This year the Durham University Palatinate Orchestra embarked on an adventure to Paris, France, where they enjoyed performing two well-attended concerts, being typical Paris tourists and spending a magical day at Disneyland! The concerts, performed at the two beautiful and different locations of L’énglish Notre Dame du Raincy and L’église Saint-Roch were well received and featured the amazing Rebecca Howell performing Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor. We all had tremendous fun, even when all trying to watch the football in the small bars of Paris!
DUPO performed two concerts whilst on tour, to Paris: 9th – 13th June. The first was held in L’Église du Saint Roch, located near to the Louvre and the second concert in L’Église Notre-Dame du Raincy on the outskirts of Paris. The music DUPO took on tour was Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Saint Saëns’ Third Violin Concerto with the talented soloist Rebecca Howell. We were also given the opportunity to perform an arrangement by our leader Rachael Steel of Debussy’s ‘Des pars sur le neige’.

Tour was a great opportunity for the orchestra to get to know each other better and it included a day trip to Disneyland Paris. There was also an opportunity for people to take the metro out of Paris and visit the Palace of Versailles and to see the sights in the centre of the city, such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Arc de Triumphe. Each evening, all tour members ate out together in Paris and enjoyed chilling in cafés and bars.