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My Summer Music Tour of England

by Lennon Leppert

Iím in a chorus called the Los Angeles Childrenís Chorus. Altogether we have 180 Choristers in all the Choirs. There are four Choirs in all -- Apprentice, Intermediate, Concert Choir and the Madrigal Ensemble. I am in the Concert Choir. This year we are celebrating our 15th anniversary and we just had our Spring Concert.

The Choir tours somewhere every year and this year we are touring England and Scotland for two weeks from about July 24 to August 7.† On our stay there we will be seeing Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Cambridge University, the Tower of London, Warwick Castle, Shakespeare Theater and Garden, Coventry Cathedral and Edinburgh Castle. We will also go shopping and see a West End Show. (West End is like Broadway in New York, where all of the big, live theatres are.)†

We will be spending 4 days in London, 2 days in Stratford-on-Avon, with side trips to York and Coventry and 4 days in Edinburgh, Scotland.† On top of that, we will be performing at St. Martin in the Fields, London. This world-famous church is in the heart of the city and was built in 1726. It has a really good orchestra started by Sir Neville Merriner, who was its main conductor for many years. They have recorded a lot of music by Bach (one of my favorites) as well as many other composers.

We will also perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Edinburgh (pronounced Edinborough) is the capital and second largest city in Scotland. (Glasgow is the largest.) Edinburgh stands on the hills near the Forth River, in an area called the Firth of Forth. Edinburgh Castle is built on a huge rock overlooking the city.† Pipers in kilts lead frequent parades past the castle gates.

London is the capital of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which is usually called simply the United Kingdom or Britain.† London is the largest city in the United Kingdom and one of the largest cities in the world. It has five world-famous symphony orchestras: The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Philharmonia, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Westminster Abbey, one of Londonís most famous churches, is the site of coronations and royal weddings.† Also, many important figures of British history are buried in the Abbey.

Stratford-on-Avon is a small market town on the Avon River, famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. It is less than 100 miles from London and is one of the oldest towns in England. Stratford-on-Avon is the largest town in the entire district of Stratford-on-Avon, which has a population of 105,800, less than my hometown, Thousand Oaks, CA, so I guess it must be pretty small.†

In my another article I will describe how my trip went.

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