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31 March 2011 / HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR'S HONG KONG TOUR

The forty girls, aged between 10 and 18 years old, face a packed performance schedule at numerous exciting venues. They include two concerts at the Avenue of the Stars, Hong Kong's version of the Hollywood original; two concerts at St John's Cathedral; one at the Intercontinental Hotel and one at St Paul's College boys' school, the oldest secondary school in Hong Kong, where the girls will also take part in a workshop with the college pupils.

Alongside rehearsals for the Truro Music Festival, when they took the title of best overall choir, the girls have worked hard preparing for their tour. They will perform two pieces with the St Paul's College pupils, Handel's Zadok the Priest and a Chinese folk song, The Daffodil. The St Paul's boys will sing tenor and base, whilst the Truro High pupils will sing soprano and alto. To add to the authenticity of the performance, one of the choir members, boarder Ida au Yueng, has taught the group to sing the folk song in the original Mandarin.

"The girls have worked incredibly hard," said Head of Music Frances Eagar. "They are singing really beautifully and I'm very proud of them. We're all excited about the trip - not just the girls but also the staff and parents who will accompany them."

It won't be all work for the group as a range of planned excursions includes shopping at Stanley Market; visiting the city's top tourist attraction, The Peak; sailing on a traditional Chinese junk and visiting the nearby island of Macau to see a production of the House of Dancing Water, a multi-million dollar show performed on a huge expanse of water with outrageous special effects.

Headmistress Caroline Pascoe will be joining the choir on their tour.

"Their performances are stunning," she said. "They are a real credit not just to the school but to Cornwall as well."

Photo: The Truro High School Choir with Head of Music Frances Eagar

 


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