💜Be Our guest: Simone Hellier

Simone joins us for the first time to help us celebrate International Women’s Day. She will be singing a couple of solos, accompanied by the fabulous Rico Gerber, and joining the massed choirs to sing the solo part in Let There Be Peace On Earth for our finale.

Simone Hellier trained in classical singing at the Conservatoire in Basel, Switzerland. She has performed in La Traviata at the Hall for Cornwall and in The Marriage of Figaro and Madam Butterfly at the Minack Theatre – sharing the part of Suzuki with Jenny Oldfield, and played Carmen for Duchy Opera,  which toured all over Cornwall.  She also had the opportunity to tour internationally with the Cornish cirque troupe Incandescence.

Simone has collaborated with Jenny Oldfield and Kyla Goodey on a Trifle Gathering project in the Gyllyngdune Gardens at Falmouth Pavilions. She sang alongside baritone  Mike Dewis and other wonderful singers, in UNICEF`s Concert for Nepal in London, to raise money for earthquake victims. In August 2017 she gave a classical recital at St Mary`s Church in Penzance and also took part in a show called If you go down to the woods today performed in Trebah Garden with the Vertical Dance Company Yskynna singing the Lakme Flower Duet and the wonderful Aria from the 5th Element  Il dolce suono Lucia di Lammermoor.

In April 2018 Simone performed Strauss’s Four Last Songs at St Mary`s Church, Penzance under the baton of Nigel Wicken and a lovely video of the performance can be found >>here on YouTube.

Simone’s broad reaching repertoire and engaging personality have ensured numerous performance opportunities with many more to come and we are honoured that she is joining us for our celebration.

💜COME AND JOIN US and don’t forget to wear something purple!💜

💜International women’s day celebration: guests

We would like to highlight all the wonderful guests who are coming to share our forthcoming Gala Concert.

Part two: Celtic Chords barbershop chorus

Celtic Chords are a relatively small Ladies Barbershop Chorus who meet to rehearse every Monday evening at Devoran Village Hall. An extremely close knit group, they thoroughly enjoy singing together and also love to share that enjoyment with others. Many of their ‘sing outs’ are at memory cafes for people with Alzheimer’s and it always gives them great pleasure when the audience joins in.
Though not overly ambitious, they have competed several times at the Sweet Adelines Convention in Newcastle and Nottingham, and in 2016 successfully competed in the Llangollen Eisteddfod.
They are always looking for new singers – neither experience nor the ability to read music are necessary. Their current Musical Director, Isabell Austin, is also a member of Stithians Ladies Choir so she is going to be a very busy lady at the International Women’s Day Celebration!

                  Visit their web site   www.celticchords.btck.co.uk

💜COME AND JOIN US and don’t forget to wear something purple!💜

Fun in the old cattle market!

At the invitation of our friends Pentyr Singers the Ladies sallied forth to Helston Old Cattle Market to sing the first of our Christmas concerts.

The weather was decidedly December, our numbers were somewhat depleted but a fine evening of shared music and friendship was had. We performed two new songs for the first time and they were hugely successful! The audience was large, enthusiastic and also in fine voice. There were lovely festive refreshments at the end of the concert and all in all a great time was had at this fine community venue.  Most important of all the concert raised a fabulous £664 for Hospice South West! Thank you, Pentyr, for your kind invitation.

Our next Christmas events are the community carol service at Stithians Methodist Church on Sunday 16th at 3pm followed by carols in The Stithians Centre on Tuesday 18th with St Stythians Band and St Stythians Male Voice Choir.

SEE YOU THERE!

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We remembered them

Singin’ in the Rain

Well – that’s the title of the song we are performing in this photo. But it certainly did rain on Friday 9th November when we sang at Truro Catholic Church. 

Together with St Stythians Band we had been invited to perform in a fund raising concert by the Truro branch of the Royal British Legion. The weather that day was just awful but it did clear up just as most of the musicians were arriving. We were able to share some truly beautiful music with Legion members, the Mayor of Truro, those daring souls who braved the elements and each other. The programme was designed to become more reflective as the evening went on and there were some exceptionally moving moments, including poetry, a piece involving The Last Post from the band and Rutter’s The Lord Bless You and Keep You from the Ladies.

In a weekend which was packed with commemorative events all over the world this was far from the best attended or the most successful financially. However the act of thoughtfully preparing music and words to share with others in the spirit of Remembrance shows the generosity of spirit and caring which continues to abound in the village of Stithians.

We Remembered Them

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More cash for the Lifeboat

Our wonderful accompanist Rico Gerber. Photo by Steve Pearce.

Some time ago we were able to present a magnificent £1000 to the Penlee Lifeboat Appeal. Last Saturday we shared a lovely evening of song with the Holman Climax Male Voice Choir at Paul Church and raised some additional funds for this most worthy cause.

Both choirs were in fine voice and presented a wide variety of music for the enjoyment of the enthusiastic audience. To round off the evening the choirs joined together to perform a rousing rendition of Morte Christe. St Pol de Léon Church is a beautiful in every respect and it was a privilege to perform there. Thank you to all the people who took part and attended – we hope to see you again very soon.

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Our next concert

In the last couple of weeks we have been joined by two new Ladies and they are practicing hard to join us in our next concert …..

For the first time we are performing in the gorgeous setting of Kenwyn Church at the invitation of the Truro branch of the WI. They are celebrating 100 years of convivial companionship and the Choir is celebrating the pleasure and warmth of sharing beautiful music.

7.30 Friday 5th October

  SEE YOU THERE!

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A big cheque for charity

Our recent concert shared with Marazion Male Voice Choir and Becky McGlade raised a sizeable amount so we were able to present a cheque for £500 to The Cove Macmillan Support at Treliske hospital.

The photo was taken in St Stythians Church and shows Cove volunteer Jen Woodford receiving the cheque from choir President Audrey and assistant treasurer Connie.

The choir members now have a little break in August and look forward to raising lots more money and learning lots more new songs soon.

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Read about The Cove HERE