The City of Chester Male Voice Choir will be welcoming some special international guests to their concert later this month as part of their 75th anniversary year.

The Royal Rotte’s Male Voices Choir (Koninklijke Zangvereeniging Rotte’s Mannenkoor) from Rotterdam will be teaming up with the city group for the concert on Satirday, April 30 at St John’s Church in Vicars Lane at 7.30pm.

The Dutch choir began 160 years ago as a choir of well-to-do citizens of Rotterdam. Nowadays, the choir is recruiting its members among all classes of society.

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The choir started under the protection of King Willem III whose daughter Queen Wilhelmina granted the privilege to name itself Royal in 1898. The honorary chairman of the choir is the mayor of Rotterdam.

Members sang at the opening of Rotterdam Cultural Capital 2001, the celebration of the 100th’ birthday of the Witte Huis (White House) and at the opening of the Erasmusbrug in 1996.

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The Rotterdam choir will meet the City of Chester Choir’s vice president the Lord Mayor Councillor Hugo Deynem who will attend the concert with the Lady Mayoress.

Tickets are priced £7 and are available on 01244 349931 or on the door.