After the major tour to America earlier in the year, the College Choir stayed closer to home for their summer tour of 2011 by taking a week to explore the churches, beaches and smugglers’ coves of Cornwall.
The Choir sang concerts at the historic church of St Just-in-Roseland, as guests of the National Trust in Trelissick Gardens, and in the chapel of St Michael’s Mount to very enthusiastic audiences. As well as this, the Choir sang Kodaly’s Missa Brevis in conjunction with Truro Cathedral Choir for a Sunday morning Eucharist. Musical highlights of the tour included Arvo Pärt’s innovative setting of the genealogy of Christ (…which was the Son of…), Byrd’s haunting Ne Irascaris Domine, and an arrangement of Harold Arlen’s Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz.
When not singing, there was plenty of time to enjoy the various delights of Cornwall, particularly its fine cream teas. The Choir also took time to play numerous games of beach rounders, have a late-night beach barbeque, and spend time sailing on the Helford River as guests of the College’s Development Director.