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Swindon-based choir in good voice for international rugby date
THE AWARD-winning Wessex Male Choir spent the weekend singing for England.
The Swindon-based choir sang Swing Low Sweet Chariot as all the members of the 2003 World Cup winners were presented to guests at the official England Rugby World Cup 2003 10-year celebration dinner on Friday.
Then on Saturday they belted out the national anthem with pride as England took to the field for the autumn international against Australia at Twickenham.
Choir chairman Kenneth Bull said the choristers were delighted with the opportunity to sing to the stars and then the fans on Saturday.
He said: “It was a real honour to be asked to sing at such an important occasion. We were proud to represent Swindon at this unique national event.
“We were in fine voice at the match between England and Australia at Twickenham. We entertained the crowd for 20 minutes before the match with numbers including My Way, Angels and The World in Union. “Just before kick-off, we led the singing of the anthems with top recording artist Laura Wright.
“Then at half-time, the choir sang Swing Low Sweet Chariot from the pitch as the 2003 World Cup Team paraded round the ground.”
The match was a dour encounter between two proud rugby nations, but England ran out worthy winners by a margin of 20-13. Having fallen behind in the first half with several missed kicks at goal, England rallied in the second half.
Kenneth said: “It was heard said that Eng-land’s inspiration in the tense closing minutes was Wessex leading the crowd singing from the stands. The guys had a fantastic day out and it was a real privilege to be at the Home of Rugby supporting our team.”
“With a choir mainly from England, but with Welsh, American, Australian and French choristers amongst us, you can imagine the banter on the coach journey was non-stop. Then when we were asked to wear England shirts in the stands, the Welsh guys’ faces in particular were a picture.
“However, it was all in good spirit and the atmosphere in the stadium was brilliant. Even the Aussie fans said how much they enjoyed our live singing.”
The Wessex Male Choir will be holding its annual Christmas concert on December 13 at Holy Rood Church. Tickets are available via their website or from Rob on 01793 813591.
The choir is also looking for new members who would like to taste occasions like Twickenham. Contact the choir via its website or call Tim on 01367 772384 or Nick on 01367 253256. Or turn up at Christ the Servant Church at Abbey Meads at 7.30pm any Tuesday.
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