Trinity’s Symphony Orchestra has completed a successful tour in Romania, marking the first time the School has travelled to the country.

Led by Cristian Persinaru, Head of Strings, and Liz Regan, Head of Woodwind and principal conductor of the orchestra, the 48-strong group performed in Brasov, Bran and Sibiu, taking in the wonderful sights and scenery of Romania during their 6 night stay. The orchestra performed in some of the country’s most amazing concert halls, including the Sala Patria in Brasov and Sala Thalia in Sibiu, and also outside in glorious sunshine in the gardens of the legendary Bran Castle and Brasov’s main square.

The group performed Dvorak’s Carnival Overture, Symphony no. 9 ‘New World’, and Beethoven’s Romance in F major for violin and orchestra – where the solo was shared between Kristen Nielsen and Alexander Lee – to appreciative audiences, who commented on the excellent standard of playing demonstrated by our talented musicians.

The orchestra’s performances raised money for Hospices of Hope, a charity that supports people that are terminally ill in Romania and South East Europe, and specifically Hospice Casa Sperantei, where the group also visited and performed for the patients. The group had also donated two electric pianos to the charity, so that patients could use the instruments during their time at the hospices.

Cristian Persinaru said:  “Having organised several tours to date, our tour to Romania was so far the most challenging, yet the best in terms of plans coming to fruition. The group of students were led admirably by our fantastic Sixth Form, who were great leaders for their younger colleagues. It was my pleasure and privilege to share and show-off a small part of Romania – amazing places, stunning views, surprising history, great traditions and most importantly, really friendly, helpful, and welcoming people.”

During their time in Romania the group also took time to explore some of the country’s landmarks, including the Parliament Building in Bucharest, Bran Castle and the largest salt mine in Europe at Slanic Prahova. Students commented on how much they enjoyed their trip and are looking forward to getting the chance to go back and see more of the country!

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