From the 24th to the 31st July 2017, the Durham University Chamber Choir embarked on a Portuguese adventure to Lisbon for their annual summer tour, where they performed three fantastic concerts in churches in and around the city, and enjoyed all the culture the city has to offer – including museums, the beautiful old town, food markets, and even the aquarium.
After a day of travelling and getting settled into the hostel, the choir began their first full day with a successful rehearsal in the University of Lisbon, after which they spent the day exploring the city centre.
Their first concert took place in St George’s Anglican church to a large and receptive crowd, followed by their first experience of Lisbon’s nightlife with a trip to the bars around the famous pink street. The next day involved a trip to the historic town of Mafra, which was also the location of the choir’s second concert. The Basilica in the National Palace of Mafra was arguably the most impressive and certainly the largest venue of the tour but after their tour around the palace, the choir gathered a sizeable crown and put on an unforgettable performance, which included music by Byrd, Tavener and Elgar.
After a relaxing day off at the beach, they finished off the tour with a concert at the Igreja de Sao Domingos, where they put on what was a very emotional performance as it meant saying goodbye to several members of the choir, including their conductor, George Cook, and Manager, Megan Griffiths.
DUCC’s 2017 tour was a resounding success for the choir and was a great opportunity for its members to celebrate the hard work and achievements of the past year and say goodbye to longstanding members, all while performing their repertoire to a wider audience.