From the 4th-8th July, 35 music students embarked on a tour to The Netherlands. The group stayed in the seaside resort of Noordwijk, which is about an hour outside of Amsterdam.
During the trip, the Jazz band, Soul band and choir performed in three concerts, to a really appreciative audience. The first concert was at De Efterling Theme park, where the bands performed in the center of the park on a band stand. It was a lovely sunny day and they attracted a big audience. The second concert was in Noordwijk itself, in a square in front of the dunes. It was a very windy day and the music and stands kept flying away and falling over, but the students managed to carry on and perform to their usual high standard. The concert highlight for the bands was their final concert at an ‘English Festival’ being held in Zandvoort, where the groups performed outside of the town hall surrounded by British cars, food and drink. They attracted a large crowd who all danced and clapped along, and the band have even been invited back to perform in the headline slot at the festival next year.
As well as the concerts, the students enjoyed a visit to Amsterdam where they visited Ann Frank’s House and learnt about the city on a tour on a canal boat. The students found Ann Frank’s house to be very moving and eye-opening. They also spend the day at De Efterling Theme Park where they enjoyed going on the park rides. We visited Zaanse Shans Windmill Village where we got to explore traditional windmills which still made cheese, oil, paint and wood. The hotel was only a 2 minute walk from the beach so most evenings were spend on the beech playing games and paddling in the sea.
The students were so polite and well behaved and a real credit to the academy. Miss Wass was especially impressed with the year 7 and 8 students who had not been on a music tour before, but got stuck in and helped out in setting up and moving equipment for the concerts.
The Music Department go on a tour every year, so if you have an interest in music, look out for our tour next year!