NEW YORK TOUR

Wednesday 13 April 2016

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At the start of the Easter break, the Music Department ran a highly successful Performing Arts Tour to New York. The main focus for the tour was a chance to perform in some incredible concerts whilst experiencing some of the many cultural venues and performing arts for which the ‘big apple’ is so famous for.

The girls had the amazing opportunity to perform in The Cathedral of St John The Devine, The Empire State Building and The United Nations Headquarters. All three concerts were wonderful. The quality of the girls singing and playing was truly outstanding and had great feedback from enthusiastic audiences. The concert in St John The Devine was particularly memorable but all three concerts were incredible and the girls were an enormous credit to both themselves and Moira House. We also gained permission for an impromptu open air a-capella performance at the Statue of Liberty where we sang among other items ‘September Hymn’, specially composed for us by Martin Neill in memory of the victims of 9/11.

Beyond the concerts we had the opportunity to go for a backstage tour of the worlds largest indoor theatre (Radio City Music Hall), visited the top of the Rockerfeller Centre, The Empire State Building, Ellis Island, Central Park. We saw an incredible performance on Broadway of the new smash hit musical ‘Aladdin’ (due to come to London later this year). We had a late night open top bus tour around Manhattan and into Brooklyn (in the snow!) We visited the American Museum of Natural History and had some time at the 9/11 memorial which was very moving. We stayed in a lovely hotel and ate at a local diner each morning for breakfast where the pancakes, bacon and maple syrup proved a hit! We also visited some iconic New York restaurants including Planet Hollywood and Ellens Stardust Diner where all the waiters are Broadway actors and jump up on to the tables to burst into song at the clink of a glass! We even managed to pop into Grand Central Station, visit Macys and walk up 5th Avenue to squeeze in some shopping!

All in all it was a week packed full of singing, performing, concerts, theatre,sightseeing, museums, subway travel, walking, eating and a little bit of sleep! I felt immensely proud of the girls – not only in their fantastic concerts but in the way everyone pulled together to make this a most memorable trip in an incredible city. Thanks to all the girls and to the great team of Mr and Mrs Ashby, Miss Sheridan and Mrs Deane who helped make the trip such a resounding success.

Robert Cousins – Director of Music and Performing Arts
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