Prep School Choir Tour to Provence

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After an early start on the first day of the summer holidays, 39 of our Prep School Singers boarded the bus to the airport to catch a flight to sunnier climes for the exciting Choir Tour to Provence.

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Our accommodation, the YMCA in Avignon, had all the creature comforts we could have asked for and more, with an outdoor swimming pool, table tennis table, games room and delicious home-cooked food prepared by our delightful hosts. To crown it all, the view over Avignon and the river was quite spectacular!

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Our French Tour guide, Angélique, kept us entertained and informed throughout our stay with lots of animated stories about the history of the region and French customs and language.

A boat trip on the Rhône gave us a different perspective on this beautiful city; we had time to explore the market and bustling streets where we bought souvenirs, practised our French and tasted a myriad of wonderful French glaces!

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Our concert in Avignon was a resounding success, aided by George who piped the choir on stage. The children sang beautifully to a large and very appreciative audience, with some superb soloists and a grand organ solo by Mr Goodenough.

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The next day, the temperature rose considerably, so we were very pleased to be able to let off steam and cool down at Aqualand Park. The water slides ranged from gentle to extreme and the children showed no fear, hurling themselves with abandon down as many rides as they could fit in to the day!

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We crammed as much as we possibly could into our penultimate day. We swam underneath the awe-inspiring Pont du Gard, picnicked on the riverbank and then headed to the informative Visitor Centre, where we learned about the history of this incredible structure.

Next, it was off to the beautiful city of Aix-en-Provence for a rehearsal in the cathedral, a delicious meal in a nearby restaurant and a wonderful final performance as part of the Provençal Festival.

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Finally, it was time to say goodbye to this beautiful region, but we had time to buy packed lunches from the local boulangerie and have a last swim in the pool before heading back to Marseille for our flight home to Edinburgh.

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Thank you to our talented, hard-working children who gave so much throughout the tour and conversed boldly in French whenever the opportunity arose. Also to the many parents who came out to support the concerts and to the marvellous staff team who brought their inimitable sense of fun to everything we did together!

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