24 September 2008 (afternoon)
Wednesday, 24th September 2008
While you are relaxing at home on the public holiday, we are VERY busy. We had an opportunity to sleep a bit later this morning and have some washing done before hitting the shops. Tallinn is a beautiful city with buildings from all eras blending together in a most interesting way. The old part of town has many different curio shops whilst there are also many large and modern shopping centres. The oldest school in Tallinn is still in use almost 400 years after its establishment! Most of us went shopping, only having to report for rehearsals at 14h30.
At the Estonian Concert Hall there is a buzz of activity the likes of which most have us have never seen. Tonight almost 350 children will perform in this beautiful venue. The Estonians have a very strong choir tradition and the children start their training around four years of age. Training of Estonian TV Choir members includes formal choir rehearsals as well as at least one dancing rehearsal per week. From what we have seen this afternoon they move as well as they sing! Tonight’s concert promises to be a really good one!