25 March–2 April 2015
THE SCRATCH® RENDEZVOUS WITH RAJASTHAN
Schubert’s Mass in G in Delhi
In the spring of 2015 we made our first ever visit to India. Our main performance was in Delhi, where we performed Schubert’s Mass in G in the Cathedral Church of the Redemption, and raised over £500 for the cathedral’s roof repair fund.
As well as the Schubert we dipped into a lighter selection (The Memory of All That) from time to time. We gave an informal concert in Samode Palace, the spectacular setting for our Maharaja’s Feast, which included custom-made Indian costumes for all participants. Manvinder Rattan was our musical director for the trip, and David Ponsford our accompanist. Soloists were drawn from the choir.
Aside from the music, we were treated to a wealth of fabulous sightseeing opportunities on the main tour, including the highlights of the ‘Golden Triangle’, the Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri. Smaller groups took advantage of add-on tours before and after the main event to visit Amritsar, Kathmandu (just a few weeks before the terrible earthquakes struck), Kerala and the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.
A selection of photos of our trip can be found by clicking here; participants who are already on Facebook can also join a dedicated Facebook group to keep in touch and swap stories and pictures. It’s a closed group, so you need to apply to join.
Comments from participants:
‘I just want to take this opportunity to say thank you to TRBC for such an amazing trip… I have made some great new friends.’ WM, Chipping Norton
‘What an amazing trip it was. Specialised Travel and Scratch have pulled off another tour de force, literally.’ DP, Southampton
‘For me, it was such a fantastic experience as I would never have considered going to India on my own, but to have such excellent guides and the opportunity to sing under Manvinder with David playing the piano is a memory that will stay with me forever.’ HC, Bromsgrove