Concert in Pershore Abbey
With the Amman Valley Male Voice Choir
15th September, 2018
After having to postpone their St David’s Day concert in March, because of heavy snow, Pershore Town Choir finally welcomed the Amman Valley Male Voice Choir to Pershore on Saturday, 15th September. After getting to know each other over afternoon tea, an evening of song followed in the wonderful setting of Pershore Abbey.
Each choir sang its own repertoire, including such pieces as Y Tangnefeddwyr by Eric Jones, and Handel’s Gloria, before coming together to sing Rhythm of Life, We’ll Keep a Welcome in the Hillside and, finally, a stirring rendition of the Welsh National Anthem, Mae Hen Wlad fy Nhadau.
After the concert, Steve Godbold, Chairman of the committee of the Amman Valley Male Voice Choir, presented a Welsh lovespoon to Caroline Hirons, Chairwoman of Pershore Town Choir and extended an invitation for a return concert, this time in Wales!
So thank you very much to everyone who came to join in what was a truly magical evening and for helping to raise £500 for Pershore Twinning
Our 10th Anniversary Tour to Bad Neustadt
27th April – 2nd May, 2017
On 27th April, 35 intrepid choir members and partners set off from Pershore to Bad Neustadt, Pershore’s twin town. After many months of negotiation and planning we were finally off! A short flight from Birmingham found us in Frankfurt and following a welcome from Gabi, we continued our journey to Bad Neustadt and the start of a fantastic few days.
Our first evening was spent at a Beer Festival where we watched the raising of the Maypole and lubricated our voices! The next day we visited Coburg , breaking our return journey to visit The Basilica of the Vierzehnheilige, a beautiful baroque masterpiece. Here we performed an impromptu piece and listened in awe as our voices reverberated around the glorious building.
But, on Saturday came the event we had been waiting for, the official opening of the new Stadthalle. We joined with friends from the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy and Scotland in a never to be forgotten evening of music, fun and lots of laughter.
On Sunday, we had the great privilege of singing with the choir of St John’s Church, Brendlorenzen. Together we sang Schubert’s Mass and Rutter’s “This is the Day”. The actual service was both moving and memorable and a generous lunch, provided by Wolfgang and his choir, rounded off a wonderful morning.
Monday found us in Wurzburg where, again, we felt extremely privileged to sing in one of the Juliusspital buildings, a beautiful, airy room decorated with wall paintings.
An evening of generous hospitality with our German friends in Bad Neustadt brought the day, and our tour, to a close and the following day found us heading home to Pershore.
If you have enjoyed reading about our tour and viewing our photos, why not think about joining our choir? We’re a friendly bunch!