‘Les enfants de l‘espoir’ (Besancon, France)

Saturday 5th July 2008 at 8 pm

The Youth Choir LES ENFANTS DE L’ESPOIR from Besancon in eastern France visited West Byfleet the first weekend of July 2008 as the first stage of their first-ever UK concert tour.

This well-traveled group of young singers has already visited 25 countries on four continents and in 2007 celebrated 25 years of music and 20 years of its unique child sponsorship programme. Donations received at the choir’s concerts have funded the education of over 1000 children worldwide who might otherwise have become victims of the worst form of exploitation. In all, almost £600,000 has been raised over the years (this equates to around £500 each and every week).

During the weekend the choir sang a concert on the Saturday evening, raising over £600 for the child sponsorship programme. Members of the choir also joined the congregation of our 10 am Parish Eucharist which finished with an improvisation by the choir’s coach driver who just happened to be an organist! The weekend ended with Choral Evensong with our own choir singing the canticles, before being joined by the Besancon choir for a memorable performance of ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’ by Faure.

The choir continued their UK tour with venues including Southend-on-Sea, Huddersfield and Salisbury Cathedral.