The Mowden Hall Senior Choir joined four choirs from other schools in the Cothill Trust for a memorable concert in the stunning setting of Winchester Cathedral. The first stop on the way south, was in the Peak District in Derbyshire, where we spent an extended lunch break at “The Heights of Abraham,” where we were able to explore the hillside park, reaching it via cable-car and take a tour through a disused lead mine as well as play in the playgrounds. We stayed for both nights at Cothill , who kindly fed us and provided comfortable sleeping arrangements during our time in the south. On Thursday, we went for a walk to an old quarry near the school and had a chance to explore the woods. Many of the Year 8s met up with old friends from Sauveterre. The rest of the day was spent at Winchester, in or near the Cathedral, to rehearse our own pieces and the ones shared by all five schools performing in the concert. Between practices, we saw Winchester College and went into town for a look at the shops.
The concert was a huge success, with a special mention made at the end for Arthur’s solo, which was the only solo of the evening. A number of Mowden parents made the long journey to watch the concert and we are all grateful for their support.
Schools taking part with us were: Cothill House, Ashdown House, Chandlings Manor and Kitebrook House. It was a great privilege to be taking part in a full choir of 140 singers and a terrific experience for all the children attending.
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