Aurillac - Festival bound

25th - 28th May 2012

Our ‘twinned’ choir in Aurillac, Chorale du Millenaire, invited us to join with them to help celebrate their 40th Anniversary in a grand concert, together with singers from Bocholt, their other twin town in Germany.
Tragically, Tony, our musical director, died unexpectedly two weeks before we were due to go.
This, combined with on-going transport problems meant that in the end only a handful of people were able to make the trip.
Many of our French hosts knew Tony from previous visits, and felt the loss too.
We were grateful that at least a few of us were able to make the journey and represent Bassetlaw and the Ryton Chorale on this occasion.

Before going we commissioned a glass plate from Ingrid Pears, the award winning glass artist, as a gift to the Chorale du Millenaire and to mark the occasion. A group went to watch her make the plate at her studio in Thoresby, and afterwards had their photo taken with her.

We rehearsed with the French and German choirs Saturday afternoon in the magnificent church of Saint-Geraud in Aurillac.

Jean-Luc, Paul, Marlene and Norman, just before the concert. Richard - the fifth singer in the contingent - missed this photo opportunity!

After the concert there was a buffet, where Paul (Chair of Ryton Chorale) presented Catherine (President of Chorale du Millenaire) with the plate.

The plate was full of greens and blues and yellows – representing the landscape of north Nottinghamshire, its streams and rivers and ancient woodlands.

Catherine presented us with a book commemorating the exchange visits between our two choirs.

Sunday lunchtime the Aurillac Twinning Association organised lunch for everyone – Germans, French and English – at Lac des Graves.


Later that afternoon everyone attended a reception at the town hall in honour of the 40th Anniversary of the Aurillac and Bocholt twinning. The Ryton Chorale party met the Mayor of Aurillac, Alain Calmette.

That evening there was a Gala Dinner for everyone, organised by Aurillac Town Council, the French and German choirs entertained us with a song each.

And a good time was had by all! Marlene, Clare and Richard with French and German friends at the Gala concert.

-- Paul Nicholas, Chairman