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Outstanding tour in Brittany


The Choir have just returned from a very successful tour of Brittany. The first day of the tour began very early, with the first coach pick-up in Bodmin leaving promptly at 5.30 am, for the 08.00 am ferry crossing from Plymouth to Roscoff on Thursday 21st July. As you would expect of Loveny, the channel crossing could not possibly pass without an impromptu performance which, judging by the applause, was very well received by other passengers. After a calm and pleasant voyage, the Choir and our supporters boarded the coach for a short two-hour trip to our hotels in Douarnenez. That same evening, the Choir, our supporters and our friends and organisers in Brittany, got together in the Hotel De France for a most enjoyable evening meal.

On Friday everyone was free to look around Douarnenez at their leisure, and in the evening the Choir and their supporters travelled to Benodet for our first concert. The Eglise St Thomas De Benodet is a wonderful Church with amazing acoustics, and the Church was packed to capacity. Loveny sang a variety of songs from their repertoire which included The Song of Cornwall, Alexanders Ragtime Band and others, they also sang Kenavo which they sang in Breton and La mer, toujours la mer sung in French. Loveny’s soloists in the concert were Peter Bawden and Helen and John White. Peter sang I’ll Walk with God made famous by the great Mario Lanza, Old Man River from the musical Show Boat, and finished with the foot tapping Floral Dance. Helen, as well as singing the female part in Les Miserables, played the violin, and John sang and played guitar. Together they sang Quizas Quizas Quizas “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps”, Java Jive (cup a cup of tea) and finished with Sweet Georgia Brown.

Towards the end of the concert the choir sang Les Miserables by Boubli and Schonberg arranged by Nick Hart Loveny’s President. The soloists for this performance were Peter and Helen. At the conclusion of the concert Loveny sang the very moving “The Blessing of Aaron”, which was dedicated to the people who perished in the Nice attack.

On Saturday the Choir and supporters visited the Maritime Festival on the harbour front in Douarnenez, a fantastic festival with boats and ships, tall and otherwise, open to the public, and a variety of singers performers, and stalls. Loveny sang in three locations and received a great welcome from the crowds.

On Sunday the coach took a large party to Quimper to see the Parade of the Festival De Cournouaille and what a wonderful sight it was, with bands and dancers in national costumes. Later that evening the Choir had their final concert at Pont Croix, a magnificent Church which again was filled to capacity. Before the concert began, the Choir were pleasantly surprised when the town Mayor bestowed upon us the the honour of Citizenship of Pont Coix. The Choir and their supporters thank the people of Pont Croix and the Breton organisers for their wonderful warm welcome and the superb meal they laid on after the concert. In fact wherever Loveny sang on the tour, we were given a warm welcome.

Our MD was Colin Arthur and accompanist was Heather Taylor. Colin did a brilliant job in preparing the choir and conducting in the concerts and other events.

A final thank you must go to Brian Crowle and Dave Williams for organising the tour. The Choir and its supporters travelled home on Monday morning having experienced an absolutely wonderful few days!

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