Published on 9th September 2014

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The Cheltenham Bach Choir and the Göttingen Stadtkantorei are combining once again to present a great choral work at Cheltenham Town Hall on Saturday 8 November at 7.30pm.

The massed voices will number some one hundred and fifty singers and will be conducted by Dr. Bernd Eberhardt, the Stadtkantorei’s musical director. The choirs will sing the Latin text of Beethoven’s magnificent Missa Solemnis
The Cheltenham Bach Choir has been twinned with the Göttingen Stadtkantorei (Town Choir) from Cheltenham’s German twin town since 1971.
John Bristol, chairman of the Cheltenham Bach Choir, said “The Cheltenham Bach Choir is absolutely delighted to be performing with the Stadtkantorei. There are longstanding links between these two choirs and we have exchanges every two or three years, which are important events in our choir’s programme.
“We’re delighted to welcome the Göttingen Stadtkantorei back to Cheltenham. On the last visit of the Göttingen choir, we performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Tewkesbury Abbey. We hope many people will be inspired by memories of that fine concert to come and support us on 8th November. They will not be disappointed.”
The visitors, who are in Cheltenham from 4-9 November, will also have time to explore their twin town with a guided tour and a welcome reception with the Mayor, Councillor Simon Wheeler.
Cheltenham has been twinned with Göttingen in Lower Saxony since 1951 and this visit is one of many well established links that exist between the two towns. 
Councillor Garth Barnes, chairman of Cheltenham Twinning Association, said: ’’I am delighted that the two choirs from Göttingen and Cheltenham have forged such a superb relationship that has enabled them to perform at the highest standard together. This shows twinning at a cultural and personal level that brings much enjoyment and lasting friendships to many.’’

Ticket prices range from £10 to £30 and are available from Cheltenham Town Hall’s website.


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