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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💜We celebrated International Women’s Day

FIFTY SHADES OF PURPLE – well, more like 100!

March 8th is International Women’s Day and this year, for the first time, the Ladies hosted a musical celebration to mark the event. They were joined by Mevagissey Ladies Choir who were invited following our visit to them last year in the beautiful St Goran church.

They were also joined by the wonderful ladies barbershop chorus Celtic Chords – their current MD, Isabel Austin, sings with our choir. The Kenwyn Quartet also came along to play in the finale.                                              The soloists were soprano  Simone Hellier and ‘cellist  Becky McGlade, both talented and engaging musicians and all the performers received a warm response from the capacity audience.

The Ladies were joined by Sarah Newton MP

The purpose of the concert was to celebrate the lives of inspiring Cornish women and during the evening narrators Sue Whitmore and Oriel Bennett kept us enlightened and entertained with facts and stories about Mary Kelynak, Emily Hobhouse, Rowena Cade, Suzanna Hext, Esme Page and Anne Glanville. These are all remarkable women, setting us all an example through their achievements, determination and sheer ability to get things done.

Jeannette Preston spoke about the charity Pants Cancers and a very useful amount was raised in the collection.

The colour adopted by International Women’s Day, and worn throughout the world, is purple and Falmouth Methodist Church was beautifully decorated, awash with varying hues worn by performers and audience. This added to the lovely celebratory mood of the evening which was warm, relaxed and buzzing with bonhomie. Sharing a common purpose always brings a genuine feeling of togetherness and, following a grand finale where almost a hundred performers joined to sing “ Let There Be Peace On Earth,” we spilled out to partake of a huge feast and enjoy each other’s company.

This was a memorable event and the Ladies pulled out all the stops, enlisting their menfolk to help, cheerfully undertaking the host of jobs involved, looking resplendent in their purple, singing like angels and proving once again that Stithians Ladies Choir is a force to be reckoned with.

💜Be our guest: Becky McGlade

Becky is becoming a regular at our concerts  – we are building up a lovely repertoire of songs for Ladies Choir with ‘cello solo and she always brings along her beautiful tone and winning smile. We are thrilled that she can be our guest again for International Women’s Day.

Becky McGlade was educated at Tremough, studying piano with Paul Comeau and maths with one of our Choir Ladies! She studied music at Royal Holloway, University of London, and after graduating, returned to Cornwall where she now leads a busy musical life as a ‘cellist, composer, and piano and ‘cello teacher. She performs regularly with various orchestras and ensembles including the ‘Classical Strings Trio’ and the cello quartet ‘Cello Cornwall’. Becky developed a love of singing at an early age and her interest in sacred choral music grew during her time as a member of the Royal Holloway Chapel Choir. She now composes mainly choral music and draws much of her inspiration from her Christian faith. Her works include psalm settings, carols, and settings of other texts, both biblical and secular.

 Becky has also written numerous songs and works for string ensembles and many of her compositions have been performed at local venues. Her carol Clouded with Snow was recorded by the ensemble ‘The Queen’s Six’ and In The Bleak Midwinter was recorded by Truro Cathedral Choir and has been played on BBC Radio 3. Here is an excerpt …

Visit her website:  www.rmcglade.com

💜Come and join us and don’t forget to wear something purple!💜