Tuscany October 2001

We arrived in the beautiful spa town of Montecatini Terme on a perfect day, settling quickly into the Grand Hotel Nizza et Suisse. Situated opposite a park, it was an ideal base from which we could visit Pisa, Firenze, Lucca, Cortona and Siena, returning most evenings to relax with cocktails on the terrace and excellent food in the restaurant.

It wasn't just a holiday, however, we were there to sing! Our concerts took place at Pisa Cathedral, Chiesa di Santa Domenica, Cortona (a wonderful hilltop village) and in the Chiesa Santa Maria Dei Ricci, Firenze. Our repertoire included works by Mozart, Franck, and John Rutter: Faure's "Cantique de Jean Racine", and solos by Viv Nicholson, who sang " Oh, had I Jubal's Lyre" (Handel), "Bist du Bei Mir" (Bach) and "Christ in His Garden" (Tchaikovsky). The Newhurst Singers performed works by Mendelssohn, Edward Bairstow and Smetana.

Our audiences were most appreciative, especially a party of Americans, who, having heard us sing in Pisa, attended our concert in Firenze, where they were based. We were overwhelmed in Pisa Cathedral where hundreds of tourists stopped to hear us sing, and Japanese visitors asked us to pose for photographs!.

Under the direction of our, musical Director, Margaret Crompton and accompanied by Catherine Newman, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience of singing in such wonderful places. We had lots of laughs, too, especially when we posed for photographs on the merry- go- round in Montecatini.

The merry- go- round in Montecatini