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July 22nd, 2009 - Bradford Boys' Choir tours Germany
Bradford Boys' Choir tours Germany



In June of this year, the Bradford Boys' Choir embarked on its first ever foreign tour, to take part in the choral festival 'Festivokal' in Ilbenstadt, Germany. Leaving Bradford in the early afternoon, they took the overnight ferry from Hull to Rotterdam and, due to traffic jams on the German autobahn, arrived at the 'Haus St Gottfried' in the shadow of the Basilica of SS Peter and Paul, just in time to get changed into their concert clothes and get back on the coach to take them to their first concert venue.

The rest of the week contained a good mix of choral workshops with conductors from all over Germany and beyond, concerts with the other choirs at the festival (including at the magnificent DOLCE-Theatre in nearby Bad Nauheim) and singing two motets at solemn Mass in the Basilica on Sunday morning. With a repertoire ranging from Schubert's Mass in G to Goodnight Sweetheart, the boys were worthy ambassadors for the Diocese of Leeds, drawing praise from the festival organisers and featuring on a documentary made for local radio, broadcast in August.

Of course, there was time for relaxation, on the football field in the grounds of our accommodation and at the ice-cream parlour in Bad Nauheim.

All too soon though, the week was over and we returned to the UK exhausted, but looking forward to wherever our next tour might take us.



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