Kai Schreiber, who represents the mixed choir ConBrio from Solingen, our twin town in Germany, had been in contact to say they would be visiting Blyth. On the Tuesday morning, we greeted them in the council chamber and they surprised us by performing some songs for us. You can see and hear this on the front page on this website. They presented us with a pair of butter knives made in Solingen and engraved with the name of their Bürgermeister Tim Kurzbach. There were 22 singers, plus the conductor and some family members.
On Tuesday evening, there was a concert in St Paul’s Church, Seaton Sluice. Community choir singers from Seaton Valley, Cramlington and Blyth performed first. They practice and perform simply because they enjoy singing. After a short interval for tea and cake the German choir performed. The ConBrio choir had a wide repertoire from choral, folk and pop in both German and English. They are very professional, as you would expect, and everyone enjoyed the performances and they were asked for an encore.