Beautiful Budock 💜

Last night the Ladies were privileged to share another of their concerts with those delightful young people The Beatroots. We all gathered in the gorgeous setting of St Budock Church on a calm summer evening among the full-blown roses with early evening glimpses over Falmouth Bay. Perfection.

A capacity audience enjoyed a wonderfully varied programme, skilfully held together by compère Aubin de Gruchy. As well as music from the Ladies and The Beatroots they were treated to a beautiful piano solo from accompanist Rico Gerber and a unique, unrehearsed rendition of Together from all the assembled singers!

During the evening representatives from The Mermaid Centre and Muheza Mothers, Tanzania told us about the wonderful work that they do in their respective organisations and how our donations would make a huge difference to a host of deserving people. The ticket money and  the collection  came to a substantial amount and Stithians Ladies Choir has donated £700 to these worthy causes.

The evening was superbly rounded off with scrummy refreshments provided by the generous people of the Church and we all went home thoroughly refreshed in body and soul. Thank you to all those who made this event in Beautiful Budock so successful and memorable in every way.

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The Beatroots Facebook Page is HERE

Their Twitter account is HERE

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Not to be missed!

Stithians Ladies are preparing and wonderful evening of music in the enchanting setting of St Budock Church, Falmouth.They will be joined by those wonderful young musicians The Beatroots, a versatile A Capella group based in Oxford who are giving several performances while they are in Cornwall. Come and see us all at Budock on the 13th, catch The Beatroots at the beautiful National Trust property Trerice on Sunday 14th or at the ever popular Stithians Show on Monday 15th.

The concert is given in support of The Mermaid Centre, Truro and the Tanzanian charity Muheza Mothers and representatives of both organisations will be there to explain their work and how your £5 will make a huge difference.

SEE YOU THERE!

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Another Big Cheque!

Chairman Peggy and Treasurer Connie present a Big Cheque to Mike and Adrian of the M.S. Society South West

At their recent concert at Carnon Downs Chapel Stithians Ladies raised a very useful sum of money which was divided between the chapel regeneration fund and the M.S. Society South West. The cheque was gratefully received and Mike May explained what a difference it would make to the local branch of the Society and its members.

The Choir would like to thank Imerys Mid Cornwall Male Voice Choir for contributing their time and talents towards this magnificent dual fund raising effort. We look forward to the next time we can join together in harmony.

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Didn’t we do well?

Recently Stithians Ladies gave a lovely concert which they shared with Barnstaple Ladies Choir, Rico Gerber and Louie Draycott. The aim, as well as making some excellent music and giving enjoyment to many, was to raise money for the Falmouth Methodist Church Regeneration Fund. And we certainly did! Through ticket sales, donations and a Grand Raffle we were able to present the church with a cheque for £1000.Pictured at our regular Thursday choir practice are representatives from the church, including Wendy McCartney, receiving a Big Cheque from treasurer Connie.

The Choir would like to offer sincere thanks to our guests for giving their time and talents to a wonderful occasion, a worthy cause and a splendid result. Not forgetting, of course, the lovely people from the church who gave so much assistance on the night ( and some truly scrumptious  refreshments! )

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The next concert from Stithians Ladies is at Budock  Church on Saturday July 13th when their guests will be the fabulous A Capella group from Oxford – The Beatroots. We would love to see you there – £5 on the door.

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Introducing our next guests

THE BEATROOTS
Returning to Cornwall for another concert with Stithians Ladies these young singers have become a firm favourite with the choir and our audiences.
A mixed-voice contemporary a cappella group based in Oxford.
Members
Andy Elliott, Christian Munk, Edwina Christie, Emma Ladell-Stuart, Freya Marijatta, Graham Thew, Jackie Thompson, James Throup, Lu Li Jovanoska, Oscar Lyons, Rachel Wood, Richard Marshall.
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well presented, very entertaining, wicked blend… a professional and entertaining performance” Clare Wheeler, The Swingle Singers

Cool arranging, good singing, fun presentation. Awesome!”
Nick Girard, The House Jacks

They will be singing at Budock Church on Saturday July 13th 7.30, appearing at  the National Trust’s Trerice on Sunday 14th and Stithians Show on Monday 15th.

You can find their music on iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube.

 

 

More successful fund raising

Stithians Ladies recently shared a lovely evening if music with Imerys Mid Cornwall Male Choir and raised a sizeable amount for the MS Society and the Carnon Downs Methodist Chapel refurbishment fund.Pictured are choir member Ursula, who is a steward at Carnon Downs Chapel, receiving the cheque from President / treasurer Connie. They are surrounded by representatives of the choir gathering for their Thursday practice night in Stithians Band Room. It’s  wonderful thing when you can do what you enjoy most and, together with the support of loyal friends, musicians and audiences, raise funds which make a considerable difference to others. We love it!

💜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 guests: Oriel & Sue

We welcome Oriel Bennett and Sue Whitmore as the narrators for our special event for International Women’s Day. In between musical items they will be telling us about the lives for inspirational Cornish women, past and present.

Oriel, ( right ) a dance and fitness instructor, has been an actor, director and producer in many theatrical productions and is known throughout the County for her dynamic approach to dance, drama, music and comedy. Sue, ( left )  a musician who loves singing and choral music has also featured in many productions, specialising in forthright old ladies who play the piano. They have been friends for many years and enjoy travelling to far-flung places and taking on new challenges. We are grateful that they have accepted the challenge of turning our concert into such a special event!

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