Our visit to New York began with a walking tour to get a feel for the city. In the evening we had a bus tour that gave us a broad overview of a city many were seeing for the fist time. We had a wonderful visit to Steinway Hall and everyone was allowed to play any of the pianos there after having an interesting history of Steinway pianos given by a former concert pianist who played for us. After playing at St. Paul’s we took a boat trip around the harbour and saw the Statue of Liberty up close. We then drove to Morris Plains, New Jersey. In the past I have billeted their touring handbell choir twice and they were very happy to return the favour. We stayed two nights with wonderful families, played for their church service on Sunday morning, watched their excellent choir rehearse and then had some relaxing time shopping!
I am very grateful to the chaperones/drivers. Much planning and many hours went into what proved to be a wonderful and meaningful experience for us all.
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