NACE International Music Festival

A group of Stonar musicians flew to Barcelona to take part in the fourth international NACE Schools Music Festival.

Pupils worked together with their international counterparts all week at the Agora Sant Cugat school with sister schools from France, Belgium and Spain, sharing music and cultural experiences. In addition to rehearsals the group was treated to trips into the centre of Barcelona where they explored the busy streets of 'Las Ramblas', the gothic quarter and saw the impressive Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia. A particular highlight was visiting the beautifully ornate 'Palau de la Musica' home to the Orfeo de Catala.

The event culminated in a gala performance in the schools Jose Carreras Auditorium on Saturday where our Chamber Choir performed. The choir programme included the atmospheric 'Hush Lie Still' written by Mr Goodall which will also be performed in Bath Abbey. One parent commented on the 'angelic' voices of our pupils. 'We thought we were in heaven!', she said.