Whilst the rest of the school took their seats in the Large for the final assemblies of term, the Mill Hill Foundation Chapel Choir were taking to the motorways for what promised to be an exciting tour of York and its surrounding areas. Having made the trip in record time, thanks to bus driver Jamie, we settled in at the Premier Inn and prepared ourselves for four intense days of choral music.
Over the first two days, we sung two evensong services, at Holy Trinity Church, Micklegate and Beverly Minister (followed, of course, by a fish, chips and gravy supper) and performed a recital in the North Trancept of the magnificent York Minster. The following day saw a visit to the astonishing town of Saltaire, named after Sir Titus Salt, an infamous philanthropist who sent all five of his children to Mill Hill.
We performed a varied programme of our favourite repertoire in the United Reform Church (designed by Sir Titus) and had the privilege of meeting a number of OMs at a reception afterwards. It was a unique experience for us all, and fantastic to be able to instigate a link with somewhere so closely related to school.
As if all that wasn’t enough, we also performed Byrd’s legendary 4-part mass at Eucharist on the Sunday morning (no mean feat, by any standards!), experienced the hilarity and terrors of a York ghost walk and even had coffee in the world-famous Bettys tea rooms. An extraordinary few days for our first tour and thanks must be paid to the vision and hard work of Mr Kyle and Miss Sutherland, but also to the other members of staff on the trip: Mr Kemp, Mr Williams, Mrs Kyle and Jamie, the greatest bus driver in the world.
Ben Glassberg, Upper Sixth