Weekend Tour of York

The minster, York

Trip to York by Carmel Clifford

The hottest day of the year saw us wandering the streets (and shops!) of pretty Beverley until we could rehearse and perform in the wondrous setting of the Minster. We raised the roof, especially when accompanied by the Minster organ and earned the lovely chink of cooling ice in our drinks after the concert. Not so welcome was the chink of ice when the hail came thundering down on us on our return to York University, our home for the weekend!

Saturday saw us paddling to our rehearsal, after a hearty breakfast, as parts of the campus had flooded overnight. However, the sun soon came out and we spent the morning exploring the historic streets of York until our concert in the lovely church of St Helens – the perfect location, opposite Betty’s Tea Rooms. We formed a mini flash mob outside the church to draw in the crowds. Shortly accompanied by the siren of a passing police car that we thought was going to carry off our Musical Director.

Like the Pied Piper, we led our audience into the church and performed a very well received concert and then finished the day off with an informal get together in the university bar, where we entertained ourselves with music, songs and ditties courtesy of various choir members.

Even more rain on Sunday curtailed some of the activities at the Yorkshire Air Museum, the final concert venue of our mini tour. However, we made up for the lack of a flypast with a contemplative and soulful concert that reduced at least one audience member to tears (in a good way, she bought a CD!) and finished our tour in style.

Only one thing could round the weekend off properly and that was a gorgeous Sunday lunch in Escrick. They served the biggest Yorkshire puddings we had ever seen. Before heading back in glorious sunshine which made a welcome appearance for the journey home.

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