Groundblog Day, Episode V: The Elgar Strikes Bach

Wednesday 11th – Thursday 12th

We awoke early (as was becoming the norm) and hopped in the cars for the short drive to the British School in Washington. It quickly dawned on us that this was to be an uncomfortably hot day, and that maximising time spent in air-conditioned buildings was vitally important.

After arriving at the school we made our way to a wonderful music room for our first workshop of the day. Some interesting acoustic features were discovered in the ceiling and silly noises abounded. The day continued with talking to the Year 12 students and giving a couple more performances in the lead up to what was the main event – an evening concert for the students and parents. This was great fun and we would like to thank the British School for their enthusiasm and hospitality.

We then made our way back to the same hosts as the previous night with varying success given the highly secure buildings on the George Washington campus. Eventually everyone had found somewhere to sleep, and we prepared for a busy next day.

Having visited DC only briefly on our 2012 tour, we were very excited to be able to spend some time sightseeing this time round, even if some members of the group were seemingly more interested in seeing every Starbucks in town!

Most of the day was spent on the nearby National Mall visiting the various monuments, memorials and museums. Between the Techtonics nearly every Smithsonian building in the area was visited, albeit for a limited time. We gathered again in the afternoon and made our way to the Old Post Office in order to ascend the tower and get a great view.

The evening brought another short drive, this time to American University in order to sing with Dime a Dozen in the beautiful Katzen Arts Center. We had a great reception and we were on a high to go off and spend some time with them that night.

Again, thanks to all those at George Washington University and American University who put us up and put up with us.

-CW

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