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OB Choir Trip to Athens, December 2018

Athens, 2018

The fourth OB Choir trip took place in December 2018 and flights from Bristol, Luton and Edinburgh brought a group of 23 together in Athens at the Hermes Hotel where we were looked after very well in well appointed rooms, and a hotel with a roof top terrace which proved very popular late in the evening where sociable bottles of wine were enjoyed, and on one night where a dramatic thunderstorm was watched.

Athens, 2018   Athens, 2018

It was very pleasant during the day to enjoy warm temperatures and sunny days. The first evening saw groups visit different restaurants and one proved popular for the live music and Greek dancing, with considerable participation into the early hours.

On Saturday several visited the Acropolis, and late afternoon we were able to practise in St Paul's Church, the Anglican Chaplaincy ready for the evening concert, and service the next day. It was an excellent acoustic where later some good recordings were achieved. The service on Sunday morning had a welcoming congregation and Curate who had heard of us from the Chaplain in Prague. We sang several pieces during the service (Wood, Stainer, Saint Saens) and ended with a carol. Coffee was served outside in the very pleasant garden before we went to the Parliament building in Syntagma Square where we sang several carols on the steps to a large and appreciative audience.

Athens, 2018   Athens, 2018

Lunch was found in different places before the afternoon activities included shopping for some, the Acropolis for those who hadn't visited before, anda walk up theLykavittoshill which had a small church dedicated to St George, and funicular for the journey back down, and a very pleasant restaurant where we imbibed and watched the sunset over the Acropolis. Here too we observed members of the militarylower the Greek flag as the sun went down. The evening saw the whole party in a wonderfully welcoming restaurant (some had visited at lunchtime) –with an open fire –in the area under the Acropolis. A reallyexcellent evening. Afterwards some went to find the Greek dancing again, others to the roof top terrace.

Athens, 2018   Athens, 2018

Monday was a relaxed start before going to an extraordinary hospital built by Jackie Onassis where they had the remarkable idea of using music regularly in the hospital –for those who were there for appointments, and for those who were recovering and wanted to go and hear the music. There was a large atrium, grand piano, and seven floors had access to the music and view of performers as well as the seating on the ground floor. We were entertained afterwards to excellent food –some of which has been replicated since we returned to the UK. It was an illuminating and moving experience.

Our flights in both directions were straightforward –indeed early arrival in both directions, and School minibuses were there to meet us.

Athens, 2018

The Party

Jessica Atkins, Andrew Barlow, Heather Barlow, Tim Barlow, Rebekah Brinkley, Rosemary Bruce, Ian Bruce, Alice Cadenhead, Linda Marshall Cole, William Coon, Alex Everett, Louisa Everett, Callum Graham, Jessica Harvie, Annabel Ronchetti (Barlow), Matthew Ronchetti, Redmond Sanders, Rosalie Sanders, Imogen Sanders Dutton, Katharine Sendell, Alexandra Steel, Caroline Steel, Toby Whitehead.

 

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