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Global Orchestra - Broken Ice and Soaring Voices

The first day of the Global Orchestra started with some very fun and sometimes challenging ice breaking games. I was really nervous when I first saw the other Global Orchestra students yesterday. They were all chosen to take part, so they had to be pretty good, so it was great to get to know them better through the games.

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During the ice breakers, we had to complete different challenges, like the human chain and another that involved remembering the names of all of the others in the group. Everybody got a lot closer as a result and I made a friend from Budapest who is also a singer like me.

I am a soprano and for the Global Orchestra I sing Best Day of My Life, Pavane, Glorious and Jazz Cantate. I also get to perform a solo during a special performance this weekend on the rooftop of the Nord Anglia Education school in New York.

We started this afternoon's rehearsal with the whole orchestra and choir; 81 students rehearsing Best Day of My Life. It was really organised and all the students seemed really well prepared. It was a great start - it sounded really good, particularly as it was the first time for some people, like myself, to sing with a big orchestra. Singing with the orchestra changed the song, made it less pop, almost classical, and it sounded amazing. Singing it with an orchestra and such a large choir just felt right.

We covered all the four songs in two hours, to give us the chance to see what we need to work on over the next four days before the big concert. At the end, I was exhausted, but the bus drive back to the hotel was hilarious. I sat with new friends and we sang and joked, which energised me a little and kept me awake for the next bus ride to a nearby restaurant for dinner.

I'm excited for tomorrow as we're going to focus more on our songs when we "take over" the New York school; and I can't wait to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night on Broadway tomorrow evening.

The time has passed so quickly; I still can't believe I'm in New York!

Arianna Pantalone, Year 9