This summer, the Haileybury Chamber Choir embarked on an incredible tour of Australia and South East Asia, performing at prestigious venues and undertaking exciting work with local schools to promote music-making in education.
The first stop of the tour was Kuala Lumpur, where the Choir led masterclasses with local musicians at the Selangor Institute of Music, culminating in a fun and wonderful joint performance.
The Choir then visited Royal Selangor, the largest pewter manufacturer of its type in the world, where the pupils enjoyed taking part in a creative workshop. It was then back to rehearsals in preparation for the evening concert at the Royal Selangor club, where the Choir sang to a fantastic audience of Old Haileyburians, prospective families and friends.
The next stop was Malacca where the Choir performed an amazing concert to a jam-packed audience at Christ Church. From Malacca, the Choir travelled to Singapore, then onto Darwin, Australia, where the group was welcomed by Haileybury Rendall School and stayed in their new boarding accommodation.
The following day, the Choir made the most of the stunning acoustics of Christ Church Anglican Cathedral in Darwin and gave an outstanding and moving performance in the evening concert.
After four days of performing and traveling, the group enjoyed a much-deserved day off exploring the beautiful Kakadu National Park, one of the largest national parks in Australia, where they were treated to incredible scenery and even some crocodile spotting!
The following morning was spent rehearsing and meeting with the fabulous musicians and staff of Haileybury Rendall, before heading to the Darwin waterfront for an afternoon of fun on the inflatables course.
Onto Melbourne the following day, where the group joined the Cathedral Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral for an unforgettable Evensong concert, before spending a day exploring Melbourne and meeting some of the local wildlife.
Finishing the tour in style, the Choir was excited to spend the twelfth day of the tour with Haileybury Melbourne pupils and staff at the Keysborough Campus and to perform in the packed-out Chapel at lunchtime before giving the last concert of the tour at Wesley United Methodist Church in the evening, singing with the fantastic Haileybury Melbourne Choir.
It truly was an incredible once-in-a-lifetime trip during which the pupils made memories and friendships they will never forget!