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Greece Tour 2018 Athens-Thessaloniki

Providing a great opportunity to perform in exciting new venues and share our music internationally, the tour to Athens and Thessaloniki was one of the highlights of 2018.

The tour began with a high spirited choir travelling out to Athens together...

...where we made the most of our free mornings, exploring the ancient city.

We enjoyed making use of unconventional rehearsal spaces due to unexpectedly locked gates...

...before rehearsing in the impressive acoustics of our concert venues...

...while doing our best to cope with the roasting hot temperatures.

While some people enjoyed the heat more than others...

...everyone was grateful for the intermittent thunderstorms (and feline company) which made our evening concerts a little more comfortable.

They ended up being great experiences, with enthusiastic audiences ushering friends and passers-by in off the street during the concerts as word of the performances got out.

From Athens, we moved on to Thessaloniki, with a days stay in between on the island of Aegina. Navigating the ferry system to get to the island was a bit of an adventure...

...and after a complicated journey, the choir took the opportunity to enjoy a shared meal and sample the local food (pistachio butter being a particular highlight).

(As were the unexpectedly generous servings of Ouzo...)

Then after some time to enjoy the beach...

...and some last minute ferry cancellations, leading to crazy rush to the airport for our next flight...

...we flew to the seaside town of Thessaloniki.

We were honoured to have the opportunity to sing in the Hagia Sophia in Thessaloniki...

...which has a 1600 year old history and is one of the most impressive Byzantine churches, filled with beautiful wall paintings and elaborate mosaics.

After a very well recieved final performance, the choir took the evening off to enjoy some of Thessaloniki's nightlife (and to show the local karaoke club just how terrifying the sound of a group of Cambridge-trained sopranos singing Abba can be)

The choir had a fantastic time, as did the audiences of our concerts. We're very grateful for the ongoing support of our sponsors, without whom none of this would be possible.

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