Singers enjoy first foreign tour

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The Stewkley Singers, one of Buckinghamshire’s newest choral societies, set off on their first foreign tour to Alsace the weekend before Christmas.

Around 40 members of the choir and some of their supporters travelled to Colmar for four days where the choir performed three concerts alongside French choir Des Amis DeSiDeLa.

The Stewkley choir members enjoyed some fantastic French hospitality and toured the region’s atmospheric Christmas markets before performing their main concert in L’eglise Notre Dame de l’Assomption in Wintzentheim.

Conducted by their founder and musical director, Jenny Morgan, the choir performed Christmas music from throughout the ages ranging from the Renaissance masterpiece “O Magnum Mysterium” by Tomas de Victoria to modern day carols by John Rutter and Will Todd.

The second half of the concert saw both choirs combine to perform together in a variety of French and English carols, finishing with a vibrant performance of Jingle Bells which the Alsace press described as “un magistral Jingle Bells” – a masterly performance. Certainly, the 400-strong audience enjoyed the concert and rewarded the singers with a standing ovation.

Later in the weekend, the choir performed for an audience of over 500 pensioners at their annual Christmas Feast and sang carols at a local hospital.

Plans are now underway to extend an equally warm welcome when Les Amis DeSiDeLA visit Buckinghamshire in May 2015. The two choirs will have an exciting weekend of activities together, culminating in concert of music by Franz Schubert, George Shearing and John Rutter to be performed at St Barnabas Church, Leighton Buzzard on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

Stewkley Singers rehearse on Thursday evenings during term time and are recruiting for experienced singers in all voice parts. For further information, please call secretary Ron Sims on 01525 240671.