Choir Gets a Taste of College

06 July 2017 | Hospitality & Catering

As part of the Mayflower 400 celebrations, City College played host to an American choir in an exchange visit.

The choir rolled up their sleeves and were taught how to make pasties in the College’s cookery demonstration theatre, toured the College’s STEM Hub and were given the opportunity to participate in a range of hands-on activities. The day was rounded off with a barbeque organised by the College’s hospitality and catering team where the 100 guests were entertained with live performances by College music students as they tucked into their meals.

“The Mayflower 400 event celebrates the rich heritage and history we share with the United States and Holland and we are extremely proud to be a part of this here,” said College Vice Principal, Ben Manning. “This event aimed to strengthen the link between American and English choirs and was a great success. It was fantastic to see our visitors engage with everyone here at the College.”

Fiona Pendreigh, Head of Plymouth Music Learning and Communities for Plymouth City Council, said: “We are very excited to welcome the American choir to Plymouth. Our visitors have an action packed itinerary from performances to pasty making and we can’t thank City College enough for hosting us for the day. The workshops were great fun and we got a taste of the fantastic facilities and training.

“The choir were the opening act at the weekend’s Armed Forces Day, are performing at the Eden Project and ending their tour with a concert at the Guildhall on Wednesday 28 June. In the meantime they plan on soaking up some British culture from trying a traditional cream tea to visiting Stonehenge. We hope they enjoy the rest of their visit and get an authentic taste of Britain’s Ocean City.”

For more information about hospitality and catering, STEM-related activities or the range of courses, Apprenticeships and other study options, the College is holding a Course Information Drop-in event on Wednesday 19 July, 4.30pm to 6.30pm at Kings Road. Visit or call 01752 305300 for more information.


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