Paris Tour 2015

(Page updated 14th March 2015.)

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Paris tour 8th – 12th April 2015.

Arrangements for the tour are now finalised.

The itinerary is as follows:

Wednesday 8th April 

08.45 – 09.00hrs Coach travellers assemble at pick up point alongside Birmingham Town Hall

09.00 – 09.30hrs Baggage loading and boarding
09.30hrs Coaches depart promptly. No stops en-route but toilet on board

12.00/12.30hrs Coaches arrive St Pancras.
NB: A good time margin has been allowed in case of delays – there should be plenty of time at St Pancras for lunch/refreshments.

13.30hrs All assemble at Eurostar Departure Terminal for check-in
14.31 – 17.47hrs St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord
17.50 – 18.10hrs Transfer to coaches

18.50hrs Estimated arrival at –
Hotel Ibis Bercy Villages
19 Place des Vins de France
75012 Paris
Tel +33(0)1.49.28.06.30

Nearest Metro is Cour St Emilion – line 14

Evening free

Thursday 9th April
Breakfast is a self-service unlimited ‘gourmet’ buffet so everybody should find something that fits their dietary requirements.

Morning free

14.15hrs Assemble at front steps/portico area –
Eglise de la Madeleine
Place de la Madeleine
75008 Paris

Nearest Metro is Madeleine – lines 8; 12; 14

14.30 – 15.45hrs Rehearsal.
NB: Please note that there is limited time for this rehearsal. We may need to put chairs out etc before we start and we do not have ‘access’ to start setting-up before 14.30hrs. Please assist by facilitating whatever arrangements are necessary as quickly (and quietly) as possible. Paul Carr will be familiarising himself with the organ during the setting-up and the church is likely to be open to visitors during this time.

16.00 – 17.00 Concert – part of weekday series – see programme below.
Evening free

 

Friday 10th April
Morning and early afternoon free

16.45hrs Assemble outside west door
Abbaye St Germain des Pres
Place St Germain des Pres
75006 Paris

Nearest Metro is St Germain des Pres – line 4

17.00 – 18.30hrs Rehearsal
NB There is a concert by a German choir from 16.00-17.00hrs, so again, please be ready to assist with any setting up and seating etc. in the performance area as soon as it becomes available after the previous concert.

20.00hrs Re-assemble at the Abbey
N.B. there is a Mass in the Abbey at 19.00hrs.

20.30 – 22.00hrs Concert – see programme below

22.00hrs Return to hotel by coaches

 

Saturday 11th April
Morning free

13.45hrs Assemble at Notre Dame Cathedral (exact location to be advised)

Nearest Metro is Cite – line 4

14.00 – 15.30hrs Rehearsal

Remainder of the day free

Sunday 12th April

08.30 – 09.30hrs Hotel check-out
09.00hrs Coach available for luggage loading
10.00hrs Coach departs for Notre Dame. Coach drop off point is Quai de l’Archeveche, a few minutes’ walk from ND.

11.00hrs Assemble at agreed point (to be advised) at Notre Dame
11.30 – 12.35hrs Participation in sung International Mass at Notre Dame

13.30hrs Coach departs from Quai de l’Archeveche for Gare du Nord
14.15hrs Assemble at Eurostar terminal Gare du Nord
15.13 – 16.39hrs Eurostar – Gare du Nord to St Pancras
16.40 – 17.15hrs Transfer to coaches (in London)
17.15hrs Coaches depart for Birmingham
20.15hrs Estimated arrival at Birmingham Town Hall

MUSIC PROGRAMME

Adrian Lucas – conductor
Paul Carr – organ

16.00hrs Thursday 9th April 2015 – Eglise de La Madeleine
O Clap your Hands – Gibbons
Kyrie – Mendelssohn
Organ: Impromptu from Pièces de Fantaisie – Vierne
Mass in G Minor – Vaughan Williams
Organ: Allegro giocoso: from Seven Improvisations – Saint-Saëns
Te Deum in C – Britten
Lord of the Dance – arr Willcocks

20.30hrs Friday 10th April 2015 – Abbaye St Germain des Pres
Te Deum in C – Britten
Christus Resurgens – Philips
Sanctus – Mendelssohn
Organ: Pièce d’Orgue BWV 572  – Bach
Mass in G Minor  – Vaughan Williams
Organ: Choral Song and Fugue – SS Wesley
Ecce Ancilla Domini – Drayton
In Exitu Israel – S Wesley
Lord of the Dance – arr Willcocks

11.30hrs Sunday 12th April 2015 – International Mass – Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris
Introit: Ecce Ancilla Domini – Drayton
Mass: Sanctus – Mass in G minor – Vaughan Williams
Agnus Dei – Mass in G minor – Vaughan Williams
Motet: Christus Resurgens – Philips

Choir dress:
Ladies – normal concert dress
Men – black open neck shirts and black trousers.
Black shoes

N.B. please note:
• choir stage etiquette applies to all events
• choir folders must be used
• all rehearsals must be attended
• there are likely to be limited changing facilities at the venues.

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Travel Insurance
The following is the travel insurance policy relating to the tour organiser, Onestage, which you may wish to read.

ONESTAGE EUROPEAN TRAVEL POLICY

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The project is being led by Gwyn Williams (2nd Bass) willieg@globalnet.co.uk

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