Music Tour to Tuscany
During half term, the More House tour choir of forty pupils and four members of staff set off for the rolling hills of Tuscany. The girls were eager and excited by the prospect of staying in a luxury agroturismo resort, complete with horses, spa, and some of the best home-cooked food you can imagine. As soon as we arrived, we were treated to an incredible barbeque: king prawns, free-range meats, copious amounts of fresh fruits and salads. What a welcome!
The following morning, we gathered for some group activities. First, we were taken on a country walk to a very old oak tree. Mr Brunini, our host, said this was a special place for him and his family – it had once been witness to a terrifying bush fire, which engulfed much of the surrounding countryside. By some miracle, the fire did not destroy any of their land, though! To this day, the same old oak tree still stands. The girls sang Ave Verum by Elgar around the tree and were then treated to the family’s homemade olive oil and fresh breads. The views from the oak tree were outstanding – rolling hills as far as the eye could see. Back at Montebelli in the afternoon, we swam and relaxed. Some of the girls played badminton and tennis, while others sat and read in the sunshine.
On Sunday, we headed to San Gimignano to sing for a mass and short concert in the Duomo di San Gimignano. Afterwards, the girls enjoyed a little free time in the town before heading off to Florence to sign in the famous Basilica of Santa Croce. Words cannot describe the magnificence of Santa Croce! Inside was no disappointment either, and the girls did us proud singing and leading the full mass.
From Monday to Thursday, we continued to be spoilt with amazing food, company, and weather. The girls worked with the horses, cooked Italian cuisine, painted outside, and sang around the very special ‘boma’ (campfire) on their last night. A wonderful music tour – and we’re already eager for next year’s!
A full gallery of images from the tour can be found here.