Singing in Switzerland
On May 27, 2015, members of the Upper School Choir headed to the airport for an overnight flight to Amsterdam and then on to Zurich, Switzerland. In Zurich, we connected with our tour guide, Angelique Vincent. Like 40 ducklings trailing through the Zurich airport, we found our way outside to our private motor coach and on to our hotel for a nice dinner and much-needed rest.
The next morning, we gathered our performance attire and equipment, loaded the bus, and began a sightseeing tour with a local guide. Our walking tour took us through the old city, with a stop at the Zurich Opera House. Our first formal concert was held in Saint Peter's Church.
From Zurich, it was on to Lausanne to visit the inspiring Olympic Museum and then on to Montreux, home of the famous Jazz Music Festival. In Montreux, we stayed at the famous Tralala Hotel and enjoyed venturing out and exploring the Lake Geneva waterfront and the breathtaking backdrop of snow-covered Alps. Our choir performed an outdoor concert in Montreux at the Chateau de Chillon. A visit to the famous cheese factory in Gruyere provided our fondue dinner. (Not everyone was a fan).
The choir reached new heights with our visit to Aiguille du Midi peak in Chamonix, France, where we traveled to the 12,600-foot summit. The singers enjoyed throwing snowballs in the month of June. It was breathtaking, at very high altitude and very cold.
Our next adventure was a nice contrast—the warmth of the Lake Annecy region, where the singers enjoyed paddle-boating and swimming in the cleanest lake in all of Europe. Our final concert was in Lyon, France, at the gorgeous Gothic cathedral called Fourviere Basilica.
The choir returned to Atlanta on June 4. Our suitcases were heavy with souvenirs, our iPhones and cameras were loaded with pictures, and our minds were filled with the memories of being together, performing great choral music in exquisite settings.