IT was business and pleasure yesterday for Huddersfield Choral Society as they settled into the heart of France's champagne country.
The Choral is in Reims to sing at the town's prestigious music festival in its first trip to Europe in 13 years.
Yesterday many singers took the morning off to tour the area, home to one of the world's finest tipples.
After their morning drive through Epernay, the singers arrived to find the major champagne houses closed for lunch.
They spent two hours in rehearsal prior to tonight's concert in the Basilica de St-Remy.
Conductor Martyn Brabbins greeted his singers by saying that he had never seen them looking so colourful or seen so many legs.
He could have been talking about the chorusmaster Joseph Cullen, who despite heavy downpours both in Dover and Reims, has stalwartly worn shorts since leaving Huddersfield.
Last night the Basilica hosted a performance by the celebrated opera diva Monserrat Caballe.
If yesterday's rehearsal is anything to go by, the Choral's performance of Rachmaninov's Vespers could be one worth breaking out the champagne.