St Hilary Adventure

Our recent concert with Marazion Apollo Male Choir was a resounding success and took us to a lovely new venue. We had not performed in St Hilary church before and we were really impressed with the unusual interior and the famous acoustic.

The choirs  join together to sing Morte Christe lead by MD Kate Wood-Cattran.

We were really pleased that we had set off early because the coach got stuck in the narrow lane approaching the church and we had to walk the last bit – thank goodness the rain, so overwhelmingly present during the week, had abated and it was not freezing cold!

The standard of singing in this concert was incredibly high with the sweet tones of the Ladies contrasting with the powerful delivery of the Gentlemen and yet blending beautifully for the finale. The Ladies were particularly pleased to be able to present a performance of the gorgeous carol that they recently commissioned from Cornish composer Becky McGlade. They are preparing this stunning piece for Truro Big Sing in the Cathedral on 12th December and, judging by the audience reaction, it is going to sound wonderful.

The evening was rounded off with refreshments prepared by the ladies of St Hilary Church and then we departed for home, but not without a few “big coach in a little lane” issues!    All’s well that ends well!

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A musical gift

Composer Becky McGlade receives the thanks of Stithians Ladies

When the choir was invited to take part in this year’s Truro Big Sing in the cathedral we thought hard about what to sing for this very special occasion. We came up with the idea of a commission from our friend Becky McGlade who often takes part in our concerts as a ‘cellist. She is a skilled musician with an incredible talent as a composer, having written several works which reflect her love of choral singing. Her carol “In The Bleak  Midwinter”, a setting of Christina Rossetti’s words, was originally composed for mixed voices but she kindly agreed to arrange it specially for our choir.
The result is a beautifully crafted piece for women’s voices which has required all the vocal skills the choir can muster. It has been a real challenge for the Ladies to learn but we are thrilled with the results.
Becky came to our regular practice last night to listen to our progress and she was really pleased at the sound. She is pictured above receiving our thanks for the wonderful gift she has given us.

                     Warm thanks to you Becky, Cornish Composer.

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Devon Delights

The Ladies recently sallied forth to South Brent to sing as guests of the Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir. The venue was the stunning church of St Petroc …

and both choirs sang their hearts out. The Ladies, on this occasion, were conducted by the choir’s deputy Musical Director, Vivienne Nicholas ….

and, although somewhat depleted in numbers, they gave fabulous performances of all their songs, receiving warm appreciation all round. The audience was also treated to solos from accompanist Rico Gerber and Joanna Wood one of the choir’s sopranos. The choir, in return, was treated to a scrumptious supper before they wended their way back over the Tamar.

As an encore the Ladies performed “Together” – a fitting tribute to the sense of belonging that each member feels in this fabulous group of women.

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Double donation

Ever wondered where our concert money goes? Here’s what happened to the proceeds of our July concert at Budock Church, shared with our wonderful young friends The Beatroots.

PICTURED ABOVE Lynne Lees, Community Fundraiser for the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity receives a cheque from treasurer Connie and Chairman Peggy at the regular Thursday night practice. Lynne had a lovely time at our practice and published a video of us in full flow! This donation will go to support the work of The Mermaid Centre.

PICTURED ABOVE A cheque for the Muhaze Mothers of Tanzania was presented to Dr. Sally Amos who is a regular worshipper at Budock Church. Sally worked in Tanzania for many years, helping mothers, especially those coping with the stigma of AIDS. Recently she presented a slide show at church showing the progress of the proposed clinic building and explaining that our donation will go towards the installation of windows. This wonderful charity is supported by Budock Church on a regular basis and Stithians Ladies Choir was honoured to assist on this occasion.

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Our next concert

The Ladies are really looking forward to our next concert – it involves crossing the Tamar! On Saturday September 7th the Choir appears at the stunning  St Petroc’s Church, South Brent ….

as guests of the equally stunning Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir! ….

A trip out of County, wonderful music, gorgeous surroundings and warm companionship – what more could we want? Well – decent weather would help, I suppose. Fingers crossed!

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A celebration of loyalty

After many successful concerts this year the Ladies Choir is having a short summer break and we decided to have a social evening, a get together to celebrate the dedication of some of our longest serving members.

 

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Lee, Margaret, Val, Sylvia, Mary and Pat were given Life Membership and we also recognised the amazing achievement of Founder Members Lorna, Barbara, ( not pictured ) Angeline, Marlene, Pam and Jean who joined the choir in 1966 and are still singing with us!

THANK YOU ALL, WONDERFUL LADIES! … Pictured together with Chairman Peggy and Treasurer Connie. Photos by Peter Asplet

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Beautiful Budock 💜

Last night the Ladies were privileged to share another of their concerts with those delightful young people The Beatroots. We all gathered in the gorgeous setting of St Budock Church on a calm summer evening among the full-blown roses with early evening glimpses over Falmouth Bay. Perfection.

A capacity audience enjoyed a wonderfully varied programme, skilfully held together by compère Aubin de Gruchy. As well as music from the Ladies and The Beatroots they were treated to a beautiful piano solo from accompanist Rico Gerber and a unique, unrehearsed rendition of Together from all the assembled singers!

During the evening representatives from The Mermaid Centre and Muheza Mothers, Tanzania told us about the wonderful work that they do in their respective organisations and how our donations would make a huge difference to a host of deserving people. The ticket money and  the collection  came to a substantial amount and Stithians Ladies Choir has donated £700 to these worthy causes.

The evening was superbly rounded off with scrummy refreshments provided by the generous people of the Church and we all went home thoroughly refreshed in body and soul. Thank you to all those who made this event in Beautiful Budock so successful and memorable in every way.

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The Beatroots Facebook Page is HERE

Their Twitter account is HERE

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Not to be missed!

Stithians Ladies are preparing and wonderful evening of music in the enchanting setting of St Budock Church, Falmouth.They will be joined by those wonderful young musicians The Beatroots, a versatile A Capella group based in Oxford who are giving several performances while they are in Cornwall. Come and see us all at Budock on the 13th, catch The Beatroots at the beautiful National Trust property Trerice on Sunday 14th or at the ever popular Stithians Show on Monday 15th.

The concert is given in support of The Mermaid Centre, Truro and the Tanzanian charity Muheza Mothers and representatives of both organisations will be there to explain their work and how your £5 will make a huge difference.

SEE YOU THERE!

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Another Big Cheque!

Chairman Peggy and Treasurer Connie present a Big Cheque to Mike and Adrian of the M.S. Society South West

At their recent concert at Carnon Downs Chapel Stithians Ladies raised a very useful sum of money which was divided between the chapel regeneration fund and the M.S. Society South West. The cheque was gratefully received and Mike May explained what a difference it would make to the local branch of the Society and its members.

The Choir would like to thank Imerys Mid Cornwall Male Voice Choir for contributing their time and talents towards this magnificent dual fund raising effort. We look forward to the next time we can join together in harmony.

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