An Italian choir will be spending a festive weekend in Chester next week as part of an exchange trip with the city’s A Handbag of Harmonies.

A Handbag of Harmonies enjoyed a sell out tour of venues in northern Italy in May as they were hosted by Il Coro Calycanthus from Treviglio near Milan.

The Chester choir have now been busily preparing a warm Chester welcome for the choir as they travel to the city at the beginning of December to perform.

Musical director Matt Baker said “We had such an amazing time in Italy. We were treated like royalty everywhere we went and our performances went down a storm. We are working hard to ensure the Italian choir have a very warm welcome to our beautiful city, and what better time than this magical time of year when Chester really looks wonderful.”

Il Coro Calycanthus di Treviglio visit Chester for a return exchange with A Handbag of Harmonies Choir December 4-8

The choir are preparing a festive welcome at St Mary’s Creative Space on Saturday, December 5 before enjoying enjoy a day out in Liverpool on the Sunday.

A joint performance with A Handbag of Harmonies, will take place at the Town Hall on Sunday, December 6 for the VSO.

Matt added “I am looking forward to putting the choir through their paces on the Monday with a singing workshop before they have chance to enjoy Chester ahead of their own concert that evening at St Werburgh’s Church.”

Tickets are available for both concerts.

Matt concludes “I hope the people of Chester come and support the Italian choir, so that they feel as welcome as we felt in Italy earlier this year.”

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