Between the 1st and 5th of October, The British School of Barcelona welcomed 56 young choristers and 6 staff members. The girls, together with pupils from the school, participated in a number of different workshops and activities during the school day. The choir performed in the school theatre on one evening, as a fundraising concert for UNICEF before an audience of over 180 spectators. The AGC’s stayed with host families from The British School of Barcelona for five days. They also visited the Institute of the Arts Barcelona in Sitges, and participated in a workshop with the Director of the Institute’s Musical Theatre, followed by a public performance at the theatre.
In addition to these educational and musical activities, the AGC also had the chance to visit the tourist sites and attractions on a day tour to Barcelona.
The AGC, founded in 1984 by Judith Curphey with just 150 young girls OAM in Melbourne, is now a large organization with over 4,700 choristers aged 12 to 17 years in five different Australian cities (Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney).
Its repertoire includes a number of traditional Australian pieces, along with songs from around the world, both classic and recent, such as Joyful Joyful (from Ludwig van Beethoven), Shall We Dream (from Michael Atherton) or Happy (from Pharrell Williams), to name just a few . The AGC has entertained dignitaries from all sectors of society, including Pope Benedict XVI, Queen Elizabeth II, Nelson Mandela, President Barack Obama and TV talk-show presenter Oprah Winfrey. The AGC has also performed in several Disney shows as well as in UNICEF benefit concerts.
We know that the young members of the Australian Girls Choir had the best possible time with us and will remember their stay as a highly enjoyable experience, full of great performances and new friends. As for us, The British School of Barcelona was privileged to be part of this event which was a highly enriching experience for all the host families and our pupils. We also believe that it has been a new educational opportunity supporting our vision of multiculturalism, diversity and international mindedness.