SIXTY members of the Tyndale Choral Society celebrated the end of the Covid-19 regulations with a Grand Summer Reunion Rehearsal in the open air.

Music director Ben Sawyer led the choir in a sing-through of the works originally planned for the choir’s 2020 summer concert, including John Rutter’s Feel the Spirit and Alexander l’Estrange’s Ahoy!

The event was supported by mezzo-soprano soloist Juliette Kernow and accompanist Jo Grieves.

Tyndale chairman Magnus Carter said: “Throughout the pandemic, the choir has only been able to rehearse online via Zoom, which does not allow for ensemble singing, so this was a red-letter day for all of us.

“We found the ideal venue in a field belonging to one of our members, Rosemary Gadd, which ensured we had plenty of space for social distancing.

“Our members have remained loyal during the dark days of Covid, but there is nothing to compare with the joy of raising our voices together in harmony.

“It was lovely to be able to greet old friends face-to-face, and we are looking forward getting back to something like normal in the autumn.

“In the meantime, we are continuing with open-air rehearsals, using the cover of the barn at Breakheart Quarry as a base during the summer.

“We are very hopeful we will be able to give our first concert in almost two years when we sing Haydn’s Nelson Mass in November.”