Sidney Sussex Choir have just returned from a successful tour of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Osborn Director of Music Dr David Skinner writes:

'Highlights included four live slots on MBC1 (the Arabic equivalent of BBC1) which were aired to more than 30 million people across the Arabic-speaking world. Along with concerts and performances at the University of the UAE in Al Ain, Repton School Dubai, DUCTAC (the only commercial theatre in Dubai), MBC, the Meydan Hotel (Sheikh Mohammed's race course hotel) and Dubai College (the oldest academic institution in Dubai) the Choir and Sidney Sussex College enjoyed unprecedented and maximum exposure in the Middle East.

The tour was arranged and organised by Joanna Marsh, a previous organ scholar at Sidney, who guaranteed the most wonderful of tours. Apart from the concerts, Joanna and her husband Paul Griffiths arranged for the choir to visit Aquaventure Waterpark on Palm Island, and an Arabic Safari which included 'dunebashing', camel riding, a sumptuous buffet and belly dancing! Members of the Choir were generously hosted by parents of Repton School.

Joanna Marsh commented that "music has tremendous power; it can attract attention, evoke emotion and demonstrate skill. And with an ambitious Director of Music like David it can really perform an ambassadorial function."'

David Skinner has uploaded highlights from the Choir's appearance on MBC1 Breakfast Television to YouTube.

The Choir will be singing Evensong at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday 17th April.  You can find out more information by following the link to the Alumni section of the website.

This is an archived news story, first posted in 2012.

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