Recently CSGS students were invited to show off their musical talents at the Houses of Parliament. Here Beth, one of the student lucky enough to be taking part in this event, has written about her experience of the day:
The Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School String Quartet and Flute Trio went to the Houses of Parliament to perform several musical pieces. When we arrived we went through a metal detector and all got issued photographic passes. We were collected and taken to the restaurants in Parliament in an entirely glass building in the centre of the building. We were given a selection of sandwiches and biscuits, compliments of the organisers. Afterwards, we were taken to the terrace where a marquee was set up with refreshments with waiters and waitresses serving canapes and drinks. We got out our instruments and rehearsed some of our pieces. The view was amazing and the terrace directly overlooked the river and the London eye was colourfully lit in the darkness. Then we performed to the headmasters, headmistresses and MP’s. Whilst we were taking it in turns to perform, the other group helped to greet the arriving guests. Afterwards we were escorted out and got to take pictures of Big Ben from really close. It was amazing!