Stithians Ladies Choir was formed in 1966 by the late Sydney Bowden, who was the Choir Master and Organist at Penmennor Methodist Church, Stithians. At that time there was a membership of 65 and 8 of those founder members are still singing in the Choir today.
At the moment we have about 40 choristers, and the sections are well balanced, however, new members are most welcome. So if you are interested, please see our Join Us page or contact us for further details. Rehearsals take place at 7.30pm on Thursday evenings, at the Band Room, in Stithians.
The Choir is in great demand across Cornwall and Devon and, over the years, has helped raise many thousands of pounds for charity. Programmes are prepared by the MD and careful consideration is given to ensure that the varying musical tastes of audiences are catered for. Modern and traditional music, songs from the shows and all the old favourites are included. These together with arrangements especially written for the choir ensure that there’s something for everyone to enjoy. If you would like to book the choir, please contact us via email – firstname.lastname@example.org or the form on our Contact Us page.
Bea Geddes: Musical Director
Bea’s extensive career as a conductor and musician has included work with choirs, orchestras, bands, choral and operatic societies, both in the field of education and in musical theatre. Since moving to Cornwall thirty years ago she has been involved in many productions and musical events ranging from operas and oratorio to West Side Story and Chess with venues ranging from Truro Cathedral to the Minack Theatre, Trelissick Gardens and the Hall for Cornwall. Bea always enjoys a challenge and is delighted to be working with Stithians Ladies Choir!
Vivienne Nicholas: Deputy Musical Director
At the age of 8, Vivienne started to learn to play the piano. She was also a chorister in the local church choir. At this tender age, her brother challenged her to play a scale on the cornet, this was the beginning of her long association with brass bands Vivienne, was also a member of the St Keverne Young Ladies Choir, and the amateur dramatic group, St Keverne Kaudlers. Once married, she moved to Stithians and joined the ladies choir. She also joined St Stythians Band, where her husband John was already an active member. Vivienne is currently the band’s Deputy MD and when required deputises for their Musical Director. In 1994, Vivienne became the Deputy Musical Director of the Ladies Choir, and during the past few years has stood in as Musical Director, taking us to two consecutive wins at Wall Music Festival in 2012 and 2013.
ACCOMPANIST RICO GERBER
Rico, originally from South Africa, joins us with an enviable reputation as a pianist, composer, accompanist and conductor, both in Cornwall and further afield. We are really looking forward to spending a rewarding time with him and, once again, we are grateful to the Gods of Music who sent him our way!
First Sopranos: Andrea, Audrey, Barbara, Cathy, Connie, Jo, Kaz, Kim, Karen, Jayne, Nicola, Viv.
Second Sopranos: Angeline, Claire, Elaine, Hazel, Jacqui, Marlene, Peggy, Sylvia, Judith.
First Altos: Babs, Dawn, Liz, Sarah, Suzanne, Jane, Lucy.
Second Altos: Isobell, Jenny, Lorna, Mollie, Monica, Pam, Patsy, Penny, Thelma
Quite a few ladies have expressed an interest in joining us when we resume after the enforced break during COVID. The list above will be added to once they have settled in.