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Ferry harmonious

[ November 18, 2019   //   ]

It was church music rather than sea shanties for the P&O Ferries’ Choir when they performed at the “Les Rêves de Notre Dame” concert in Calais on 9 November. Around 700 people packed into Notre Dame Church to hear the choir, originally formed by crewmembers and shore staff at the ferry operator and led by famous Soprano Hilary Campbell.

The choir has its origins in the BBC TV show “The Choir: Sing While You Work”, which featured five corporate choirs competing against one another for the title of ‘Workplace Choir of the Year’, which the P&O Ferries’ choir finally won.

In the past few years, the choir has gone on tour, performing to a London audience of 45,000 at Susan Boyle’s Tour, at Leeds and Dover Castle, or more recently in New York’s Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. The choir has also recorded several albums including classical pieces of Mozart and Bruckner, gospel, pop and Irish folk music.