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Michigan choir's 4 July serenade for Pedigree in famous Union rooms

Added: Wednesday, July 4th 2012

Where better to celebrate the Fourth of July than Marston’s celebrated Union Rooms in Burton-on-Trent? The 50-strong Langsford Men’s Chorus from Michigan in the United States, visited Marston’s during their 12-day tour of Britain and they were so inspired that they burst in to song.

The chorus is performing in Edinburgh, Stratford-upon-Avon and Llangollen and they stopped off for a fund-raising concert in Barton under Needwood in Staffordshire for St Giles’ Hospice. While they were in the area they decided to visit a famous local attraction.

The splendid acoustics of the Burton Union Room at Marston’s, against the backdrop of slowly fermenting beer, inspired the choir to serenade Pedigree with several folk songs, the American national anthem and their own interpretation of God Save the Queen:


Founded in 1999 by Harry Langsford, the chorus sings a wide repertoire of concert music, including classical, modern, American spirituals, folk songs and sea shanties. Monte Jahnke, a retired lawyer and vice president of the group, said: “We’re a very social group and enjoy our beer back in the U.S., so it seemed appropriate to seek out a brewery while we’re in the UK. We’ve been very impressed with the reception from the brewery and the wonderfully unique method of fermentation in oak barrels.

“What better way to celebrate our national holiday?”

The group, which ranges in age from 23 to 76 years, also visited cooper Mark Newton before enjoying a trip on a Marston’s vintage lorry.