At the end of the summer term , the chamber choir flew out to Italy for our long-anticipated music tour of Rome. Our programme of events included singing mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, Santa Maria Maggiore and also the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi. As well as this we gave a concert of choral works and instrumental solos in the Nostra Signora del Sacro Cuore of the Piazza Navona. We were privileged to attend the angelus by Pope Francis himself and did much sightseeing throughout the day – including visiting the Basilica and tomb of Saint Cecilia (patron saint of music), experiencing the beautiful views of Lake Albano, the Trevi fountain and the Colosseum.
We also enjoyed a lot of pizza, pasta and gelato in the popular tourist areas of Rome.
This was an incredible experience both musically and culturally and was hugely appreciated by our audiences sitting in the cool chapels during the Cerberus heatwave of early July!
The music staff at St Joseph’s are truly amazing for putting together a wonderful programme for teachers and students from years 8 – 13. The tour provided an amazing learning opportunity and many memories for everyone who participated.
Carys Jarvie Year 11