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May 2, 2011

'Missing' Nepalese choir turns up – after three days

The Independent (UK):

Wayward choir Nepalaya Kala Manch reappears

A Nepalese male voice choir, whose disappearance left organisers of a Cornish music festival scratching their heads and sparked a Home Office investigation, was last night finally set to honour its commitment to sing.

The directors of The Cornwall International Male Voice Choir Festival were dismayed when the 10-strong choir failed to meet a minibus they had sent to Heathrow on Tuesday morning, raising concerns that they had "absconded".

It was believed the men could have breached their visas by failing to perform at their first booking, on Thursday night, and the Home Office was informed.

But three days and three missed concerts later, organisers received a mysterious phone call saying the choir, known as Nepalaya Kala Manch, was on its way. Festival organiser David Peters said that he was still in the dark as to where the choir had spent the past three days, but welcomed the blaze of publicity generated by their vanishing act.

"I will advise anyone looking to publicise a festival to lose a Nepalese choir," he said.

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Posted by acapnews at May 2, 2011 10:01 AM


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