Friday, January 16, 2009

After 4,270 miles--we arrived!

The following is a post from VocalEssence Ensemble Singer Brock Metzger, who is enjoying his fourth year performing with the group.

Greetings from England! My name is Brock Metzger and I am honored to post the first blog from “the road!” Today has been a long and exciting day, and I am happy to report that all of the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers (and our luggage) made it safe and sound.

After arriving at Heathrow Airport, we met our tour guides – Anna and Suzie, loaded onto the coach, and made our way to Oxford! My first trip to England has been full of new experiences already, including the door to the coach being on the “wrong” side. En route, Suzie kept us thoroughly entertained with some history of the country and other insightful commentary—including new words and phrases like “nattering on” (going on) and “face flannel” (washcloth).

After lunch in Oxford, we had our first rehearsal at the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, where our first concert takes place on Saturday. The church is beautiful and is a treat to sing in, but it was so cold inside that many of us wore our coats throughout the rehearsal. Philip Brunelle had warned us that although the temperature is higher than Minnesota, England offers a “different type” of cold. The wet air makes it feel very cold and I will definitely wear thicker socks tomorrow!

It seems that I have been “nattering on” for awhile and so I will sign off. A number of us are heading out to a local pub for a chance to sample the local scene. Don't forget to check out our photo diary of today's events! Until next time—cheerio!

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