Chance meeting set to lead to memorable St Mary’s Church concert in Horncastle

The Banovallum Singers performing in France
The Banovallum Singers performing in France
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A ‘chance meeting’ between two choirs two years ago in France is behind what promises to be an memorable concert at St Mary’s Church, Horncastle, on June 7.

Members of the Horncastle based Banovallum Singers and a 25-strong choir from Twistringen in Germany met at a series of concerts in France.

The theme of the St Mary’s concert will be peace and friendship.

It will include a performance by both choirs of “Lord Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace” as well as a varied programme of other works, ranging from Sting’s “Fields of Gold”, to the traditional “Blow Away the Morning Dew”.

The Banovallum Singers already have a reputation throughout the county for the professional quality of their popular performances which enable churches to raise funds.

The Twistringen group, known as the “Churchies”, has a similar role in Germany.

Specialising in four part unaccompanied choral works, their choice of music is not unlike that of the Banovallum Singers.

Members of the German choir will be hosted for the duration of their stay 
by members of the 
Banovallum Singers with support from the Horncastle’s highly successful Twinning Association.

Organisers are delighted with what is the first joint venture between the two groups and hope it will lead to a more formal link between Horncastle and Twistringen in the future.

Gerry Molsom, chairman of the Banovallum Singers, said there was a particular significance in the date and the theme for the concert as it coincided with the anniversary of the D Day landings during the Second World War.

More information about the concert - including ticket details - will be announced shortly.