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Latvia Tours

In 2011 Con Brio completed a second very successful tour of Latvia accompanied by the Westwood String Quartet. They performed three concerts in the Bauska area before taking a well earned break for sightseeing in Riga.

Their first tour was held in August 2009 when 45 members of Con Brio, with Musical Director Shirley Smith and Lisa Clarke, accompanist, travelled to Bauska in southern Latvia for a cultural visit.Con Brio in Latvia


Their first concert was held in the village of Vecumnieki and also featured local musicians Mara Lagzdina and Liga Karpinska on piano and cello. The audience were very appreciative of their efforts and presented them with a gift of bread, baked especially for the occasion





Mersrags Church


An early start on Sunday was necessary to go to the village of Mersrags on the coast to sing during the church service; although small the church rang to the sound of the voices with some of the hymns being sung in Latvian and English. Church members provided lunch and the fine weather allowed this to be taken al fresco.





A concert in the Cultural Centre followed a visit to the beach and then a boat trip out into the Baltic was taken in warm sunshine.

Con Brio in Mersrags Boat trip on the Baltic

A major feature of the tour was a visit to the village of Stelpe where hosts for the trip Roger and Valerie Hazelden now live. Roger and Valerie take an interest in the school and were keen for the choir to visit and share their music with the local people. A group of pupils entertained with two traditional folk dances and Sabine Mikalone enchanted the audience with her performance on the Latvian instrument the kokle. In the evening a barbecue was laid on by Roger and Valerie which allowed the choir time to relax and enjoy the long summer evenings of northern Europe.

Saine Mikalone on the KokleLatvian children dancing

Thanks were given to those who had worked hard to organise the trip and Roger and Valerie were presented with a decorative table cloth to mark the choir’s appreciation of their efforts.