This summer the Choir of Kings College, Cambridge undertook their most extensive and prestigious tour to date. They circled the globe in just over three weeks, visiting Hong Kong, Macau Japan, Taipei, New York, Interlochen and Ravinia singing to capacity audiences everywhere.
Venues included the majestic National Concert Hall in Taipei, the stunning Tokyo Opera City, Lincoln Center in New York and the magnificent Martin Theater, Ravinia. Extra-curricula activities included a personal invitation from the President of Taiwan to tea at the Presidential Palace in Taipei. At the end of tour, chorister Sam Copley compiled this report:
Number of concerts: 11
Where: Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei, Tokyo, New York, Interlochen and Chicago.
Number of flights: 7 totalling 42 hours and 10 minutes and covering 19716 miles.
How many time changes: 6 (we arrived in New York before we left Tokyo).
Coach journeys: 30
Ferry crossings: 2
Best concert hall: Tokyo Opera City (modern all wood).
Most enthusiastic audience: Taipei (we all received flowers and teddies).
Best hotel: Grand Hotel, Taipei (built in the style of a Buddhist temple).
Most peculiar meal: Macau poached ducks blood, octopus insides, skin of pork, sheeps brain.
Strangest sight: man fishing down a drain in Hong Kong.
Best view: from the top of the World Trade Center, New York.
Hottest: the trip to the Hong Kong Peak.
Coldest: swimming in Lake Michigan.
Shopping gossip: Mr Abbot had a suit made in Hong Kong.
Moment to remember: Mr Cleobury receiving a four and a half foot fluffy polar bear at the end of the Taipei concert.