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!
Here at Stithians Ladies Choir we love celebrating good news – the arrival of new family members, new jobs and many of Life’s other milestones. Today is the birthday of esteemed and valued choir member Thelma Rolling. Nobody would believe it but she is 90 years old!
Thelma joined the Choir in 1996 and has thoroughly enjoyed her time as a mainstay of the second alto section. She really looks forward to her Thursday practice nights and is a seasoned performer at concerts – often regaling us with witty anecdotes, reflecting her wicked sense of humour. We believe that Thelma is the first Choir member to celebrate their 90th year with us – let’s hope we can all follow her shining example of drive, determination & dedication.
The Choir has been singing together once again since September & having a wonderful time!
We have finished our Christmas celebrations having shared our music at the Stithians Methodist Church community carol service and later having a lovely mince pie evening just singing for the sheer pleasure of it. We are all off for a break now and restart our practices on January 6th.
Because we are very Covid aware we have moved our practice venue, for the moment, to larger premises. We are now at Carnon Downs Methodist Chapel. Still Thursdays. Still 7.30. Why not come and join us?
HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE CHRISTMAS See you all again next year!
Every single member has been longing to get back to singing after so long apart. Obviously the welfare of everyone is paramount and we will be easing our way back. We are starting with …. A PARTY! 🎈 After all, we have all had at least one Birthday in the last 18 months, so tea, cake and a huge catch-up are essential. This is also an excellent opportunity for new members to join us. So why not come and see what Stithians Ladies Choir is all about?
We will be back to singing the following week, the 9th. Same place, same time.
Here is the third in a series of videos to lift our spirits in challenging times. Stithians Ladies are joined by their friends from Mabe Ladies Choir, soloist Simone Hellier, accompanist Rico Gerber, ‘cellist Becky McGlade and the Saxy Maids.
Let There Be Peace on Earth, written by S and J J Miller and arranged for SSA by Craig Courtney. Recorded on March 8th 2020 at our musical celebration for International Women’s Day.
To help us all through these times when we are unable to sing together, here is another video demonstrating the beautiful sound of Stithians Ladies Choir. This song has been in their repertoire for a couple of years and, compared to other performances, I believe this is the best so far. Enjoy!
Be Thou My Vision – an Irish hymn arranged for SSA by Dan Forrest. Accompaniment by Rico Gerber, piano and Becky McGlade ‘cello. Recorded on March 8th 2020 at the celebration concert for International Women’s Day.
Becky joins us again at this year’s International Women’s Day and has agreed to repeat her performance of “Ladies In Lavender “ Not only is it a beautiful piece for ‘cello and piano but it has to be the most apt title imaginable!
COME AND JOIN US
and don’t forget to wear something purple!
SUNDAY MARCH 8th 7.30 FALMOUTH METHODIST CHURCH SEE YOU THERE!