This morning we said goodbye to Scarman House at U Warwick and drove 3 hours to London.
Goodbye Scarman House!
Last weetabix fix
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.
Big Ben and Westminster Abby
We took over La Gusta restaurant inside the Warwick Arts Center. Dinner was steak and fries–yum!
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.
Waiting for the concert….
Not talking about being a “tiger mom”
While the students had rehearsal Sunday, the chaperones snuck off to Warwick Castle.
Just read about brexit on his iPhone.
In the afternoon the kids had a wonderful rehearsal with Paul McGrath:
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.
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…
And a few lesser-known sports….
Ye Olde Cards Against Humanitie:
Competitive Fence Climbing: