Brentwoodian 2022

After an early breakfast on Wednesday, the musicians travelled to Verona to perform a choral evensong in the Church of San Giorgio. The Chamber Choir sang with maturity, poise and incredible musicality which was very well received by a deeply moved audience. The musical programme featured a plethora of stunning music with a heavy focus on Vivaldi, which was also picked up by the Chamber Music group who performed Baroque masterpieces with style. Lunchtime was then spent discovering the beautiful city of Verona, featuring visits to Juliet’s balcony and the spectacular Verona Arena. The day ended satisfyingly with another concert in a quaint square outside of the Theatro DIM, which featured the Big Band, Chamber Choir, Girls’ Choir and Boys’ Barbershop. Particular highlights of the night included performances of student-written arrangements and Big Band classics such as New York New York and The Nearness of You. Of course, no tour would be complete without a trip to a waterpark, so Thursday was spent at Canevaworld Water Park in true Music Department fashion. The tour-goers then enjoyed a pizza dinner together before heading to Lazise. The final concert did not disappoint: set against the stunning backdrop of a lakeside sunset opposite a bustling piazza, the Big Band was treated to a huge audience of eager listeners and rapturous applause throughout. It was truly one of the most spectacular performances in BSBB history and will no doubt live on in the minds of students and teachers alike for many years to come. Once again, we were all reminded of the power music has to bring communities together and to spread happiness. By Sophia Assitzoglou 49