I said the same about the Monday we departed for France, and I didn’t really manage to stick to it, but there is only so much you can say about the return journey. Once we arrived in Calais we find ourselves stuck in a long line of coaches wanting to cross the border, which means that not only do we miss the earlier ferry which we had been aiming and on time for, we miss our designated ferry by a minute. All because of border security. Well, at least we know they are doing their jobs, right?
Once we are back in England it does not take long for the rain to start falling. You would think that we didn’t miss it? Well, this is partly true, but there is something comforting about the rain, a sense of feeling at home and a journey coming to an end. At least it had cleared by the time we reached Cumberland yard at 11:30PM allowing us to pick up our instruments and cases without getting wet.
A final few words
And with that, our blog is finished. It has been a pleasure working with some of the finest young musicians from our area. We would like to say a special thank you to both Mr Bryant and Mr Gordon, both of whom have sacrificed many hours of their own time to get us to the standard required to play in Paris as well as the rest of the staff, without whom the tour would not have been a success.
Over the next few months we will be taking a rest before we start to plan a new trip to Germany in the Summer of 2019. If you would like any more details on this trip, search UCC Germany Music Tour July 2019 for some updates, or message the UCC Music Twitter account @UCC_Music where there will also be regular updates with what is happening within the department.