Choir prepares for its tour of France

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A choir is warming up for its tour of France by giving a concert in Wellingborough.

The New England Chorale will be at St Barnabas Church at 7.30pm on Saturday, June 28, presenting music for chamber choir, duets, solos and some barbershop.

The choir, which has given two concerts at the church previously, is conducted by Wellingborough-based musical director and vocal coach Phillip Gilbert. The singers have been perfecting their French for pieces by Fauré, Poulenc and Villette in preparation for a Grand Tour of Normandy next month, having been invited to return after previously wowing French audiences in Caen and Rouen cathedrals and appearing on French TV.

Most of the choir members live in Northamptonshire and Leicestershire. The name New England Chorale originates from Mr Gilbert’s interest in American music and the choir is preparing to record some of this repertoire soon.

Alleluia, the famous piece by American composer Randall Thompson, will be performed in the programme at St Barnabas, along with English, Irish, Italian and French works. Tickets cost £10 for adults, children free, and are available on the door, by calling 01933 226730 or emailing