56 members of our touring choir have returned with many fantastic stories of a very successful three week tour of Europe and Hong Kong.
During the 22 day tour, the girls were hosted with choirs and schools and were involved in 21 performances and workshops. The trip commenced in the captivating city of Rome where the choristers performed for the Papal Audience in St Peter’s Square and at the Australian Embassy for Her Excellency Ambassador Hitchman, before travelling to Marostica and Venice.
After spending a week in Italy, our choristers started ‘The Sound of Music’ leg of the tour in Austria! The girls were hosted by the Amadeus International School during their time in Vienna and they participated in combined workshops and concerts with the school choir.
In-between performances, they explored the beautiful city of Vienna and visited sites including the Schonbrunn Palace and the tallest church in the world, Stephansdom. Before spending hours in the interactive sound museum, Haus der Musik.
The final leg of the European section of the tour found the girls in Graz and with our fabulous hosts from the Graz International Bilingual School! They visited the highly anticipated ZOTTER chocolate factory where they participated in a tour of the facilities and enjoyed delicious tasters of Austria’s best chocolate.
With full bellies from the chocolate factory, they headed to the final destination of the tour, magical Hong Kong! After workshops and combined concerts with our host the Kennedy School, choristers took in the sights at the Peak and the Stanley Markets before spending the final day of tour at Hong Kong Disneyland.
There’s no greater honour than representing your country overseas, whether that be in sport, as a member of the diplomatic corps or in your case as fine examples of Australia’s cultural excellence. Thank you for being amongst the best ambassadors we could hope for in showing the world just how friendly and talented Australia can be.’ – Gavin McDougall – Director of Public Affairs – Australian Consulate-General, Hong Kong
The tour has been a life changing experience for all of the choristers and staff involved in the tour and we look forward to our touring adventures both nationally and internationally next year.