The Mount St Mary’s College and Balborough Hall Choir Tour: Rome Day 2

Apr 23, 2016


Stomachs filled with Italian pastries and cake, we began our second day in Rome with a visit to the Vatican Museum. We wandered through the museum, eventually reaching the Sistine Chapel. Its reputation does not do it justice. Whatever one may have heard, and no matter how many photographs and films one may have seen on the chapel, the intimacy and freshness of the depicted scenes from the Book of Genesis can only be appreciated in the Chapel itself.

Time for a quick photo at the Vatican Museum!
Time for a quick photo at the Vatican Museum!

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The Vatican Museum
The Vatican Museum

 

After a quick lunch, we made our way back to the hotel for a quick change into formal clothes for the next concert at Chiesa di Sant’Agnese in Piazza Navona. Brucker’s Locus Iste, Caccini’s Ave Maria performed by the talented Scarlett, and an arrangement of Our Father sang by the Balborough Hall Choir, drew more and more people into the church. When the final chords of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus melted into silence, the audience was brought to its feet by roaring waves of applause. After the performance, the Music Director of Chiesa di Sant’Agnese who organizes numerous concerts by visitors every year, praised The Mount St Mary’s and Balborough Hall Choir, saying that they were the ‘best choir she has ever heard’.

A very moving concert . The Mount St Mary's College and Balborough Hall Choirs sing their hearts out at Chiesa di Sant’Agnese in Piazza Navona.
A very moving concert . The Mount St Mary’s College and Balborough Hall Choirs sing their hearts out at Chiesa di Sant’Agnese in Piazza Navona.
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Scarlett perfomring Caccini’s Ave Maria

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Upon leaving the church, the choirs, staff and parents enjoyed an ice cream as they walked around Piazza Novana before heading back to the hotel for a meal and a good night’s rest.

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The Mount and Balborough Hall students enjoying a gentle walk around Piazza Navona!

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Written by Lucy Kitchener