This is the second of our articles featuring our guests at our forthcoming International Women’s Day Celebration
MABE LADIES CHOIR
Mabe Ladies Choir has been a feature in the Cornish musical Landscape since 1931 and has long been hailed as one of Cornwall’s premier choral groups, having on many an occasion won trophies and accolades in competitions both in Cornwall and farther afield. They nurture strong bonds with choirs locally and from as far away as Wales and Sweden.
Their catchment for members spreads from Truro to Coverack, with ages ranging from thirty-something to eighty-something. Once a week they meet in Penryn to enjoy and nurture their common love of singing. The choir take their singing very seriously, always striving to achieve the highest possible standards, with repertoire which spans a wide variety of genres.
However it is the Community of Mabe Ladies Choir which is the bond that truly sings through them and which fills audiences with a warm glow. That said, they do love a good chat, and much fun is had whilst engaging in the serious matter of singing!
Well, they won’t actually be at our International Women’s Day Celebration, but we will be learning about the founder of this wonderful charity, situated just up the road from us.
The theme of our celebration this year is “ Women who have founded charities” … and there have been many. So why not come along on SUNDAY MARCH 8th at 7.30 to Falmouth Methodist Church. Share some beautiful music with us and our guests Mabe Ladies Choir, Simone Hellier, Becky McGlade and the Saxy Maids.
Be like these three little ladies and wear something purple …. the colour of International Women’s Day
Our recent concert with Marazion Apollo Male Choir was a resounding success and took us to a lovely new venue. We had not performed in St Hilary church before and we were really impressed with the unusual interior and the famous acoustic.
The choirs join together to sing Morte Christe lead by MD Kate Wood-Cattran.
We were really pleased that we had set off early because the coach got stuck in the narrow lane approaching the church and we had to walk the last bit – thank goodness the rain, so overwhelmingly present during the week, had abated and it was not freezing cold!
The standard of singing in this concert was incredibly high with the sweet tones of the Ladies contrasting with the powerful delivery of the Gentlemen and yet blending beautifully for the finale. The Ladies were particularly pleased to be able to present a performance of the gorgeous carol that they recently commissioned from Cornish composer Becky McGlade. They are preparing this stunning piece for Truro Big Sing in the Cathedral on 12th December and, judging by the audience reaction, it is going to sound wonderful.
The evening was rounded off with refreshments prepared by the ladies of St Hilary Church and then we departed for home, but not without a few “big coach in a little lane” issues! All’s well that ends well!
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.
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.
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.
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! )
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.