25.04.17 - Musicians and Artists Return from Unforgettable School Trip to Paris

A talented group of our music and art students have returned from an unforgettable trip to Paris.

A highlight for many of the students was the chance to perform an exquisite vocal music programme, including works of Fauré and Vivaldi, in front of an audience of several hundred people at the Eglise De La Madeleine. Chopin’s funeral took place here in 1849 with Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ played at the composer’s request.

Parisians as well as tourists from all over the world filled the Eglise De La Madeleine, many of whom came to speak to our students after the performance to express their enjoyment of the concert. The group of 21 music students, all of whom are members of the Ockbrook Senior School Choir, ranging from Year 7 to Year 13, also performed at the Eglise Protestante Allemande, possessing incredible acoustics.

Meanwhile, our group of 12 art students, from Years 11, 12 and 13, paid a visit to the Pompidou Centre, which houses the largest collection of modern art in Europe, and currently has an exhibition of Cubism and Modern day artwork on show. A visit to the Musee D’Orsay was also chosen as it currently has an exhibition of Impressionist and Post Impressionist artwork from the turn of the century, which combined with the exhibition at the Pompidou Centre covered the whole timeline from the 20th to 21st century.

Director of Music, Mr Swindell said: “It was a delight to take students away from the classroom and into the beautiful city of Paris, which is renowned for its art and architecture. While the art students gained invaluable knowledge from their visit to the galleries, the group of musicians will no doubt never forget their performance at the Eglise De La Madeleine!”

There was also time for some sight seeing and both groups enjoyed a visit to Disneyland Paris, cityscape views from 210-metres high at the Montparnasse Tower as well as a trip on a boat down the River Seine.

The educational visit was organised by our Art and Music department to support the development of the students’ musical and art historical knowledge.