The Ladies were invited to sing at The Golden Lion Inn, Stithians to enhance the festivities of their Christmas Market. It was a lovely occasion in a relaxed atmosphere and our mascot, Betty, made her debut appearance!
Here are the Ladies enjoying their break from singing. We were delighted to welcome retired member Lee who delighted everyone with “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree “
Sopranos Viv and Trixie adding a touch of Christmas glamour
All in all everyone enjoyed themselves and we look forward to a return visit next year.
⭐️In other news – we congratulate two of our members who sing in a Barbershop Chorus. Isabell and Kerry took part in the Camborne Music Festival singing with local group Celtic Chords and they won their class with impressive marks. More music making – more happy smiling faces ⭐️
Meet Betty, Stithians Ladies Choir’s latest member. She is named after the Choir’s very first accompanist and was created by the talented Jane Madge from our second soprano section. Betty has yet to have a voice test but we feel she will fit into the Ladies’ shared love of music and laughter.
We were delighted to be invited by Loveny MVC to join them for a concert in the atmospheric St Petroc’s Church in Bodmin, and off we went on a beautiful autumn evening, ready to sing our hearts out.
Most of us travelled on the coach – it’s some time since we all had a trip together ( 2018 to Lostwithiel if I recall correctly ) Luckily all the arrangements went smoothly and we all arrived in a timely manner and raring to go!
Once again we were joined by our good friend composer and ‘cellist Becky McGlade
who joined us in two of our pieces. Being a superb soprano, she also sang with us because one third of the top soprano section was missing. We are really grateful that she spends time with us and shares her talents so willingly and plays our theme tune “Ladies in Lavender” !
We were also joined on this occasion by flautist Dylan Cooper-Waite
who came to our rescue at the last minute. We sang Caccini’s version of Ave Maria which has a lovely flute accompaniment. Unfortunately the Choir member who usually plays that part was not able to be with us and we are incredibly grateful that Dylan was able to step in at such short notice and play so beautifully.
The gentlemen of Loveny MVC were in fine voice
and the fabulous acoustics of this wonderful church enhanced their powerful sound and varied programme. We joined them at the end when they sang Morte Christe – a fine, rousing end to a superb concert in Beautiful Bodmin. We loved performing in St Petroc’s and we thank Loveny Male Voice Choir for their kind invitation – perhaps we can persuade The Boys in Blue to travel West before too long!
A substantial sum was raised by Stithians Ladies Choir and Friends at their concert in September. Pictured are Chairman Peggy and Treasurer Connie on either side of Carole Theobald from iSight Cornwall.
Some of Choir were having a social evening when the photo was taken and the amount donated, in case you cannot read it, was £653.02, which will help iSight Cornwall deliver transport solutions for those who need them. One of our members has also become a volunteer driver and is thoroughly enjoying her new responsibilities.
The splendour of St Petroc’s Church Bodmin will be our venue.
Some of our recently joined members will be experiencing their first concert with us and we will be sharing a lovely, varied programme with some solo verses and featuring our dear friend Becky McGlade on ‘cello.
It will be a super evening of music from two award winning choirs and only £8 entrance payable on the door.
Friday September 2nd was another first for Stithians Ladies Choir. March saw us entering and winning the County Music Festival and now we produced a concert worthy of our award. Carnon Downs Methodist chapel held a large and very appreciative audience as we presented a varied and interesting programme of musical delights, the evening being expertly led by Rev. Liz Harris.
One of our ladies is a member of Carrick Consort, a recorder group who meet locally at Playing Place. They delighted us with a selection of music from a range of composers and eras which was enthusiastically received.
Our other guest, who is now a regular performer at our concerts ( although we last appeared together on 8th March 2020, just before the first lockdown! ) was the soprano Simone Hellier.
Once again she delighted us all with her stunning voice, artistic interpretations and her wonderful connection and musical partnership with pianist Rico Gerber – our very own accompanist.
The choir was really back on form, even though we are now fewer in number and three ladies were not able to be there, the sound was absolutely the Stithians Sound – so flexible when singing a broad variety of songs. We sang three brand new numbers – there may have been a few crossed fingers – but they were perfectly performed and the audience loved them.
As usual we rounded off the evening with scrumptious refreshments and a raffle and a large and very useful sum was raised for iSight Cornwall, the charity’s representative having told us all about the valuable work they do in the County. I believe they even gained a couple of new volunteers which made our efforts even more rewarding.
It was wonderful to be back sharing our love of music and laughter with so many people. Our next concert is on SATURDAY OCTOBER 8th 7.30 at ST PETROC’S, BODMIN as guests of Loveny Male Voice Choir. Maybe we will see you there?
Just when we thought we were on the home straight to a lovely concert … guess who came calling? Monsieur Covid has visited several of our members and their families. So we are having to postpone our concert but IT WILL STILL HAPPEN!
As soon as we can meet together safely we will decided on a new date – hopefully in the near future. Any tickets purchased will still be valid for that date.
We have several concerts planned for this year and our very first will be in a couple if weeks. Our numbers have settled down and we are enjoying the luxury of a Covid-free period of time whilst still being cautious.
The proceeds of this concert will go to support the work of iSight Cornwall, there will be tasty refreshments afterwards and our brilliant line up of guests ensures a fabulous evening of music.
Why not join us? You can pay at the door or get a ticket from any choir member.
Like most choirs we have had a disturbingly empty couple of years. When we eventually got back together we decided that a good way forward, to give ourselves something to aim for, would be to enter the Cornwall Music Festival. Quite a few of our longstanding members had retired, others had reassessed their priorities and we were also blessed with some new members, so the change in the choir was considerable. So it was with great happiness that we entered the class for Ladies Choirs on Friday 18th March with only three choir members missing! Unfortunately we were the only entrants but the Ladies sang their little socks off and thoroughly deserved the Howard Griffin Shield. The adjudicator was fulsome in his praise likening the Ladies’ tone to melted chocolate and warm honey – we were quite hungry by the time he finished!
Our next challenge that evening was to go head to head with the winner of the Male Voice Choir class, City of Truro MVC, for the Choral Championship. This is a very grand title for what proved to be a friendly sing off between two excellent choirs with a lovely atmosphere of mutual admiration and respect. In the end we managed to pip them to the post by the narrowest of margins and came away with an awesome gold cup.
The Ladies were absolutely ecstatic that all their hard work, during very uncertain times, had paid off. Here is a photo of the choir showing the lovely ribbons that we wore to show support for the people of Ukraine.
So … it’s onwards and upwards for Stithians Ladies Choir. We have several concerts planned for later in the year and we will share the details when they are finalised. As with all groups of people there have been huge challenges for the members in the past couple of years but we feel positive and energetic about the future which is obviously GOLDEN!