Concert Tour in England

Members of Exeter's Concert Choir and Chamber Orchestra hop the pond for a series of memorable performances during spring break.

March 26, 2019
Exeter Concert Choir and Chamber Orchestra students in London

Dubbed the “Teatime and Triptych Tour,” the 2019 Concert Tour, led by program director Kristofer Johnson, took Exeter Concert Choir and Chamber Orchestra students on a weeklong adventure, exploring England’s rich musical history and culture by collaborating with musicians from local schools, performing formal concerts and a workshop with internationally acclaimed conductor, Simon Carrington. 

The trip got off on the right note as upon landing the group wasted no time taking in downtown London. Activities included tours of the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral and a ride on the world’s largest observation wheel, The London Eye. Students spent time collaborating with singers and musicians from Westminster School, which is affiliated with Westminster Abbey. 

Days later the students returned to the renowned church to perform two movements from Tarik O’Regan’s “Triptych” during the school’s morning assembly. Following their time in London students set out for the English countryside, performing at Oxford University’s Church of St. Mary the Virgin and collaborating with choir and orchestra students at the prestigious Stowe School. A particularly memorable moment of the trip came when Exeter choral students thanked a local eatery's wait staff with an impromptu post-dinner performance.

See more photos from this trip on the group's Instagram.