Northampton Male Voice Choir travelled to Kent on Friday 13th September and invited Annette and myself (Paul) to join them on their tour.
We set off on a bright and sunny morning with two coaches leaving Northampton and on board were 62 choir members and 46 guests.
Our first port of call was Rochester Cathedral where the choir gave a wonderful performance before moving on to Canterbury to check into our accommodation.
After settling in and freshening up we were off again, this time to Faversham and The Church of St.Mary of Charity to rehearse for the evening concert. A large number of local people enjoyed the concert which raised money for church funds.
Saturday was a free day which gave everyone the opportunity to explore the ancient Cathedral town of Canterbury, again the weather was kind and we where blessed with a gorgeous day.
Saturday evening saw the choir on the road again, this time to the historic town of Sandwich on the river Stour and the St.Mary’s Art Centre where the Choir was welcomed by the Snowdown Colliery Welfare Male Voice Choir. An evening of fine music was enjoyed by all with both choirs singing from their selected repertoires and finishing the concert with a rousing joint rendition of American Trilogy, When the Saints Go Marching In and a grand finale of Morte Christe. The evening concluded with a lovely, relaxed social time spent with the hosts and a splendid buffet.
With the weekend nearly over, the coaches where loaded up on Sunday morning and the intrepid travellers made their way home; but not before a detour to Whitsable to enable everyone to look round the harbour surrounded by its market barns and eateries. Could the day get better? Yes it could! We were bathed in glorious September sunshine, the temperature rose to over 30 degrees and the choir gave an open-air concert on the quay.
At 4-00pm the now weary but happy travellers alighted the coaches for the last leg of their journey home.
What a weekend!
One Annette and I will remember for many years to come.