In addition to all those male voices the concert on 14 March will feature the talented Devon-born soprano Héloïse West. She has performed in numerous large scale choral pieces including work by Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Verdi and Poulenc.
The concert is in aid of Budleigh’s Temple Methodist Church Beit Sahour Partnership. As a result of a Holy Land pilgrimage in 1999, and a desire to support a dwindling Palestinian presence, in 2000 the Church entered into a partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church and School in Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank.
Beit Sahour means ‘house of the shepherds’ and is the traditional place where the angel choirs announced to the shepherds the good news of Christ’s birth. It is almost unique in having a 75% Christian population.