St Austin’s French tour - choir sing in Notre Dame

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St Austin’s Church choir was given the chance to perform in Notre Dame as part of their latest tour in France.

The choir performed at four churches in the French capital last week.

This trip follows a performance at The Vatican, where the group sang back in 2012.

Patrick Ganley, director of music, said: “It was a hugely enjoyable experience.

“The choir were outstanding throughout and managed to keep the music fresh and alive despite the busy schedule.”

The choir sang music by Palestrina, Victoria, Byrd and Tallis during the tour.

It also gave performances at St Germain des Pres, St Sulpice and St Germain L’Auxerroise churches in the city.

Mr Ganley said: “Signing in such surroundings was a privilege that we will remember for a long time.

“Although the music was magnificent, the tour was also successful as a whole.

“Many friends and relatives came along to support the choir which made the trip a great social event.

“We also received many compliments from the audiences.”

As part of the tour, the choir also sang the Vigil Mass at their final recital at the St Germain L’Auxerroise church.

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