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St Monans Community Choir during their trip to Serbia
St Monans Community Choir during their trip to Serbia

St MONANS Community Choir swapped the sea views of the East Neuk for the sights of Serbia during its third foreign trip last month.

Members of the group travelled to the Serbian capital Belgrade, where they started their short tour of the Balkan country.

The trip was a new experience for the majority of the members who had never visited Serbia before.

Brian Craib, choir director, said: “The emphasis was on Scottish traditional music, dance, poetry and national dress.”

During their first concert in Belgrade, they were delighted to have the British Ambassador in the audience, as well as a Fife local, from Dunfermline, who has stayed in the city for the last 12 years.

After exploring the capital, including the Danube fortress Kalemegdan, the members travelled to the village of Cerevic, to the west of the city of Novi Sad, the location for their second concert at the city’s Cultural Centre.

There they shared the stage with a large ensemble of folk-music and dance specialists from the local university, and treated the audience to a rendition of a traditional Serbian song, “The Danube Flows Gently”. It proved so popular, a video of the performance appeared on Facebook an hour later!

Commenting on the group’s trip, Brian said: “It can safely be said that all members were overwhelmed by the warmth, amicability and hospitality we received everywhere.”