The Performing Arts Tour 2015 was a unique opportunity for musicians, dancers and actors from Catmose College to showcase a selection of performances in Paris.
After a term full of rehearsals, our performances were ready and excitement was building. As a final dress rehearsal we performed to friends and family with great success and finally we were ready to go.
Our first day in Paris started with a performance. We performed in the Jardin du Luxembourg and our performance in this park attracted a large audience who were enthusiastic and obviously enjoyed watching our showcase.
The performance included two choir pieces, a selection of pieces performed by the orchestra including the ‘Final Countdown’ and ‘Happy’, as well as a dance, a selection of solos and duets and a Stomp piece as a finale.
After the performance we travelled to the most well-known landmark in Paris, the Eiffel Tower. We climbed 704 steps up to the second floor of the tower, spending time taking in the breath-taking views of Paris from 115m in the air.
Our last visit of the day was to Notre Dame, a stunning cathedral in the heart of Paris. We had time to explore the cathedral and the surrounding area which was full of amazing street performers and thousands of souvenir shops.
To start the second day we visited the Musée du Louvre and managed to catch a glimpse of the famous Mona Lisa and many other stunning paintings and statues, including the work of Constable. After a morning in the museum it was time for our second performance.
We performed with a clear view of the Eiffel Tower framed between two sets of trees. Once again our performance attracted a large audience and we all really enjoyed performing in this iconic venue. To finish the day we took a river cruise along the Seine enjoying all the sights of Paris in a unique way.
Tuesday, Disneyland! Our final most exciting performance was in Disneyland Paris - this was a shortened performance including the two choir pieces and four orchestra pieces.
Performing in Disneyland was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience that was enjoyed by everyone on the trip. The rest of the day was spent in small groups exploring everything the park had to offer. We had a meal in Planet Hollywood, one of Disneyland’s many restaurants, after which we continued to explore Disneyland in the dark! To finish the day we watched the spectacular firework show around the Disney castle.
Everyone who went on the trip really enjoyed the experiences and had a great time in both Paris and Disneyland!
By Holly Jones, 15