In 2016 Ian and I traveled to Bagnères-de-Bigorre, France to sing for the giant Sequoia by the Mairie, the town hall. 15 locals joined us in a new experience to sing for their 100 year old Sequoia in their beautiful town in the Pyrenees.
is a spa town newly twinned with Malvern. We made a connection with the
Mayor of Bagnères-de-Bigorre through the twinning committee. The Mayor
was very concerned about "the Old Chap" and had removed a circular bench
around the tree which was damaging his friend. After the event we left a
heart-shaped rock from the Malvern hills in a crevice by the tree.
of the highlights of the event was an octogenarian driving by in his
mobility scooter. He stopped to listen, teared up and told us that this
tree meant a lot to him. He thanked us for singing. Another precious
moment was at the end when a woman came up and sang in full voice the
song Trees by Joyce Kilmer. Her deceased husband was a famous baritone
and it was his favorite song. Her voice touched us all.
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