By Jennifer Grimes

Triplicate staff writer

After looking forward to it for nine months, the Del Norte High School Madrigal Choir took flight on the trip of a life time this morning to London and Gloucester England.

Its so exciting! Were going to be able to do things well never be able to do again, said Lynn Henslee, a senior in the choir, whos glad to share the discovery of a new country with her 23 friends.

The group of 12 boys and 12 girls will perform four concerts in Gloucester. One of which will be in an ancient cathedral built in the year 681 AD.

The thing Im most looking forward to is showing other people what our small community can do. That you dont have to be from a big city to be this good, said Lindy Rust, the choirs director of 11 years.

Practicing for 12 hours a week together, the teenagers said theyve become as close as a family - and said they feel confident they will be ready to perform.

Rust said for the past seven years in a row, Del Norte Highs choirs have won top honors at the Humboldt State University Festival. Its an event that grades the quality of school singing groups from around the region.

In fact, last year, the judges got out of their chairs to ask if we had considered going to any international concerts, he said.

Rust believes word got out from those judges about his choirs talent and generated the invitation from England.

It wont just be a trip, according to senior Kari Alexander, it will be an experience. Host families will keep the singers for their one week stay, letting them get to know the people and culture first hand.

As far as Ive ever been is Texas, so yeah, its going to be interesting, said Junior Bob Barlow.

Five other U.S high school choirs will sing at the British invitational this week. All six choirs will join the private King School choir for a mass concert on Sunday night.

Im just excited to meet people. Its going to be so cool, said senior James Standring.