Our first performance of the tour was singing for Mass at Braga cathedral on Sunday morning, followed by a tour of some of its more secluded chapels. After this we found some lunch before heading off on another tour.
Tenor Matthew Reese writes: On Thursday, the Choir travelled to the city of Oporto, famous for the many wine merchants and warehouses that line the banks of the River Douro. There, we enjoyed a tour and tasting at the famous Cálem winery, and broke for lunch before taking a short tour by boat. Oporto is a striking city, perched alongside steep cliffs, and connected by a half-dozen bridges, ranging from modern suspensions, to an early work by Gustave Eiffel.
After following the river to the city’s edge, we returned to the centre and back up the hill to Livraria Lello & Irmão, a beautiful beaux-arts bookshop with a winding spiral staircase, cantilevered – as if by magic – in the very centre of the store. There we sang a short recital including a piece from the film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, originally recorded for the soundtrack by Queen’s.