This morning we attended the awards ceremony for our latter two categories. We waited with bated breath, not knowing what to expect. So many of our choir members weren’t sure what to expect, because we’d only just come from the open category, which has a score out of 30 but the champions contest has a score out of 100 and some much more intimidating competition!
In the Mixed Chamber Choir category we got 78.something points, and in Musica Contemporanea we got 76.75: two more silver medals! It was wonderful and relaxing at the same time, to think that we managed to get so far among such a talented crowd.
We had a break afterwards – a four hour break! A whole four hours, and what to do? Some people wandered around town, looking at markets and things, some tried to get some touring done and others just went back to the hotel and slept. Our lovely bus driver, Lou, who has been so wonderful, picked people up and brought them back to the Duke Centre where we were supposed to meet at 6pm, and from there we all grouped back together.
From there we went to our final World Choir Games event – the Closing Ceremony. It was amazing. We laughed, we sang, and we had a jolly good time listening to some amazing music from a Latvian chamber choir (promoting the next games in Latvia, woo!), the orchestra led by some various energetic conductors, and Idina Menzel (broadway star and amazing singer).
The levels of patriotism were somewhat reminiscent of the Olympics, but with a few choir songs chucked in. And of course, our favourite Rhythms of One World song (Gary, it’s just stuck with us).
So tomorrow (well, today as I post this), we’re about to fly out and back home. My camera cable is packed away already, so I can’t upload photos for the last two days but I will do as soon as possible! Thank you everyone for your support and I hope that I’ve managed to convey to you how wonderful this trip has been. I’m so grateful that I was able to come along and it’s going to be strange getting used to home again!