Summer Tour

TOUR 2016 – TUSCANY!!

More information, including a proposed itinerary, can be found in our Tour Brochure  and more recently Graham’s Inspection Report, but here’s a quick summary:
  • Based near Florence.  Dates Weds 20th July – Sun 24th July 2016
  • Flying to Bologna by British Airways
  • Hotel is based just outside Florence in the hilltop spa town of Montecatini Terme  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montecatini_Terme
  • Concert venues now confirmed in central Florence (Santo Spirito), Lucca Cathedral and Pistoia Cathedral
Places are now fully booked but we’re keeping a waiting list!  If you would like your name on the list please contact Ruth

Tour music programme

We are very pleased to announce that this will be centred around VIVALDI GLORIA.  There does seem to be a lot of enthusiasm for doing this again (we did 2 years ago in Normandy).  This piece was chosen because we’ve already done it before (we won’t have lots of rehearsal time between the RFH concert and our tour), the Italians know it and we’re pretty sure most tourists will too (so it should be good for audience numbers) and, above all, we love singing it!!   We will also be doing various favourites from the European Sacred Songbook with a proposed programme that looks as follows:-
Gloria – Antonio Vivaldi
Insanae et vanae curae – Joseph Haydn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSYK5JHgRnA
Threnody – Agnus Dei (Tsunami Requiem) – Chris Williams 7 mins
Other popular works from ESM book:
Cantique de Jean Racine – Gabriel Fauré
Ave Verum – W.A Mozart
Bogoroditsye Dyevo – Sergei Rachmaninov
Christus Factus Est – Anton Bruckner
plus new pieces, if time allows possibilities: Ave verum – William Byrd, Geistiches lied – Johannes Brahms
+ organ solo
More detail to follow…..!

TOUR 2015 – THE LOIRE VALLEY

We had a lovely tour in the Loire Valley, France this year.  Based in Angers we performed 3 concerts in 5 days in Montreuil-Bellay, Trélazé as part of the FestivalEstival, and Nantes Cathedral.  Along the way we managed to squeeze in some wonderful food, wine tasting and a visit to a Trogdolyte village…!
The best selection of photos, and even a video of one of our concerts from the Trélazé festival organisers, can be viewed on our Facebook page (you don’t have to be a registered Facebook user to view it).  Just click on the link at the bottom right to go and visit it.
CLICK HERE for some videos of our concert in Nantes, kindly taken by Richard Saker.   We recommend that you download these as they will be here for a temporary period only, they will also play better!
Meanwhile here’s a small selection of photos to give you a flavour of the visit…..

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TOUR 2014 – NORMANDY

Here are some photos from the tour of Normandy 2014.

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For more photos of the tour and even videos of our concerts, click on the following link:

 Click here to view Rouen Tour July 2014.

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