Three Counties Tour 2022
King’s Lynn (Norfolk) Wisbech (Cambridgeshire) Boston (Lincolnshire)
Another successful Tour – King’s Lynn and Wisbech:
Chris says: ‘They (the combined musicians from Trianon and the Anglia Singers) did themselves proud. There was some superb singing and everyone seemed to give it their all and get into the spirit of the music.’
From what I heard from the performers, they seemed to think the same. There was a real joy and vibrancy after each concert, and our voices simply rang around the Minster in King’s Lynn, where the retiring collection raised £120.
The accoustic was very different in the softly furnished Methodist Chapel and this concert had an altogether much more intimate feel, raising £133. The chapel has a beautiful interior, with a curved balcony.
Our third venue, the Church of St. Peter and St Paul in Wisbech is a large urban church, with an Art Deco church hall which is used to support vulnerable families. The money collected at the end of our concert, £229, was earmarked for this project.
All of us, performers and audiences alike enjoyed the variety of music performed. The choir sang pieces from religious, contemporary and show music genres, while the wind trio (Jo, Ruth & Sue) playing ranged from Mozart to jazz, in ensembles and solos. Stephen made Ogden’s Playful Penguins positively skip and slide around each venue as he released them from the organs. He also gave us pieces by Britten and Vaughan Williams.
Appreciation from Wisbech:
We are so grateful to you for putting us on your tour. Wisbech doesn’t often get a look in being so near to Ely, Cambridge and the Norfolk coast!
What a wonderful day we’ve had! It was so lovely to host you all because the concert was an absolute treat!
And from London Road Methodist Church
‘Please come back’
‘It’s a long time since we’ve had a concert of this variety and quality here!’
As usual on these tours, the most heart-warming concert was probably the one organised by Sue and led by Martin in the residential home in King’s Lynn, where we were told that residents who don’t respond to anything generally came alive with the music.
Thanks Gill for organising the hotel and the Riverside restaurant meal, and Jen, Julie & Jan for the in house Saturday tea. It’s also noted that we added to the venues’ coffers by never passing up the chance to eat cake. And there were fish and chip lunches enjoyed at Wells, after a ride on the narrow gauge railway from Wallsingham. Other visits during the five days included Ely, Castle Rising, Oxburgh Hall and Gooderstone Water Gardens.
We came away with a very favourable impression of King’s Lynn. The hotel was very well placed for the busy shopping centre, and other attractions and concert venues were within easy walking distance. We were given an interesting informative walking tour and were entertained to a Civic reception in the Town Hall by the Mayor. The only downside of King’s Lynn? The unfathomable one way traffic system! However, our coach driver Paul from Navigator coaches soon had this worked out.
Adapted lines from the Carousel Selection that we sang sum up the King’s Lynn Tour nicely:
This was a real nice concert tour
And we all had a real good time.