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  • Day29

    Kromeriz 1

    July 21, 2018 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Arrived safely and equipment unloaded at the venue. It is very hot, so fruit cocktails and cake/ice cream are in order, although the range of teas and coffees on display in the cafe that the staff have visited is pretty impressive!Read more

  • Day29

    Elusive Students

    July 21, 2018 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    So whilst not guaranteeing that we can include photos of every student on tour we are trying our best, although some students are trying very hard to evade being captured on film! As can be seen by the six attachments attempting (and failing in five of them) to get Kymberley included in the group photos this afternoon; at one stage she even hid behind a pillar!! Got there in the end...Read more

  • Day29

    Arnold Quintet Chamber Performance

    July 21, 2018 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    We had asked the tour organisers before the tour whether there were suitable venues for some of our chamber ensembles to perform prior to our concerts, both as a nice performing opportunity but also to plug our concerts.

    This afternoon the Arnold Quintet and the Segler String Quartet both played in the gardens of the Chateau in Kromeriz. It was a really lovely space to play in and there were plenty of people out and about in the gardens who stopped to listen and show an interest.

    Photos and a little snippet of the Arnold Quintet playing a polka by Denes Agay are attached...
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  • Day29

    Dinner Blog 1

    July 21, 2018 in Czech Republic ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    Ok apologies in advance for these next two blogs but we had dinner in a restaurant which is often the best chance to take photos of everyone (as they are essentially a captive audience!) so it is just people at dining tables, hardly likely to win any photography awards!

    The photos are of all the tables (I don't think I missed any but 119 students, 13 staff, 2 couriers and 4 drivers need a lot!) and I also hope that I waited for anyone who had popped to the loo to get back...?!
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  • Day29

    Dinner Blog Addition

    July 21, 2018 in Czech Republic ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    Ok it turned out that I had missed Rachel and Amy, as they had managed to secure themselves one of the nice tables just for two! Last dinner table photo I promise; but also thought you'd love to see the food we were served which was delicious!Read more

  • Day29

    Archbishop's Palace Concert, Kromeriz

    July 21, 2018 in Czech Republic ⋅ 🌧 21 °C

    Our first concert of the tour was nothing short of fabulous!

    The students played and sang beautifully, and it was a real pleasure to be in the audience and experience music performed with such quality and commitment.

    We have used ACFEA as our tour company for many years now, and one of the reasons is that they use local couriers who know the area, know the concert venues and have good contacts with the local community and who can help to generate audiences that make the concerts feel extra special. We estimate that there were around 180 people in the audience this evening, they warmly welcomed the choir and the orchestra and were incredibly enthusiastic throughout. It makes such a difference to a tour if, after travelling around 1000 miles, you perform to good audiences in lovely venues, makes it all seem worthwhile!

    The venue itself, as you will have seen from the rehearsal photos, is nothing short of spectacular. The acoustic in the hall is sympathetic and magnifies the sound superbly so the fabulous solos from Jade Segler on violin and Abi Taylor, Libby Marsland and Michael Needle came across beautifully. The overall sound of both the orchestra and choir came across as extremely polished and mature beyond their years. It's unfair to pick out highlights from tonight (as I had goosebumps pretty much throughout) so I won't do that, but in the interests of accuracy and so you know what was performed here is the running order:

    CYO: Romeo and Juliet overture
    CYCh: Laudate Dominum (Abi Taylor solo)
    CYCh: Shenandoah (Libby Marsland solo)
    CYCh: Abide With Me
    CYCh: Sure On This Shining Night
    CYO: Two Pieces from Schindler's List (Jade Segler solo violin)
    CYO: Vltava
    CYCh: Sleep

    Then encores of
    CYCh: Underneath The Stars (Michael Needle solo)
    CYO: Nimrod
    CYO: Slavonic Dance

    We know that you are rightly already proud of your kids, and so tonight all you need to know is that they represented themselves, Northamptonshire and NMPAT perfectly, and if that is the benchmark for the rest of the trip then we're going to be in for a superb next three concerts!

    Photos and clips attached with more to follow, I'm going to need to download a thesaurus I think as having proof read this blog I believe I may have already exhausted my superlative collection?!

    It really was a brilliant concert!!!
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  • Day29

    Kromeriz 2

    July 21, 2018 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Beautiful afternoon in Kromeriz; perfect for a wander round! Nice also to see our concert being promoted throughout the town. Afternoon chamber concert to follow before a rehearsal for both groups in the venue.Read more

  • Day29

    Segler Strings Performance

    July 21, 2018 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    The brilliant Segler Strings also performed in the gardens of the Chateau in Kromeriz this afternoon.

    Below are a few photos and a snippet from Serenata by Turina...

  • Day29

    Kromeriz Rehearsals

    July 21, 2018 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    What a venue to kick off the tour with! CYO and CYCh have just finished their sound check for tonight's concert, and they sound AMAZING! We can't wait for tonight, it's gonna be brilliant!

  • Day255

    Day 256: Kroměříž Castle

    October 28, 2017 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    Up and out early again for another World Heritage site. Overcast skies but thankfully only intermittent rain as we drove about an hour to the south-east, to the town of Kroměříž (Krom-ye-chich).

    The castle here was once quite important to the local nobility. Unfortunately, guided tours of the actual building had finished for the season (many places here close down over winter) but the tower was open so we had a look around there. Unfortunately I've completely forgotten why it's world heritage listed, I guess I'll find out when I edit together the video in a few weeks!

    Attached to the castle was an enormous "informal" garden designed in English style which essentially means it's supposed to look as un-landscaped as possible. Wandering paths, artificial lakes, small groups of trees and so on. Quite nice, though better weather would've improved the situation!

    Across town there was also a formal garden that's considered part of the castle complex, though it's not directly attached. This is more like the gardens at Versailles: carefully manicured lawns and shrubs, lots of straight lines and angles, baroque fountains and sculptures of Roman & Greek figures. They're nice, though I think I prefer the informal style - more like a garden than a set from Pride & Prejudice.

    Grabbed some lunch at a small restaurant in town, then drove back to Olomouc for the afternoon. Went out to another local brewery/restaurant in the evening that our host had recommended. More great food, tasty beer and very cheap prices!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Kroměříž, Kromeriz, Kremsier, كروميشريش, کرمیه‌رژیژ, 크로메르지시, Кромержиж, Kromeržīža, Kromieryż, Кромјержиж, 克罗梅日什

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