Before we get into what our choristers got up to on Day 4 – we’d like to share some info for those keen to tune into the Centenary of the Battle of Hamel service this Wednesday.
EDIT ON WAYS TO TUNE INTO THE CENTENARY OF THE BATTLE OF HAMEL SERVICE ON WEDNESDAY 4 JULY 2018:
Now … to Day 4.
On Sunday our choristers woke up in Bailleul and said goodbye to the locals.
Upon departure, chorister Oli said there was one local the group were tempted to take with them.
“We met a puppy called ‘Oli’ which people were all too happy to replace me with!” he said.
The group then drove to Halloy-lès-Pernois for a service at the British Cemetery where the choir learnt about how there are 403 Commonwealth burials, with 17 Germans laid to rest at the site.
After the service, the group walked to the town where there was a big festival showcasing vintage cars, bikes and tractors.
The group was then provided a sumptuous lunch by the community, with ciders, beers and wine. Our choristers only had a drink or two, as there was still lots of work on for the day.
Next, it was rehearsal time with the Australian Army Band at MegaCite as the countdown begins to Wednesday’s Centenary of the Battle of Hamel service.
And before long it was back on the bus to return to Halloy-lès-Pernois for a ceremony and concert in the beautiful town church, where the acoustics were marvellous.
With the concert over, marking the end to a massive day, the group journeyed to Amiens where they’ll stay for the next few nights.
Some grabbed local food and sat by the river to watch the sun set at 11pm.
Today (Monday) the group is visiting the Sir John Monash Centre at the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, which an incredibly apt stop, as it was Sir Monash who led the Australians and the allies to victory at Hamel almost 100 years ago.
They’ll rehearse at Le Hamel, Australian Corps Memorial and perform to the locals at Amiens Cathedral in the early evening.
We look forward to sharing what they discover.
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