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Chantilly Twinning V8

Back in the summer,- specifically Friday 30th June till Sunday 1st July, there was an international Choral Festival held in Chantilly, France at which our local Barrisons Choir represented Epsom and Ewell. The festival was a celebration of the close friendships that have been forged through the activities of Epsom and Ewell Town Twinning Association on behalf of the Council and people of Epsom and Ewell with Chantilly with whom we are twinned and with our strong links with Watermael-Boitsfort in Belgium and Uberlingen in Germany, both of whom are twinned with Chantilly. Choirs represented all four towns.

A number of Twinning events between the towns takes place during the course of the year. These include Epsom and Ewell Town Twinning Association participation at a Christmas market in Chantilly to English/French speaking competitions for school children with guest judges from each town. Other cultural, social and educational activities also take place, but whatever they may be they all provide the opportunity for the people of these towns, young and not so young alike, to renew old friendship or to make new ones ensuring that the close ties between the towns continue for many years to come.

As for the Choral Festival itself, the many visitors from Belgium, Germany and the UK were not disappointed as the choirs joined together to provide the town with a wealth and variety of songs from all four countries. As well as the singing, Chantilly organised a variety of social events for the choirs and visitors to the town.

The Choral Festival is held every two years and in 2016 was hosted very successfully by Epsom and Ewell. The Festival was entirely self funded as was our participation in this year’s event in Chantilly. Watch this space for more details of the next International Choral Festival to be held in  2018.