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The Boys on Tour! (Northern Europe)
10th -18th February 2012
 

 
 
 

1 coach, 6 adults, 7 concerts, 8 days, 24 boys… and 2803 miles! These are the cold bare facts of the most recent All Saints foreign tour. Of course, the reality is a fabulous, life-changing experience for 24 over-excited, over-tired and now extremely well-rehearsed small boys! Across Europe they quite literally sang for their supper, and the Europeans flocked in their thousands to hear them.
 

 

The first stop was the stunning St Rumbold’s Cathedral in Mechelen (Maline), in Belgium, for an informal Saturday lunchtime recital for the market shoppers. From their position high up in the organ loft, the boys sang to a packed Cathedral. As they wandered back through the cobbled medieval streets, the awesome nature of ‘foreign travel’ was slowly starting to sink in: “I like Belgium. Everybody does things differently. It’s good to see. Although the fish stall still smells.”

From this brief summation of an entire nation, the boys took to their coach once again and drove on to Marburg, our twinned city, where they were to sing at the Sunday morning service. Familiar visitors now to this stunning riverside town, alongside their normal repertoire the boys were also asked to lead the congregation in a

special hymn in six languages; it is perhaps fair to say that some were definitely more recognisable than others! The day closed with a memorable outdoor night-time football match, the boys visible only by the reflections of their high-visibility jackets against the snowy pitch.

 

  

 

 

From Germany, the boys took to the waters once again, as they traversed from mainland Europe to Denmark via the Puttgarden-Rødby ferry. That night the boys sang a concert in the architecturally astonishing Hellig Kors Kirke in Jyllinge, Denmark. This concert saw the first performance in Danish of the newly commissioned bi-lingual anthems from Humphrey Clucas and Adrian Self. As the sun set against a spectacular landscape of snow and frozen lakes, the boys’ voices soared to fill the magnificent concrete and glass Church, as the Danish audience listened enraptured. This was why we had come.

   

 

 
 

On Tuesday, the boys rested; more accurately, on Tuesday the boys had an action-packed day of fun, with scarcely a stop for a breather, let alone a moment of singing. First they ran / climbed / cycled / shouted and peddled their way around Experimentarium – the fantastically well-designed hands-on Science museum, before seeing the main sights of Copenhagen. Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘Little Mermaid’ cut a striking figure against the frozen docks as the ducks slid across the thick ice, but the thickening mists and the start of snow soon had the boys clamouring to return inside once again. Fortunately, Copenhagen is also the home of Lego, and the boys found plenty to tempt them, and pocket money of all denominations was quickly exchanged for rarely found Lego figures or local specialities.
 

 

On Wednesday the boys moved across from Copenhagen, stopping for lunch (and a run on a snowy beach) in a fabulously welcoming Danish family home. The concert that evening was at Haderslev Cathedral, and by now the boys were swift and professional at getting into concert formation, and the concert – again to an absolutely capacity crowd – was ever more polished.

     

On Thursday the boys gave their final Danish performance, in Ribe Cathedral. The concert was slightly late in starting, but only because the organisers were desperately running off more copies of the programmes and pulling out more seats from the deepest recesses, as unprecedented – and clearly unanticipated –
 

   


crowds of people flocked in to hear the British boys sing. Now quite the professionals, the choristers were unfazed by their sudden celebrity status and gave yet another sparkling performance. That afternoon saw a final journey out of Denmark and back into Germany, stopping enroute in Hamburg to pick up a hamburger!
 

   

Friday morning saw a desperate dash out of Germany and into the Netherlands, as the coach driver fought valiantly against his tachometer readings. The first engagement of the day was an informal performance at the European Space Agency in Noorwijk, where the ‘Famous Boys Choir’ was welcomed warmly – thank heavens for Judith Bingham’s haunting little anthem Beneath these Alien stars! Following yet another stellar performance, the boys were then

rewarded for their hard-work with a guided tour around the Space Centre, where they were given a chance to climb aboard and explore a returned shuttle, and watch live agency footage of a rocket launch.
 

 

Their final engagement of the day – and indeed their final performance of the tour – was at the Zoetermeer Oude Kerk. Architecturally not a million miles away from their home church of All Saints, this Church was light-years ahead in audio-visuals, as the boys were filmed from every angle, their performance streaming live on to the website and clearly visible to every concert-goer, as the stream was projected onto seemingly every flat surface in the Church. And it is probably fair to say that many of these concert-goers probably required these visual aids, as the Church was genuinely filled to

capacity – and more. People were standing in the aisles and crouched on the floor as they streamed in and in and in. This last concert was deeply moving, as the boys gave a heartfelt rendition of their by-now deeply familiar concert programme. From the opening phrase of Bach’s inimitable Ich folge dir gleichfalls, through to the rousing finale of Vaughan William’s Let all the World, these great works were now familiar friends to the young choristers, and they poured everything they had – and more – into this final concert, aware that a most spectacular tour was drawing to a fitting close.

 



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