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Choirs Sing For Their Supper

Restaurant and café owners are being urged to help feed choral singers from all over the world when they visit Coventry next month.

Free food is needed to stop the choirs singing in the International Church Music Festival, which is being held in Coventry Cathedral, from going hungry.

Some of the choirs have been given scholarships to enable them to make the trip to the festival, which is held in the city every two years.

The choirs from Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria and India are hosted by local families during their stay, but budget constraints mean that extra help is required to feed them. 

One city centre eaterie - Brown's Café Bar in Earl Street - has already kindly agreed to help feed the choirs, but more places are still needed for the three-day stay from 22-25 June.

Festival co-ordinator Claire Monks said the meals would be taken early evening, 5.30-6.30pm, so would still leave businesses plenty of time to serve regular customers.

She added:

"The scholarship choirs form an integral part of the festival, performing several community concerts while they're here, but they rely on the generosity of the community and local businesses to sustain them during their stay." 

"It's great that Browns are donating meals and hopefully more restaurants will follow their example.

“We are always really grateful for any help we can get and will give four free concert tickets to anyone able to assist."

The festival, which runs from 21-24 June, features more than 800 musicians from around the world in three main concerts and some smaller community concerts.

The main concerts are two International evenings and a Gala Concert, which will be filmed for BBC's Songs of Praise.

The scholarship choirs will also be involved in school concerts and free open-air concerts in Broadgate.

Anyone interested in helping the choirs should contact Claire Monks, Festival Co-ordinator on 024 7626 7031.

Tickets for all the concerts can be purchased from Coventry Cathedral Bookshop 024 7625 1509 and Warwick and Leamington Box Office 01926 496277.

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