Talented young musicians from St. Mary’s College entertained appreciative French audiences as part of a five-day visit to Paris this summer.
70 students and staff members were involved in the lower school music tour to the French capital which featured members of three St. Mary’s ensembles - the Junior Orchestra, the Symphonic Wind Band and the Chamber Choir.
They performed three concerts including one in the magnificent surroundings of the Catholic church of Saint-Sulpice, the second largest church in the city.
Away from the concert platform the students enjoyed visiting famous Parisian sights like the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame Cathedral and - a little further afield – the Chateau of Versailles and Disneyland.
Commenting on the trip St. Mary’s Director of Music, Andrew Byers, said: “This was a very successful tour which saw our students rise to the occasion and perform at packed venues to great acclaim.
“At every concert the audience were very impressed by their standard of musicianship, and were extremely interested to know where we came from.
“We were even offered a permanent residency at Saint-Sulpice after our performance there!”
Music is a very important feature of life at St. Mary’s with regular highlights including the school’s Festival of Music at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall in the spring and the Proms in the Park music-and-fireworks extravaganza in the summer.
The school also has a well-established tradition of musical tours with previous destinations having included Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Canada, Hong Kong and Australia.