Simple Gifts

The last few days have been a whirlwind of priceless memories, beautiful music and precious time together! I think it is safe to say, all would like to return someday!

Edinburgh was quite magical with Edinburgh Castle sitting above the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. It is the most besieged place in Britain, and has been home to many of Scotland’s kings and queens. The tour of the Royal Palace was quite stunning and the view spectacular!

J.K. Rowling wrote much of The Sorcerer’s Stone from an Edinburgh coffee shop and its not hard to see where she received her inspiration. Winding shops down cobble stone streets had the feel we were shopping in Diagon Alley with Edinburgh Castle, home to Hogwarts.

In Edinburgh, the Little Traverse Youth Choir’s voices soared and resonated to the top of St. Giles Cathedral. Breathtaking and beautiful.

St. Giles’ (pronounced Jile!) iCathedral is the principal place of worship of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh.The present church dates back to the late 14th century and is sometimes regarded as the “Mother Church of Presbyterianism”. The choir performed for an hour to an audience, as well as people wandering through the cathedral who paused to listen.

Later that afternoon, Dance Unbound performed at the base of the hill below the castle. It was so fun to see their total show. Check out their video at Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center on Facebook.

The following morning we traveled to Stirling Castle for a joint concert in the cathedral with Dance Unbound and Lexi. Here’s a clip of Simple Gifts from The American Folk Rhapsody.

We traveled to the National Wallace Monument, built to honor Sir William Wallace, Scotland’s national Hero, before heading into Glasgow for our last evening in Scotland.

Heartfelt gratitude to Martin, our driver, Harvey, our tour guide, Jack Kukuk, VWB Artistic Director, Dance Unbound, our chaperones, Brenda Bell, Sara Kukuk and our VWB Board Members, our fantastic parents, all the donors who helped to make this possible and Petra, Sara and the staff at Music Celebrations International and the staff at Air Bear Travel for an incredible experience!

A view of Glasgow.

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