The Holt School Music Tour - Berlin Mission concert
Over 30 pupils from Holt School Girl’s Choir travelled to Krakow and Berlin to perform concerts, spending four nights in Krakow and performing two concerts whilst there. Whilst in Poland they visited the camps at Auschwitz Birkenau.
They then travelled by coach to Berlin where they first performed two concerts and then, a very special third Easter Sunday Concert that took place in a refugee centre, run by the Berliner StadtMission in Spandau/Berlin.
The students sung and brought cheer to many of the 1000 refugees who have fled present day tyranny.
Here is a summary from the Party Leader ...
We arrived and weren’t really sure what to expect. The girls were a little apprehensive as to how they would react to the refugees and that they might become upset. However, there was no cause for upset whatsoever. It was a fantastic experience. We performed approx. 45 mins on the stage in the main area of the mission.
Our concert was greatly received and appreciated by the audience. Afterwards some of the girls went to help give out Easter Eggs to the children whilst the others stayed in the main area and talked with the refugees. They were then eager to share their musical talents with us and we ended up in a large huddle of students and refugees each taking a turn to sing something. We had singing in Urdu and one chap gave us a rendition of an Eminem Rap – word perfect! One young lad wanted us to sing Adele's "Skyfall" again but told me he was too shy to ask us when we were on the stage.
The girls all agreed that the mission concert was one of the highlights of the tour and an experience they shall always remember. It was a shame we had to leave and could have spent more time meeting and sharing music with these people.