 July 73 musicians and seven staff from Abingdon School will leave for an eight-day tour of Barcelona, where the First Orchestra and Chapel Choir will play five concerts at prestigious venues including the Sagrada Familia Cathedral and Esglesia de Sant Domenec, Puigcerda. The varied programme includes works by Elgar, Mozart, Rossini and Gershwin and can be heard at a pre-tour concert on 2 July in the Amey Theatre, Abingdon School at 7pm. This concert is open to the public and admission is free.
The tour features many well-known works, such as Rossini's famous William Tell Overture and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. There will be four concertos played by Abingdon pupils, which will include Mendelssohn's famous violin concerto and an exciting trumpet concerto by the Armenian composer, Alexander Arutiunian, whose style is best described as Shostakovich meets Bernstein.
Michael Stinton, Director of Music at Abingdon said, "The anticipation of the tour has already brought great benefits to both orchestral and choral music making at the school. This will be the fifth major international tour undertaken by the First Orchestra in the last nineteen years. The other tours to Central Europe, Hong Kong and Beijing and the USA have encouraged our young musicians to aim high and to harness the discipline that is required in rehearsal for first class playing. I am delighted that the School’s Chapel Choir will be joining us for this tour."