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2015 Concert Tour: Hopping the Pond

It's official: The Allegro Handbell Ensemble's 2015 European Concert Tour has begun. After a wonderful send-off by friends and family at Union Church in Hinsdale, Illinois, we hopped a plane in Chicago yesterday, stopping briefly in New York, and landed bright eyed (more or less) just after 7:00 this morning in Edinburgh.

Throughout the trip, Allegro members will share a bit about what's happening.

Today's update from Scotland's capital is by Lyndsey Notaro '16 and Gretchen Huebner '18, with a couple comments from director Stephen Edwards:

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This summer, the eight high school students of the Allegro Handbell Ensemble plan to tour Scotland and Ireland.

"Touring with Allegro is a special experience," says Lyndsey Notaro, an 11th grade student at Hinsdale Central High School. "We bond as a family, we meet local people, we share our music."

From June 9 to June 19, the group will visit several cities. They will perform their own program for most concerts, but also will team up with local and international handbell ensembles in a special concert in Scotland.

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"Allegro is like a family," says Celia Balderston, a Hinsdale Central High School junior. "We really bond during tour."

Generations of students in the Allegro Handbell Ensemble have grown together as musicians and leaders during the group's tours. They will perform in Scotland and Ireland this summer if they can raise the $50,000 required.

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Sweet Concert March 16 to Support European Tour

CONCERT: March 22 at 3 P.M.

Enjoy sweet sounds with sweet treats at this special concert. Donations will support a once-in-a-lifetime performance experience for our high school students, who will embark on a concert tour of Scotland and Ireland this summer!

Featuring Music By

Union Bells · Fab Four · Cantate
Kathryn Krainc, violin
Michael Surratt, organ
Daniel M. Reck, handbells
Stephen C Edwards, tenor
and the Allegro Handbell Ensemble

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