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Young English classical musicians take Belgium by storm
Fifty-eight young Warwickshire musicians are celebrating a highly successful tour to Belgium, the latest event in an impressive list of overseas engagements undertaken by County Music Service, reports Warwickshire News. Members of the County Wind Band, String Orchestra, Chorale and Percussion Ensemble thrilled audiences at four outstanding concerts which culminated in a performance at the imposing Brussels Cathedral. The heady mix of magical, musical moments and exciting excursions to castles, safaris and a wide variety of museums delighted pupils and staff alike. The Chorale gave a sublime impromptu performance whilst visiting some impressive caves in the region utilising the unequalled acoustics. The first three concerts were in the open air, each taking place in a magnificent location. The first was an informal affair in the picturesque garden square of Namur civic centre. The second in La Roche-en-Ardenne was set against the backdrop of the medieval castle between the central pagoda and illuminated fountains. The final setting was the town square of Marche-en-Famenne where a large crowd had gathered. Each concert had a distinct character and each raised the musical bar a notch higher than the previous one. The stunning finale featured the combined forces of the wind band, strings and chorale.