Our last Encore missed congratulating the 42 strong tour Choir who visited Tasmania during the September 2013 School Holidays.
Touring is an important part of a chorister’s time with the Choir – a voluntary activity. Boys choose to give up part of their school holidays to visit and entertain in cities and regional areas both internationally and locally around Australia.
Tasmania was last visited in 2001 so it was well overdue for a concert tour. Touring is no ‘walk in the park’! – It is a busy time for boy choristers and staff. Not only are there concerts most evenings, there are the early starts, school visits, workshops with other choirs and the important ambassadorial role the boys play whilst on tour. The boys represent not only the NBCA but behave as young ambassadors for all Australian youth when they travel – on this tour they attended Hobart’s Government House at the invitation of His Excellency Mr Underwood and Mrs Underwood. Choristers and staff joined His Excellency and guests for morning tea before a performance to a full house in the beautiful nineteenth century ballroom.
For all the hard work there is always time to check out the local sights – besides the cities and towns on the tour agenda the boys managed a visit to Cradle Mountain, Cataract Gorge and drove the tourist route from Orford to Hobart.. . oh, and the obligatory visit to the Cadbury Factory!