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Travelling and arriving 

Friday was a long day of travelling. The coach journey from Birmingham to Dover  started in style with a Bucks Fizz breakfast provided by our tour committee!

We reached Dover in plenty of time and were pleased to be able to stretch our legs on the ferry and watch the white cliffs of Dover as we left. The journey was just long enough to get some lunch before we were arrived in Calais.

As our coach left the port, we saw reminders of conflicts past and present: the barbed wire topped fences along the road and the associated ‘Calais Jungle’ shanty town, then road signs pointing to towns and villages involved in the World Wars.

After many hours on the coach, we eventually arrived at our hotel near Auxerre, and many tired singers made their way to bed.

Up bright and early on Saturday morning for breakfast and a rehearsal for the concert in St Julien du Sault tonight. It’s all go!

Choir tour: preparing the music for first class concerts on tour. 

We depart for our Burgundy choir tour on Friday! We hope that you will enjoy following our tour blog.

The most important part of the tour is the singing, so today we met at Moorpool Hall, Harborne for a 6 hour rehearsal.

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We performed  Schubert’s Mass in G and Mozart’s Ave Verum recently, but some other pieces from the past needed brushing up.

The tour music includes many choir favourites: Finzi’s My Spirit sang all day, MacMillan’s O Radiant Dawn, and John Blow’s Salvator Mundi, to name just three. A tour to France has to include some French works, so we are singing Cantique de Jean Racine by Faure and Messe ‘Cum Jubilo’ by Jean Dattas, former organist at Notre Dame in Paris and father of one of our second sopranos, Sylvie. We’ll tell you about the other music as the tour progresses!

Singers enjoying the sunshine during a break in rehearsal.