Events: 2005 Choir Tour of England & France

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On Friday, July 15, the St. Paul's Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys began their 2005 European tour. After landing at Heathrow, they spent Saturday and part of Sunday in Salisbury experiencing the services of the Cathedral. Sunday evening they took up residence at Exeter Cathedral where they spent the week as choir in residence--singing Evensong weekdays (except for Wednesday) and three services on the following Sunday.

On Monday, July 25, they traveled by bus to Portsmouth from whence they took the ferry to Le Havre. They toured three ancient and historic cities in Normandy, giving a concert in each: Rouen (at the Cathedral), Caen (at the Abbaye ax Hommes), and Bayeux (at the Cathedral. They arrived in Paris on Friday, where they sang three choral services. The first was Saturday evening at Notre Dame Cathedral, the second on Sunday morning at the church of Notre Dame d'Auteuil on the Rue Corot, and the final one on Sunday afternoon at the American Cathedral on Rue Georges V.

On Monday, August 1, the choir returned to London via Calais, where they spent two days sight-seeing. While there they saw the West End production of Chitty Citty Bang Bang. Finally, on Wednesday, they returned to Buffalo.

Below are some photos giving a glimpse of what turned out to be an exciting and very successful tour.

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The choir at Exeter Cathedral Salisbury Cathedral
Boys prepared for Evensong at the Exeter Choir School Lining up for Evensong at Exeter Cathedral Andrew Scanlon at the organ at Exeter Cathedral
Boating on the Exe River, Exeter At Exeter's Maritime Museum Bridge in Bath
Down on the farm Knights Family photo
The Abbey at Caen Lunch at Honfleur Out for a stroll at Caen!
Singing at the American Cemetery in Normandy American cemetery at Normandy Singing in front of Bayeux Cathedral
Rehearsal in the courtyard of the Bayeux B&B Rouen near Joan of Arc Church
The choir at Dartmoor with the Royal Marines On the ferry between Portsmouth and LaHarve The boys at Exeter's Roman walls
Feeding the duck in Paris, France.! Inside the Eye, London The Eye, London
The Close at Salisbury The choir in concert at Caen, France

 

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2005 St. Paul's Cathedral, Buffalo New York