May 2015 saw the Amici Singers make a much anticipated return to Quedlinburg, Germany.
In a whirlwind tour we did what comes naturally, singing our hearts out, meeting friends old and new, laughing and smiling all the way. Not forgetting of course to take in the sights, sounds and sample the local gastronomy.
Please take a few minutes to browse through the gallery below to share some of our memories with us. Please click on the images to see a bigger copy.
Day 1: The arrival! After an incredibly early start and a smooth crossing to Dunkerque we arrived safe and sound at our lovely hotel, nestled in the Harz mountains.
Day 2: After a good night’s sleep we presented a musical workshop at a local school in Friedrichsbrunn and then moved on to Werningerode for a spot of sight-seeing.
Day 3: We visited Halle today, the birthplace of George Friedrich Handel and the iconic Handel Haus, followed by a visit to the Moritzkirche for an organ recital by our very own Trevor Hughes. Then it was our turn as we indulged in an informal sing. After a leisurely group lunch we visited the Marktskirche for a tour of the features and then another informal sing.
Day 4: It was time for some quiet reflection today as we visited the WW1 memorial dedicated to the Prisoners of War. We sang three beautiful pieces from our repertoire and then laid a floral tribute in their memory. The words of the poem “Anthem for Doomed Youth” by Wilfred Owen, one of the pieces of music we sang, was translated into German, to accompany the tribute before we observed the other memorials.
Afterward, we enoyed a walking tour of Quedlinburg before heading onto prepare for our concert in the magnificent St. Cyriakas church in nearby Gernrode. The acoustics were lovely and the audience most appreciative.
Day 5: Today we headed for Halberstadt where some of us chose to spend some time at the John Cage project, whilst the other members took the opportunity to enjoy some free time. After lunch we all met up and visited the Martinikirche to learn more about their organ restoration project followed by a formal concert in the nearby Halberstadt Cathedral.
All too soon, our tour of Germany was drawing to a close as we wound our weary way back home the following day. With grateful thanks to everyone who made our unforgettable trip a possibility.