A nice surprise to end 2013 was a short trip to one of the most famous cities in the world; Paris. Unfortunately, Ron wasn’t able to make it along as he was performing elsewhere with the NYPBOS but Marianne and I decided to fly the Aonach Mòr flag for him.
On the evening of Monday 26th December, we were invited to perform a short showcase slot at an event that aimed to strengthen cultural activity between France and Scotland. The event was attended by Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop and French Minister of Culture and Communication, Aurelie Filippetti – so we were in fine company for the few hours we were there. Along with performing some music throughout the event, we were treated to some gorgeous views of Paris, some fine wine and a selection of canapés to keep us going!
Carol Main, director of Live Music Now Scotland, joined us at the event and made sure we were looked after during our time in France. After trying to determine a suitable restaurant to eat in for some time, we enjoyed a lovely dinner with Carol before heading to bed after a long day of travelling.
The next day, we made the journey to the The Bilingual Montessori School of Paris to perform for 60 children from nursery age through to primary 3. We played a mixture of songs and tune sets to give them a taste of Scottish music and got them singing along at times – they were able to join us for Jingle Bells in English before letting us hear it in French. We were very impressed!
Our short trip to Paris over two days came to an end quite quickly but not before we did a little bit of shopping on the Champs-Élysées. The Christmas market there allowed us to fit in a little bit of Christmas shopping before heading back home 🙂 Check out a few pictures from the event at the British council below: