February half term presented the boys from the Big Band with the opportunity to visit, experience and perform in the 2010 European city of culture, Istanbul. Primarily hosted by Robert College, a school that stands in sixty eight acres overlooking the Bosphorus River that divides Europe and Asia, the boys performed two fantastic concerts, one at Robert College and another at the H.E.V. School.
Both performances received standing ovations and featured some playing of extraordinary quality, including impressive solos from Will Blackstone, Nick Birch, Ryan Shone, James Wilkinson, Joe Nelson, Glfyi Heimisson and Harry Uden.
Other highlights of the trip included a visit to a Turkish bath, sightseeing at the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia and Topaki Palace, haggling at the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market, and of course a selection of wonderful Kebab based meals.
All in all, the trip was a reflection of what these young men have achieved – something quite remarkable.