The conductor of Builth Wells Male Voice Choir, Luned Jones, with accompanist Ann Bufton at a presentation in the church at Heinsheim near Bad Rappenau, Germany
Builth Wells Male Voice Choir has recently returned from a weekend visit to Bad Rappenau in southern Germany where they were given an overwhelming reception by their hosts. The visit was arranged as a cultural exchange by the twinning associations of Llandrindod Wells and Bad Rappenau. The State Garden Festival – Landesgartenschau – is being held in Bad Rappenau from May to October 2008 and the Choir was enthusiastically received at two well-attended concerts in the Garden Festival.
The choir members were treated to the best German hospitality wherever they went. They took part in an outdoor Sunday morning service in the pretty village of Obergimpern where two local church choirs and a brass band supported them. The service was followed with an excellent barbecue on the village green attended by a large number of the local inhabitants.
A highlight for Builth Wells Male Voice Choir, under the baton of their experienced conductor Luned Jones, was a concert given in an ancient church at Heinsheim, a village on the banks of the river Neckar. The Choir performed a concert of religious music in Welsh and English including a number of new pieces that the choir has learnt for the Thousand Voices Concert at London’s Albert Hall in October.
Days out included guided tours of the Garden Festival, vineyard wine tasting, a boat trip on the Rhine and a visit to the medieval town of Speyer.
One highlight of the exchange was an evening party where entertainment from a local accordion band enabled visitors and hosts to join together in singing and dancing. The choir members are still feeling overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity shown to them by the host families and twinning association in Bad Rappenau. The visit proved a very positive vehicle to create friendship and understanding through the exchange of music and cultural experiences. The choir is particularly indebted to the Llandrindod Wells Twinning Committee that made the exchange possible.