As I sit writing this in the all too bleak midwinter that is an English January, it seems almost incredible to me that just a month and a half ago the Choir and I were enjoying the gorgeous sunny weather of Hong Kong. Even though the tour was
only a short time ago, the places we visited, the concerts we sang and the experiences we had were a world away, culturally as well as geographically, from the matins-and-evensong routine we are all used to in our College Choir. Hong Kong seemed to have
a bit of everything: one minute we were exploring the maze of high-rise buildings and street-markets, the next we were singing Christmas carols in a roof-top bar or a private club and the next we were witnessing the delights and diversions of Macau, as well
as singing in a beautiful historic church there. And who among the singers in the Choir will forget that idyllic day spent at Yim Tin Tsai, Hong Kong’s ‘ghost island’, or the spectacular views of the harbour from the ferry and from
Yet the most unforgettable thing for me was the degree of patience and hospitality which our hosts showed us when we were there: taking responsibility for students from a foreign country is not an easy task.
I hope I speak
for the whole Choir when I say that I feel immensely privileged to have been included on this tour: it was certainly quite unlike any tour I have been on before, and I know we all enjoyed the experience tremendously.
Mathematician, Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge