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Abbey Boy's and Men's Choir - Celebrating 70 years of twinning of Bath with Alkmaar


Join us for an hour of choral music sung by the Abbey Boy's and Men's Choir in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the twinning of Bath with Alkmaar in The Netherlands.

This friendship between the two cities goes back to the latter part of the Second World War when food parcels were sent from Bath to help the starving families in Alkmaar.

The Abbey Boys’ and Men’s Choir have been invited to perform as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations and will be touring the Netherlands, performing three concerts in Dodrecht, Gouda and at Alkmaar. The tour, in early May, coincides with Dutch Remembrance Day and Liberation Day.

The choir’s programme will feature specially chosen items (including Ireland’s Greater love, Holst’s Turn back o man and Harris’s Holy is the true light) to commemorate the sacrifices made to liberate the Netherlands. The choir will also sing works from the past five centuries with pieces by Byrd, Tallis, Stanford and Mendelssohn.

If you would like to hear the choir sing a preview of the tour concerts please come and hear us sing on Bank Holiday Monday, May 1st at 2.00pm in the Abbey.

Concert free, no tickets required. Admission to the Abbey, usual donation at the door.

May 1st and Tour programme

O nata lux Tallis                                     

Kyrie, Sanctus and Benedictus  

Mass for Four Voices  Byrd                                      

Hosanna to the Son of David Weelkes                             

How lovely are the messengers  Mendelssohn                   

Turn back o man Holst                                                     

God so loved the world Stainer                                 

Greater love Ireland                                 

Organ Solo c5

For lo, I raise up  Stanford                             

Holy is the true light  Harris                                   

Evening Hymn  Balfour-Gardiner             

Insanae et vanae  Haydn                                  

Let all mortal flesh  Bairstow                             

Te Deum in B flat  Stanford