Donaghadee Male Voice Choir -"Cantate Barcelona, one of the best Festivals ever experienced"

The choir has just returned from the XI Cantate Barcelona, attended by choirs from Norway, France, Denmark, and England, together with local choirs from the Catalonia region. Donaghadee MVC had the wonderful experience of singing to packed venues including the Teatre Municipal in Blanes, the Palau du Congressos in Girona, The Poble Espanyol de Montjuic in Barcelona,  and Iglesia De Sant Roma in Lloret. These were four magnificent concerts which were very warmly received by large and enthusiastic Catalan audiences who were totally spellbound by the “Donaghadee Sound”, and were particularly moved by the ‘Dee’s singing of “Danny Boy”. 
During the visit to the Festival there was opportunity to take in a bit of sight-seeing, including a short tour of Barcelona, and visits to the Bodegas Torres winery outside Villafranca, the Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres, and the coastal town of Tossa de Mar. 
But if there was to be a highlight of the tour it must be the visit to the Santa Maria Monastery at Montserrat, dating back to the 9th century, where the men from the ‘Dee had the privilege of singing in the simply magnificent Basilica at a lunchtime concert with the world-famous Montserrat Boys’ Choir. DMVC was the only choir from the festival to be accorded that honour.  It was an unforgettable experience in front of an estimated audience of 1,500 - one of the biggest audiences for which he choir has ever performed.
At the close of the festival all the participating choirs held a final concert in Girona, where each choir sang 2 pieces from their repertoire. This was followed by an unforgettable Gala Dinner for all choirs where many more songs were heard from each choir - impromptu and representative of each country.
Musical Director Robert Wilson MBE summed up the visit “The Cantate Barcelona Festival has been one of the best that Donaghadee Male Voice Choir has ever experienced. The audiences were amazing, the hospitality was second-to-none, and the festival organisers were top-drawer We all had the most enjoyable and memorable time in Catalonia, and the reputation of the choir has once again been enhanced beyond these shores”

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