Sixty-one members of the BCC, ages 12-18, are touring the United Kingdom giving a series of performances at venues in Edinburgh, Gateshead, Birmingham, Oxford, and London and serving local communities through workshops and volunteer outreach projects.
Mon June 27
Depart on British Airways flight BA 212 to London Heathrow
Tue June 28
Wed June 29
12:15pm Lunchtime Concert in St. Giles’ Cathedral. Founded in the 1120s, St. Giles' Cathedral was the church of John Know during the Reformation and is often referred to as "the cradel of Presbyterianism'. With its famed crown spire it stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood House. Click here for a video.
Thu June 30
Visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The museum is Scotland's most visited museum with over 1 million visitors each year. The Great Hall has large acoustics and houses a world-famous organ which was built at the turn of the century. Lunchtime organ recitals are regularly held there.
1:00pm Concert at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
7:00pm Evening Concert at St. Bride’s Episcopal Church in aid of Save the Children. Save the Children is an international children's charity that works tirelessly to provide opportunities for proper healthcare, food, education, and protection for children. Save the Children's mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.
Fri July 1
Depart by coach for Hadrian’s Wall. One of the greatest monuments to the power of the Roman Empire, Hadrian's Wall ran for 73 miles across open country. It was created after Emperor Hadian visited Britian in 122 AD. BCC visited the Arch of Hadrian or the Triumphal Arch in Jerash, Jordan in July 2009. The arch was errected in honor of Emperor Hadrians's visit in AC 129. The extent of the Roman Empire is amazing!
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Hotel Mercure Entrance to Vindolanda Fort and the Roman Army Museum. The fort is Roman and was built as part of Hadrian's defense of the Roman Empire around 122 AD.
Sat July 2
Sun July 3
Visit Fountains Abbey on the way to Birmingham. A World Heritage Site, Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England’s most spectacular Georgian water gardens.
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Mon July 4
Workshop with Forest Arts Centre Youth Choir at the Forest Arts Centre.
Tue July 5
Travel to Oxford.
12:00pm Lunchtime Concert at Merton College Chapel, University of Oxford. Merton College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. Its foundation can be traced back to the 1260s when Walter de Merton, chancellor to Henry III and later to Edward I, first drew up statutes for an independent academic community and established endowments to support it.
Click here to hear Merton College Choir singing at the chapel. On September 13, 1266 the church of St John the Baptist was granted to the scholars of Merton College by the Abbey of Reading. However, by the late 1280s it had fallen into "a ruinous condition",and Merton college accounts show that work on a new church on the same site began in about 1290. A new choral foundation was established in 2007, providing for a choir of sixteen undergraduate and graduate choral scholars singing from October 2008. The choir is directed by Peter Phillips, currently director of the Tallis Scholars, and has given recent performances at Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, and the Temple Church, London.
JR.R. Tolkien was a Merton Professor of English Language and Literature from 1945 to 1959. Click here for other eminent Mertonians.
Wed July 6
Travel to London.
Workshop at Uxbridge High School as a collaboration with Teach First. The charity Teach First is a powerful movement founded to directly address the problem of educational disadvantage. Founded in 2002, Teach First has already changed the lives of thousands of young people. Teach First harnesses the energy, enthusiasm and drive of exceptional graduates to provide leadership, motivation and, above all, inspirational teaching in schools in challenging circumstances across England.
Observe a BBC Singers Rehearsal.
Meet with host families from St Paul’s Girls’ School.
This independent school for girls between 11 and 18 years old grew from both the movement for women’s education of the late 19th century and the ambitions of the 16th century philanthropist John Colet, who was committed to the education of "the children of all nations and countries". The result is a socially inclusive community of 700 girls and more than 75 staff that fosters academic attainment and reflects the richness, diversity and aspirations of London itself.
Thu July 7
7:00pm Joint concert in The Great Hall at St Paul’s Girls’ School
Fri July 8
Excursion to Windsor. Windsor is a borough of London. Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen.
Depart on British Airways flight BA 215 to Boston
Arrive at Boston airport