Tour of Krakow, Poland, 6-11th June 2019

Wessex participated in the 10th International Krakow Choir Festival, together with choirs from Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Lithuania, USA, Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, Norway, England, and Wales.

Wessex were also triumphant in the competitive festival, taking first place in both the Male Choir and Senior Choir categories against stiff international competition.

This feat was made even more remarkable as we were sadly unable to take our Musical Director Rhiannon Williams to Poland and so principal accompanist Tom Graff and Tenor Section leader Grahame Jones jointly picked up the baton to lead the choir to success. This was the first time Tom, a highly accomplished concert pianist in his own right, had conducted the choir at this level.

Preparing to leave our hotel for a concert.

Performing at the competition.

Relaxing before the concert at the Piarist Church, Krakow.

Performing in the cool surroundings of the world famous Wieliczka salt mine 160 meters underground while taking in a tour of this world heritage site.

At our final concert in the stunning 17th Century Piarist Church, we received a standing ovation from the audience after singing a heartfelt rendition of Dan Forest’s ‘And Can It Be’ and ‘Io Resto Qui, Addio!’ by Georgio Susana. According to one of the organisers of the festival, we are the only visiting choir to have ever received this honour.

Enjoying dinner (and a few drinks) on the final night of the Tour!