Taking any group of young people abroad can be daunting.
Incorporating musical performances can make it even more complicated, but with help you can arrange an unforgettable experience for your music students. This is how one group enjoyed their trip to Venice.
Planning and Problems
When the idea of a musical field trip to Italy was first suggested, it seemed like an unachievable dream. Mr. Martin knew that the opportunity to perform to people in another country would be a fitting reward for all their hard work and would motivate his choir to put even more into their rehearsals and performances. It was decided that Venice would be an excellent destination and planning started in earnest.
Enlisting the assistance of a modern language teacher to help with the arrangements seemed like an excellent idea, but language was not the only difficulty when it came to arranging an itinerary and booking suitable venues. It became apparent that professional help was needed, so Mr. Martin contacted a specialist travel firm who were able to smooth the way and help with all the practicalities.
The company arranged for the choir to perform in a various venues during their week in Venice. The choir stayed in the popular resort of Lido di Jesolo where there is a purpose built stage on the Piazza Aurora.
This was where their first performance took place. Although they were nervous, the choir enjoyed singing to the holidaymakers of many different nationalities and the experience helped to prepare them for the highlight of their trip, singing in the Basilica San Marco in St Mark’s Square. Here they were able to join in at Mass, an experience they will never forget.
They were also able to take part in an afternoon concert at the Church of San Giovanni in nearby Bragora. Antonio Vivladi was baptised here in 1641.
Although the trip was primarily about music, the members of the choir were able to enjoy many different activities in and around Venice. As well as arranging performance venues and times, the travel company had suggested visits and experiences for their free time as well.
One of the highlights was the boat trip around the islands of the Venetian lagoon. They visited the colorful island of Burano, famous for lacemaking and Murano where they were able to see the famous glassmakers at work.
One day was spent exploring the city of Venice itself. They were able to walk around the narrow streets and visit some of the most famous buildings in the city such as the Bridge of Sighs and the Campanile di San Marco. They also took the vaporetto, or water bus, the length of the Grand Canal. This is a cheaper option than hiring a gondola and enables visitors to soak up the atmosphere of the city.
This was the first music trip the choir had been on, but it was so successful that they intend to repeat the experience next year and are considering either the Black Forest or the Rhine Valley in Germany.
Peter Smith writes regularly on travel with a special emphasis on educational and activity holidays. He has written for various educational blogs and websites and has worked as an adviser to specialist travel companies such as http://www.travelbound.co.uk.
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