Maidstone Choral Union on Tour


An annual tour has become a delightful tradition in recent years. The tour is a mixture of singing (often performing in breath-taking venues), sight seeing and socializing.

Tours began in 1995 to Jersey and since then have continued yearly. Destinations have included
Guernsey, Paris, Prague and Hradec Kralove, Brugge, Barcelona, Lisbon, Naples, Cordoba and Granada, Padua and Venice, Eger and Budapest.

During 2006 the choir visited Greece, performing in both Athens and Nafplio.

Eger Basilica, Hungary 2005 (photograph: Clive Tanner)

A concert in the Church of San Ildefonso in Granada

  2008 Tour to the Czech Republic

The annual European trip this year took place in glorious weather at the end of May. MCU members spent four days in Prague, singing there at the Lutheran church of U Salvator, firstly joining a Baptism service and then later giving a concert of motets and other short pieces.

There was plenty of time for sight-seeing before a move to Decin, near the German border, where our choristers combined with Decinsky Pevecky Sbor - the Decin Choir - to sing Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man. The Municipal Theatre was filled to capacity for the performance, which was repeated at the small town of Litomerice two days later.

Many choir members stayed with Czech families, whose hospitality was extremely generous, while the whole choir was entertained at a reception after the Decin event. It was good to meet the Czech choir again in July when they paid a return visit as part of Maidstone’s International Festival, joining us to sing the Verdi Requiem.