Two more very full days in Tasmanian’s Capital city have almost rounded off our very successful tour. After leaving Orford the coach traveled the scenic route westward towards Hobart, stopping only once to stretch our legs and take in some fresh air. On arrival in Hobart we headed to Salamanca Place for a picnic lunch on the lawn and the all important “pocket money” distribution so the boys could wander the local shops to purchase some souvenirs. Then it was back in the coach and up to St Mary’s Cathedral for a workshop with the choristers of St Virgil’s College Junior School who were also our hosts for our Hobart stay. At the conclusion of the school day the boys met their host families and travelled home for a rest and a meal. Our Hobart concert was well attended and the boys appreciated the resonant acoustics of the old sandstone building.
Friday morning saw the boys gather once again at St Virgil’s for a short bus ride to the Eastern Shore to look at the City of Hobart under the backdrop of Mt Wellington. Then it was on to Government House for our formal reception with the Governor of Tasmania His Excellency Peter Underwood. Mrs. Underwood, who is also a soprano with the Tasmania Symphony Orchestra Chorus was delighted to meet the boys and welcome them to her home. The boys presented an excellent selection of songs in the magnificent ballroom, which had the best acoustic of all our venues so far. So impressed were the Governor and his wife the boys were given a behind the scenes tour of Government House which included seeing the Royal Suite (including the Queen’s bathroom) and a trip to the tower for a privileged view over the city of Hobart. Then the absolute highlight of the tour for the boys was the trip to the Cadbury Factory, so prepare yourself for some yummy treats back in Melbourne.