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  • Day34

    Why would sane, intelligent instrumental music teachers agree to staff a cyo/cych concert tour? There is much to lose in giving up more than a week of your life to this cause, such as sleep, holiday time, good food, early nights, single rooms, free time, lie-ins, oh, and did I mention sleep? The gains? We get to spend over a week with 119 incredibly talented young musicians, some singers, some players and some that are both. They cope admirably with the gruelling journey that can only be likened to the never ending story and put up with ridiculous wc queueing experiences at 2 or 3 am. They appear for breakfast at the agreed time, assemble at the appointed hour fully equipped for departure to some far-off concert venue , all with smiles on their faces and manners that would make their parents proud! Did they ever moan, complain, object or protest? Certainly not. ( I won't mention here the request to have a few independent hours in town on the last night ) . The concerts were without exception successful. Glorious music played and sung in beautiful venues. Whilst the conductors basked in the glory, weighed down by bouquets and compliments, the rest of the staff took the opportunity to improve their stand-folding and weight- lifting skills. Musical skills? Not exactly, but necessary. Except of course, for the supremely talented, willing and very very able Mr Johnson who was able to rehearse and perform both a virtuosic Tuba concerto and a fiendish jazz keyboard part in Mass in Blue IN THE SAME CONCERT. The van crew need special thanks as they were vital to the tour success and never lost their sense of humour. I could continue this for hours but my phone battery is not going to play ball ( luckily for you). So, in conclusion I feel very fortunate to have been allowed to share the joys and hardships with our 119 amazing young people and my very special NMPAT colleagues. There were many tears shed on the final night. We will return n September to a fresh orchestra and choir but Tour 2018 will remain in our hearts forever. May all our leavers have a happy and successful future. Remember to come back and visit your old friends from time to time .
    All the best wishes from Mrs Malitskie!
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  • Day34

    Coach 1

    July 26 in Austria

    Venue - somewhere in Austria we think?
    DVD - currently "Coco"
    Stops - 1, Burger King for lots of students...
    Scrabble Result - Mr Spinner won, Ms Kelly did not (she hid her disappointment well?!)
    Volume levels currently ok, the karaoke appears to have stopped!

    Forgot to post these photos the other day, this is the Coach 1 Gallery...

  • Day34

    Staff Blog - Mr Green

    July 26 in Austria

    CYO has proved throughout this very busy year why they are held in such high regards by other music hubs around the UK.
    It has been a real honour and a privilege to share the musical direction role each Saturday morning. The young people always give so much in every performance and the final concert of the 2018 tour was no different with both CYO and CYCh performing with such class. Shostakovich's 9th symphony was a fitting end to a great year of concerts which had some amazing highlights.
    It was lovely to get to spend one day of the tour with the students and my colleagues in the beautiful city of Bratislava. The atmosphere and spirit of everyone was contagious and quickly helped me get into the groove for the performance. I couldn't have asked for a more dedicated and emotionally charged concert to sign off my current time with CYO and I hope you all feel the same!!
    A big thank you must go to my colleagues who in the 24 hours I was with the party showed why the tour was such a big success. They give up so much whilst at the same time give a great deal.
    Good luck to everyone who is leaving us for university, college or placements and I'll see everyone else around the building in September.
    Mr G
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  • Day34

    Staff Blog - Mr Draper

    July 26 in Austria

    I don’t know many of the students that well but have loved helping them prepare for 4 fantastic concerts. The students I remember from earlier times at local centres now playing at such a high level shows why our aim to nurture is so important. So many different personalities all working to a common goal. I think the tears on the last night show how close the groups get. The youth of today are something to be proud of.
    The 3 ‘vannies’ had a blast and having such a fun support crew (NMPAT staff)really helped.
    Are we home yet.....
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  • Day25

    Hallstatt, Austria

    September 27, 2016 in Austria

    It took us 3 hours on the public bus to get to Hallstatt but it was totally worth it! The trip went by quickly even though we had to change buses 3 times since most of it was spent admiring the scenic drive through the mountains and small villages of the Austrian Alps. We also got to watch all the local kids get on and off the bus since we quickly realized they don't have traditional school buses.

    Once we made it to Hallstatt we came upon such a tranquil and pristine view of the lake that surrounds the tiny town in the heart of the Alps. We rented a little cottage apartment right by the park where we got to sit out and enjoy the swans in the lake. The following day we had a little adventure where we went to the ice caves formed over 10 million years ago and hiked the Alps to get some amazing views and fresh air! We also discovered a new hobby we hope to take up one day.... paragliding! How cool would it be to soar about the mountains and experience things from another perspective!?
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  • Day63

    Mondsee - Austria

    August 8, 2017 in Austria

    Drove to Český Krumlov via Mondsee. Mondsee is a beautiful lake-side town which, apart from being a very charming town and great Summer holiday spot, is where the church, St. Michael's, is situated. This is the church used for the wedding scene in the Sound of Music film. The town was vibrant and busy with markets leading to the church, while those not shopping atvthe markets were heading to the lake for a swim or sail. On to Český Krumlov...Read more

  • Day1

    Los geht's - God tur!

    July 16 in Austria

    Nach dreistündigem Packen haben wir gefühlt unseren gesamten Haushalt im Wohnmobil - wir könnten problemlos auswandern! Nach kurzen Stops für Navi und Eier kann es endlich losgehen!
    Beim Versuch meinen Sitz niedriger zu machen (ich komme mit den Füßen nicht zum Boden! 🤣), müssen wir sehr lachen weil sich dieser "Schleudersitz" plötzlich ganz unerwartet zurück und nach vor kippt!

  • Day25

    You're at home baby

    August 9 in Austria

    Nach einer lauten und kurzen Nacht neben der Autobahn traten wir heute bereits um 7 Uhr die letzte Etappe unseres Heimweges an! 666 km!!! 😅

    In der größten Hitze rollten wir bei starkem Verkehr über die nicht enden wollende Autobahn, zwar mit Klimaanlage, aber die Sonne brannte trotzdem herein!

    25 Tage, 100:36 Stunden Fahrzeit, 6876 km, 5 Länder und ca. 145 Tunnel später kamen wir heute Nachmittag um 16.00 Uhr wieder zuhause an. Wie schnell ist doch die Zeit vergangen, wir können kaum glauben, dass wir tatsächlich fast 4 Wochen weg waren!

    Das Leben im Womo hat für diese Zeit völlig ausgereicht. Gut, dass wir nicht größer sind, denn schon für uns war z.B. das Duschen eine Herausforderung (und erst das Haarewaschen!), beim Bett standen wir am Fußende an und haben uns unzählige Male den Kopf oder andere Körperteile irgendwo angeschlagen! 😅 Dennoch war es einzigartig, praktisch, gemütlich, kuschelig und erstaunlich, mit wie wenig Platz man auskommen kann! Unserer Beziehung hat das "Aneinanderkleben" übrigens auch nicht geschadet! 😉

    Eine wunderschöne, unvergessliche und bereichernde Reise in unserem braven Womo, das uns verlässlich durch Skandinavien gebracht hat, geht zu Ende! Wir lernten nette Menschen kennen und haben nun wieder ein paar Lieblingsplätze mehr auf unserem schönen Planeten! 😍❤
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  • Day52

    Mondsee

    August 8, 2017 in Austria

    'Sound of Music' wedding church. You'll all be pleased to know that this is the last Sound of Music 🎶 post- however can there ever be too much of it??

You might also know this place by the following names:

Oberösterreich, Oberoesterreich, Upper Austria, Alta Àustria, Alta Austria, Haute-Autriche, Opper-Oostenrijk, Верхняя Австрия

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