Ely’s Sing! Choirs visit Ribe, Denmark for five days of music

Members of Sing! Choirs enjoying the sunshine in Ribe, Denmark.

Members of Sing! Choirs enjoying the sunshine in Ribe, Denmark. - Credit: Archant

More than sixty Sing! Choirs vocalists boarded a plane to Ribe in Denmark, which is twinned with Ely in Cambridgeshire, for five days of singing.

Kathryn Rowland, Sing! Choirs musical director, with flowers.

Kathryn Rowland, Sing! Choirs musical director, with flowers. - Credit: Archant

The trip came about after Kathryn Rowland, Sing! Choirs musical director, took the group to perform at The Maltings as part of the Ely-Ribe Twinning Committees Celebration weekend in May 2015.

More than a year later, 67 members jetted to Billund, Denmark to perform and meet other like-minded singers.

Over five days the choir performed in St Catherine’s Church, to an audience of over 120 holiday makers at Ride Camping and at the Immigration and Refugee Centre in Hviding.

Signpost to Ely from Ribe, Denmark

Signpost to Ely from Ribe, Denmark - Credit: Archant

They also sang with local choir Sing’n Swing – together more than 100 voices sang to a sell-out audience.


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Mrs Rowland said: “Of all the performances the one that will stay with me most is the one at the Immigration and Refugee Centre - words from the songs took on such different meanings when we sang here.

“Speaking to the refugees after and realising the small difference we had made in what are very complicated and desperate situations they are in.

The choirs rehearsing together.

The choirs rehearsing together. - Credit: Archant

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“The images drawn by the children moved many choir members to tears, and I loved Ribe – it’s such a lovely place.

“We were so welcomed and I am so pleased that we have so many new Danish friends in a town that is celebrating 60 years of twinning with Ely.”

For more information about Sing! Choirs email kathryn@singchoirs.com or visit www.singchoirs.com

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