Friday, 29 July 2016

Home at last!

All back safe and sound. Thank you, HCYO players (and staff) for a great tour. You are a credit to Hampshire! Now time for a rest 😊

A final chat at Fleet before we start going our separate ways


3.15 eta at Fleet now

Later ETA

Long delays on the M25 and M3 have resulted us in taking an alternative route.


ETA at Fleet now 3.00ish. Updates as we know more


2.00 pm Fleet

2.45 pm Thornden


The white cliffs of Dover


A spot of Brunch



Out on deck



Relaxing on the boat

We're actually on time!


Half asleep and nearly back home



1 ½ hours from Calais

Midnight pit stop


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

A last supper



An emotional but uplifting end to our final concert, and a final airing for 'On Golden Pond'.



Some of the staff enjoy a brief coffee break during rehearsals


Almost tall enough for HCYO!



A concert poster



The view from the organ loft



Final rehearsals





A word or two from our leader

I think its safe to say everyone has had a really great time thrilling audiences around Budapest. We have been lucky to stay in the accommodation that has provided many home comforts. One highlight being Aquaworld which was a blast and a great cool down from the sweltering heat. Despite the seemingly never-ending coach journeys, we really have united as whole group. Thank you to the bus and van drivers for putting up with the often untuneful singing and keeping the spirits high when things weren't always going to plan. I will miss all the adventures with Hcyo, thank you everyone for being so supportive and hard-working and thank you Carl, I have loved every minute of every rehearsal and concert and I will treasure all the memories we have made through the years.
Here's to many more fabulous years of music making in Hcyo!
Helena Mole

Lunch time for Carl



The town square in Vac



A group photo


Our concert venue today



Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Dinner is served


High spirits on the high seas!


Apres concert chat


Encore - sorry, no, TWO encores :)

Star Wars


Tonight's concert

Tonight HCYO are playing in the MOM cultural centre in Budapest to the Deputy Head of Mission, British embassy


A view of Budapest


A Gypsy fiddler



Sent from my Windows 10 phone


A Gypsy fiddler



Some cellists against the backdrop of the view across the Danube



Sent from my Windows 10 phone


Culture vultures

Rather than swimming, a select few opted for a trip to the Bartok museum. This included the bonus of some extra sight seeing 😊

Carl is looking forward to the trip to Aquaworld.......





Breakfast terrace



A spectacular view from the boat






Getting ready to board the boat


On the way to get some food in Budapest