STUDENTS from Ellesmere College are heading off to sing in one of the most iconic and world-class renowned Spanish venues.

The Chapel Choir and other musicians at the school will sing in the recognisable La Sagrada Familia during their trip to Barcelona.

They will also perform at Barcelona Cathedral and The Basilica of the Montserrat Monastery.

When at the UNESCO World Heritage site La Sagrada Familia - one of the most famous churches in the world which was designed by Gaudi and has been under construction since 1882 - the choir will perform at Mass and an evening concert in the crypt, the only fully finished section of the church.

Whitchurch Herald: Ellesmere College Chapel ChoirEllesmere College Chapel Choir (Image: Ellesmere College)

They have also been invited to perform a short capella concert in the nave.

Tony Coupe, director of Music at Ellesmere College, said: "Performing in both the nave and the crypt of La Sagrada is a rare experience.

"The building is obviously very well known and to perform in two areas of it will be incredible.

"We are delighted that the students will have the opportunity, as well as the other three concerts they will be performing at iconic locations during our time in Barcelona."


He continued: "The city is full of culture and heritage and I planned this tour to ensure it would be an unforgettable experience for the students, I am very confident it will be.

"The performances are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we are all very excited."

The students will leave for Barcelona on Thursday, March 23, and will return on Monday, March 27.

Whitchurch Herald: Ellesmere College Chapel ChoirEllesmere College Chapel Choir (Image: Ellesmere College)

During the tour the students will also visit sites such as Picasso Museum, Parc Guell, Palau de la Musica, Sitges and have the opportunity to visit Camp Nou, the home of Barcelona Football Club.

At Palau de la Musica the pupils will attend an orchestral concert featuring a brilliant program of music by Bernstein, Duke Ellington and the world premiere of a new piano concerto.

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It will include performances by Marco Mezquida, Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès and Víctor Pablo Pérez.

The Chapel Choir and Ellesmere College musicians have previously enjoyed music tours in locations such as Paris and Rome.