London!

This morning we said goodbye to Scarman House at U Warwick and drove 3 hours to London.

Our rendezvous point for lunch was a square near St Paul’s where they had set up ping-pong tables:

We had a nice walking tour of some of the major sights in London.

Millennium Bridge:

Big Ben and Westminster Abby

 

Trafalgar Square

 

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Dinner at La Gusta

We took over La Gusta restaurant inside the Warwick Arts Center. Dinner was steak and fries–yum!

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Joint concert at Butterworth Hall

In the afternoon we performed a joint concert with the Warwick Symphony Orchestra. The Warwick Orchestra welcomed us with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and we finished with Paul McGrath conducting both orchestras together in Walton’s Crown Imperial.

Paul noted that we may have broken the record for the largest number of symphony orchestra players on stage in Butterworth hall–a stage extension had to be specially installed for us!

After the concert, we heard Paul conduct a very moving choral piece in the foyer of the arts building.

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Rehearsal at Butterworth Hall: chaperone free time

While the students had rehearsal Sunday, the chaperones snuck off to Warwick Castle.

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Walton Rehearsal

In the afternoon the kids had a wonderful rehearsal with Paul McGrath:

 

 

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Evening concert and games

In the evening our musicians were the audience, as they attended a Big Band concert  — part of the festival they will be performing in tomorrow afternoon. After the concert, many of the kids played card games back at the hotel.

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UK/USA Sports Exchange

The afternoon was filled with sectionals, in preparation for their joint concert with the University of Warwick Orchestra.

Following sectionals rehearsals with the UW Orchestra, we played sports with the U Warwick Orchestra. Some well-known sports…

Four Square:

Frisbee:

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Basketball:

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Soccer:

 

And a few lesser-known sports….

Ball levitation:

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Ye Olde Cards Against Humanitie:

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Interpretive Dance:

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Competitive Fence Climbing:

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