The mother and baby whales were last seen joining in the parade of lights in Redruth.
Our choir is joined by its first male!
This is Kim Hanson and her son Curtis and they are both singing in our production of Ocean World in November. Both are experienced singers living in Stithians, although Kim says it is a while since she was part of a choir. She joined Stithians Ladies recently when her son auditioned for a solo part in Ocean World. Curtis in almost 12 and has a beautiful treble voice. He joins choir member Anne-Marie Gillow in a duet between the dolphin and the mother whale and they will be singing this at the concert at Chacewater Church Flower Festival on Friday 11th July and at the Stithians Show evening concert on Monday 14th July. Rehearsals for Ocean World are going very well indeed and we are really looking forward to giving some concert goers a preview of the music.
The choir is delighted to welcome a genuine Stithians lady ( and her talented son! ) into their midst to continue the tradition of excellent singing in the village of Stithians.
Our next concert takes us to the great city of Cardiff, a place the choir has not yet visited. We go as the guests of Cardiff Male Choir for a summer concert entitled “Together in Harmony”
The concert is on Friday 30th May at St Teilo’s Church, Whitchurch.
We certainly relish the prospect of sampling the delights of this great city – the architecture, the sights and sounds and, of course, the shopping!
We really look forward to meeting the gentlemen of this highly regarded Welsh choir and to sharing some fine music with them and their team. We are particularly indebted to their accompanist who agreed to play for us since our dear George will not be with us. No doubt the highlight for us will be singing Trelawny and the Welsh Anthem – singing in Welsh is a newly acquired skill!
Watch this space for an account of our travels …
and if you have never been to Cardiff click here to see what you are missing!
A tribute from this year’s Choir President and Chairman – Peggy Evely.
It was with great sadness that I learned of the sudden death of our accompanist George Smith on Sunday 9th March 2014. George sadly died in his sleep early that morning at his home in Truro, where he lived with his wife Karen.
George was appointed the Choir’s accompanist in the autumn of 2005. For several years prior to that the Ladies’ Choir relied on the help of various accompanists, so, when George agreed to take on this post, we were all delighted to have such an experienced musician in our midst.
George was an accomplished musician who supported “His Ladies” through thick and thin. He sometimes took our rehearsals; he’s conducted the Choir at concerts, arranged music for us and regularly played piano solos at our concerts.
Interacting with us and our MDs in rehearsals was a regular occurrence as he like to give some helpful hints, when he often used his favourite phrases, such as “If you know where I’m coming from”, “Singing from the same hymn sheet” and “if I may interject”. Hearing him say these phrases used to make us smile – knowing we’ll never hear him say these phrases again is almost unbelievable and difficult to comprehend. His last words to us were “Goodnight ladies see you next week”. Sadly for us, next week never came.
George’s love of music was infectious, he was a joy to listen too, he played with such feeling and he gave us all such encouragement. George was a truly humble, caring gentleman; he had a great sense of humour with a deep infectious laugh. George can never be replaced – he will be sorely missed by all of us and everyone who knew him. Thankfully for us, we have some treasured memories, which can never be taken away.
Rest in Peace George – God Bless
It is with great sadness that we note the passing of our treasured friend and accompanist George Smith
Here are some thoughts and memories from members of the choir.
Angeline:- George was very helpful and a great friend. He always said “Thank you my dear”
Anne-Marie:- As soon as I joined the choir I was struck by George’s tremendous passion for music and friendly welcome – this joy was infectious.
Audrey:- He was always smiling and cheerful. He cared about others and really loved “his ladies” I found George was a true gentleman and I will miss him greatly.
Babs: We could always rely on George – he was a great support through thick and thin.
Bea: I only had the privilege of knowing George for one year but during that time we formed a strong musical alliance and “we sang from the same hymn sheet”
Connie: To have George, a wonderful musician, as a dear friend, has been both a joy and a privilege. He will be sorely missed.
Hazel: My abiding memory of George is him sitting with his feet propped up, eating a banana during the break on practice night. Also his booming, joyous laugh when someone said something which tickled him.
Jean: A hard act to follow – such a talent.
Judith: When I became 70 last year, George said “ I’m right behind you”. I’ve always thought that George would make a good Father Christmas.
Lee: I will always remember George saying to the M.D. “Could I make a suggestion, perhaps?”
Liz: He had a lovely smile and a hearty laugh. A wonderful musician who will be missed by all who knew him.
Pat: I shall miss watching and hearing George play. He always put so much feeling and sensitivity into his performances. We will never be able to replace him. God Bless.
Lorna: My best memory of George was that after our concerts he encouragingly said “Well done ladies”
Mollie: I have not been with the choir long. It has been truly lovely to hear George play, to see him smile and to hear his witty comments. God Bless.
Monica: A lovely, gentle man. It was a privilege to know George, albeit for a short time. Listening to him play was a delight and the pleasure he got from his music was obvious.
Margaret: George was always very kind and caring. He was also a great support to our MDs and gave suggestions in a very humble way. His musical knowledge was extensive and his stories will live on in our memories.
Marlene: George was always so kind and his words were “Thank you my dear”
Mary: I think of George in his red waistcoat at Christmas reminding me of a jovial Father Christmas with a lovely smile.
Rachel: My memories of George are of him making himself comfortable during concerts using his walking stick to rest both his legs and his deep, infectious laugh.
Suzanne: George was a true gentleman. When my Mum came to a concert on her birthday he played “Happy Birthday” and got everyone to sing along. She has always remembered this.
Stephanie: Always patient and thoughtful during rehearsals – fantastic sense of humour.
Sylvia: The music in Heaven will improve now that George has arrived!
Ursula: George had many wonderful gifts as a musician and he passed these on to we choir members. We will miss him so much.
Val: George’s best known phrase was “You know where I’m coming from” We would count how many times he said it during practice!
Vivienne: It was a privilege to have known and worked with such a wonderful musician. We have a collection of George-isms to remember him by!