Long-distance interest

02 November 2006

WHEN DID you last hop in a plane, fly across Europe for a church service you fancied, have lunch, and fly back again?

That is what a couple from Salzburg recently did. On the Saturday they read on Southwell Minster’s website that, on the Sunday, the Minster choir was singing Byrd’s four-part mass, plus a couple of motets. (“Nothing out of the ordinary,” says Simon Bell, the assistant organist). They booked a flight to Coventry, hired a car and came. It was a rare compliment to the choir (pictured with their choirmaster, Paul Hale).

The Minster choristers have recently formed a special relationship with those of Lund Cathedral in Sweden. Swedish boys came to spend a few days singing at Southwell, and the English boys will soon be making a return visit.

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