Community choir the Village Singers performed in the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City.

In a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, more than 70 members of the Sutton Benger-based choir, joined another 150 choir members from around the globe for an evening of Sir Karl Jenkins’ music, for the composer’s 75th birthday.

The concert featured the US Premiere of Jenkins’ Symphonic Adiemus, accompanied by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra, conducted by maestro Jonathan Griffiths and with Sir Karl as composer in residence.

Rachel McCorry, musical director for the Village Singers said: "It was an incredible experience for us all. Symphonic Adiemus has been a big part of our life for several months. Meeting Sir Karl himself and performing for him on such a famous and historic stage with a professional orchestra was very special, a real bucket list moment! It’s hard to believe it’s all over and it will be a very hard act to follow."

In addition to formal rehearsals, the singers used the trip as an opportunity for some essential NYC sightseeing and also to flash-mob along the way. In fact, Sir Karl himself commented on the choir’s versatility when entertained at the after-show party by their spontaneous flash-mob rendition of Dolly Parton’s Jolene.

The group recently flash-mobbed the same song at the Whitehall Garden Centre near Lacock, prior to their New York trip.

Since opening in the late 1800s, Carnegie Hall has played host to an incredible line up from Tchaikovsky to Duke Ellington.