Pupils enjoy a memorable and noteworthy school trip to Belgium

Rose Hill School Choir tour combines culture and history (with the odd sweet treat!) as they travel to De Panne and Ghent

In a harmonious journey of music, history, and sweet indulgence, the Rose Hill School Choir embarked on a memorable tour to Belgium recently.

The tour, led by the co-ed prep school’s Director of Music, Elisa Harrod, was deemed to be ‘an extraordinary experience’ for the students, leaving indelible impressions on both performers and audiences alike.

“Local audiences, large and appreciative, were treated to a repertoire that showcased the pupils’ musical prowess,” explained a Rose Hill spokesperson.

“The concerts in De Panne and Ghent, akin to performing in cathedrals, were met with thunderous applause,” they added.

Beyond the stage, the choir immersed themselves in the rich history of the region.

“A visit to the Hooge Crater Museum provided a profound insight into the trenches of World War I, with Rose Hill’s Head of History, Dr Tuck guiding the pupils through a historical journey. At Tyne Cot Cemetery, the pupils paid a poignant tribute by singing In Flanders Fields.”

Chocolates and history intertwined on the trip as the choir explored the delightful offerings of Belgium.

“A visit to a chocolatier provided a mouthwatering demonstration of the transformation of dark chocolate into its creamy counterpart. Laughter echoed through the Castle of the Counts in Ghent as the children explored its history with a humorous audio guide.”

The tour concluded on a sweet note in Ypres, where the choir indulged in a final chocolate shop visit.

Reflecting on the trip, Elisa Harrod told the Times: “I am very proud of the exemplary behaviour, outstanding performances, and respect demonstrated by the pupils throughout the tour.

“The choir’s journey to Belgium was not just a musical venture but a profound cultural and historical experience that will undoubtedly linger in the hearts and minds of all those involved.”

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