FLOWERS, applause and a few tears greeted Huddersfield Choral Society's performance in the French city of Reims last night.
Flowers for conductor, chorusmaster and soloists, applause from a large and appreciative festival audience and tears from concert-goers and more than one choir member.
It had, after all, been that sort of evening.
The music, both Benjamin Britten's Rejoice In The Lamb and Rachmaninov's unaccompanied Vespers, was challenging and emotional.
The setting, Reims' 11th century Basilica of Saint-Remi, was stunning.
A platform built beneath the west door gave the choir a backdrop of stained glass windows and soaring stone, lit to give the singers a radiance to match the music.
So prolonged was the applause that conductor Martyn Brabbins marshalled his forces for an encore.
That he chose the particular movement from the Vespers, which he admits is a personal favourite, clearly moved singers and audience.
The almost unbearable beauty of this piece had one elderly Frenchman hastening to thank a choir member.
She said: "He told me his wife had been a singer but was no longer able to sing. Tell your choir, he said, that they were wonderful. And there were tears in his eyes."
There was more than one choir member who admitted to feeling similarly emotional.
Now, they are on their way home.