Littlehampton choir joins in show of musical and international harmony

LITTLEHAMPTON'S Edwin James Festival Choir shared the stage with three singing groups from the German twin town of Durmersheim as a symbol of international harmony.

A party of 20 from the choir, with musical director James Rushman, travelled to Durmersheim with a similar number of Littlehampton Twinning Association members for a five-day trip.

The highlight was the concert featuring the four choirs, with Littlehampton's singers joined by the Freundschaft Wurmersheim, the Harmonie Chore and the Kantatenchor Durmersheim.

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The Edwin James Festival Choir performed excerpts from Karl Jenkins' "The Armed Man" and later sang popular songs "I Have a Dream", "You Raise Me Up", "You'll Never Walk Alone", "When the Saints Go Marching in" and "The Streets of London".

United in voice

The evening's finale saw all four choirs united in voice, before receiving rapturous applause for their fine efforts.

Earlier in the evening twinning association chairman David Twinn thanked Durmersheim burgermeister Andreas Augustin and the twinning officials there for the warm welcome given to the Littlehampton party, and gave greetings from new Littlehampton mayor Mark Butler.

The visit also included a group trip to the old town of Durlach, near Karlsruhe, and free time with German host families.


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