SINGERS from Huddersfield Choral Society arrived in Reims last night for a performance in a major music festival in the French town.
Three coaches left Huddersfield at 6am yesterday carrying just part of a 200-strong Huddersfield contingent to France.
Of those, 141 singers will appear tomorrow in the 13th century Basilica of Saint-Remy to sing Rachmaninov's Vespers and Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb.
The Basilica is one of the key venues in a festival that is offering more than 100 concerts in and around the historic city.
The trip is the first overseas venture by the Choral in 13 years, and society officials have worked hard to solve the logistics of such a big Continental venture.
Yesterday the three coaches took 12 hours to make the crossing via Dover and Calais to Reims.
Other choir members and friends travelled independently by car or train.
Today, after a drive through the Champagne region around Epernay, the choir was due to get down to work in rehearsal.
Tomorrow the Choral will sing the 50-minute long Vespers unaccompanied.
The Rachmaninov has been described by conductor Martyn Brabbins as a once in a lifetime experience.