After a brief rehearsal in the Cathedral's glorious acoustic, the men were left to their own devices, while the choristers had nap-time in the cool basement vestry. Side note: though it was very sunny and warm outside (nearly 80 degrees F = about 25 degrees C) the cooling effect experienced upon entering the nave in St Philip's was similar to how one feels upon entering a large Cathedral in Spain. Not one of dry air conditioning, but of thick stone, somehow making it the perfect temperature, very much appreciated in the Georgia spring heat.
The dinner served to us by the church was also exceptionally delicious - pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, roasted broccoli, leafy green salad, and coconut cake for pudding. We really have eaten incredibly well on this tour, but the trouser buttons say it is nearly time to go home ... The concert went really well and the church threw us a really wonderful reception after the concert. The New Men sang a couple of tunes; the Choristers enjoyed a bit of fruit and cheese as they politely chatted to fans - before it was then back onto the coach and to bed.
Though we are now back in the UK and hopefully finally sleeping off the last dregs of the jet lag, we can safely say that our tour was so successful in major part because of the hospitality and generosity of the churches that provided us with nourishing meals, friendly hosts, and knowledgeable local tour guides. We are extremely grateful - and we hope to return to America soon!