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Papplewick Choir visits Rome and sings masses at St Peter's amongst other historic churches

Twenty choirboys from Papplewick had the tour of a lifetime to Rome at half-term.

Under the direction of Chris Goodwin, Director of Chapel Music, they sang Masses at St Peter’s, Santa Maria Maggiore and the Pantheon and hugely enjoyed the experience of singing in these vast, beautiful churches with impressively resonant acoustics. They had worked hard to prepare their varied repertoire ranging from plainsong, through Baroque and nineteenth-century music, to contemporary sacred anthems. Visits to Rome’s top attractions such as the Colosseum and the Trevi fountain were fitted in and they needed no encouragement tucking in to the local pizza, pasta and gelato. As the boys entered St Peter’s for the first time said, it was “awesome!"

Headmaster, Tom Bunbury said "I am so proud of the immensely high standard of our Choirs here at Papplewick, and for the boys to have had this fantastic opportunity to sing in these wonderful churches in Rome will no doubt be etched on their memories for ever."