Portsmouth High School girls returned this week after a four day music and cultural tour to Belgium where they performed five concerts as well as taking in many of the historical sites of the country.
The girls, from Year 7 to Sixth Form, performed two concerts in Bruges and two in Ostend as well as a canal cruise, visit to a chocolate museum and a moving visit to the Menin Gate in Ypres. This Memorial to the Missing is a war memorial dedicated to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War I and whose graves are unknown.
The final evening saw the girls perform to a huge audience at St Rochus Church in Blankenberge, a seaside town in West Flanders.
‘We have many groups perform regularly here but the Portsmouth High School girls sang like angels,’
said a spokeswoman for the church. ‘The girls have raised the bar in terms of performing in the church here.’
Year 7 pupil, Imogen Cox, said:
‘Our last night in the church was incredible and there was a wonderful atmosphere as we performed Let the River Run. The chocolate museum was amazing too!’
Mrs Jane Prescott, Headmistress of Portsmouth High School, who accompanied the tour, added:
‘The girls performed beautifully at all the venues including the bandstand in Ostend. They also had an opportunity to reflect on the historical importance that Belgium played during both world wars and had a lot of fun too.’