The choir celebrated its 70th Anniversary with a visit to Lisieux, Taunton’s twin town.


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Lisieux is the capital of the Pays d’Auge region of Normandy. Calvados country…..

lisieux map


The Choir visited Lisieux between May 13th and May 16th, performing 2 concerts first at Moyaux, described by our twinning friends in Lisieux as “Un Grand Événement” – visit the twinning update here

We then sang in the Cathédrale Saint Pierre in Lisieux.

Staying either with French hosts or at a fine local hotel the choir and our supporters enjoyed our first foreign engagements, and  visited Honfleur, the Normandy beaches, and a Calvados distillery at Chateau le Breuil


The Basilica Saint Thérèse towers over Lisieux and has made the town the second ranking pilgrimage destination in France after Lourdes. Remarkably the Basilica was only consecrated in 1954 and is one of the most spectacular churches to have been built in the 20th Century. The nave and the mosaic covered walls are already the stuff of legend….we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this amazing building.





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