Music Tour to Italy, July 2013

The group was based in San Zeno, a beautiful town overlooking lake Garda, and performed the first concert of the tour in the local church to a capacity audience. The delightful family run hotel was an excellent base for the tour and served plenty of homemade pasta and traditional Italian fayre. Free time was spent at the pool or playing table tennis.The musicians enjoyed a day at nearby Verona where they soaked up the sounds and sights of this elegant city visiting places such as the 16th century church of St Anantasia and the open-air Roman arena where all enjoyed a spectacular performance of Verdi’s requiem. Following Verona the group moved on to Venice to sing mass at St Mark’s Basilica and perform a concert at the stunning Mircaoli Church. The final performance of the tour was on an open-air stage in the town of Garda. Other things which will linger in the memory… the pedalo boats on lake Garda, the hairpin bends on the road to San Zeno, sunset on the lake, the intense heat, the impromptu concert on the last night for the elderly residents of the hotel and the dramatic cable car ride to the top of Monte Baldo. A wonderful experience for all.