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Background and History

Keyworth Choir’s friendship and association with the choir of Feignies (now called Diapason, which is the French for tuning fork) began in 1985. It came about because our conductor, Colin Russell, thought it seemed logical – and indeed beneficial – to have a musical link with the town of Feignies, which was already twinned with Keyworth. So our first visit to Feignies, in north-eastern France, started on 3 May 1985 with about 20 intrepid choir members making the coach journey and ferry-crossing, to be received most warmly by our French counterparts. The first joint concert was a great success and set the template for all future musical events. Each choir sang its own programme of pieces, then the two choirs united in harmony to perform several chants communs.

This musical exchange soon settled down to a rhythm of annual visits, alternating between England and France, and over the last 30 years many memorable weekends have been spent in making music and socialising together in a wonderful example of entente cordiale – or should that be ‘entente chorale’?