Two years after its highly successful tour to the Marburg* area of Germany at the invitation of the Liederkranz-Germania Choir from Ober-Erlenbach, Northampton Male Voice Choir (NMVC) will be playing host to a party of seventy German men and women singers from Ober-Erlenbach and Marburg during their visit to Northampton in June.

The great friendship between NMVC and the German choirs began in 2015 during NMVC’s tour to Exeter when they stayed in the same hotel as the Liederkranz-Germania Choir and shared some impromptu, late night “concerts” in the hotel bar. In 2017 the Liederkranz-Germania choir celebrated its 175th anniversary and invited NMVC to visit them in Germany and join them in their anniversary celebrations.

The German tourists will arrive in Northampton on Thursday 20 June. The next day they will meet the Mayor of Northampton and visit several sites in the area. That evening the German choir(s) will join forces with NMVC to perform at a joint concert in St Giles Church, Northampton starting at 7pm. Tickets for this event are £8 and will be available from NMVC Concert Secretary, David Walsh on

01604 831455: email:

On Saturday the tourists will spend the day in Oxford and in the evening they are scheduled to attend a performance of the Berlioz Requiem performed by Northampton Bach Choir and Orchestra da Camera in St Matthews Church, Kingsley, Northampton

On Sunday NMVC will be hosting a private function to bid farewell to its German friends who will be returning home the next day.

* The Town of Marburg is twinned with Northampton

For further details about Northampton Male Voice Choir and its full concert programme please check out the NMVC website on


(MJB 1 May 2019)