Jean, Sam & Barnaby Martin recount a busy week
After a relaxing family holiday in France and with one day to unpack, do laundry, and re-pack, we set off for our first Choir Holiday. We weren’t sure what to expect, but we needed have been concerned; we arrived ahead of schedule, and felt relaxed and at home from the start. Everyone was friendly and welcoming. The Cathedral Choir School was an ideal base, with cosy accommodation and extensive grounds for letting off steam, and replaying the Ashes.
Each morning the bleary eyed boys were asked, ‘Have you showered? Gotten any Sleep? Had a midnight feast? Put on clean underwear?’ Most responses were a grunt or a shrug, followed by, ‘What’s for breakfast?’
Following breakfast each day was the briefing from Dick on the location of the days outing. These trips catered for varied interests, from a Police Museum and Workhouse in Ripon, Heritage sites at Middleham and Fountains Abbey, a Brewery at Masham, to the boys favourite of roller coasters and Vicar-crunching dodgems at Lightwater Valley.
The singing was superb; it was a privilege to be on the ‘inside’ watching it all happen, both at rehearsals and at the services in the Cathedral.
For us the five days were very relaxed and we made many new friends around the jigsaws, the scrabble board, and in the local pub.
Our thanks must go to Jane and Joe for their pastoral care of the boys, to Dick for his thorough planning and organisation, to Robert for his musical leadership and to all the choir families for making us so welcome. We’re already signing up for next year – Norwich, watch out!
See also their son’s story.