💜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!💜

💜International women’s day celebration: our guests

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

Part one:  MEVAGISSEY LADIES CHOIR

The Choir was established in November 1985 starting with just 16 members, mainly wives of some of the Male Choir singers. The numbers have fluctuated over the years,  the younger members taking time out for families or some retiring due to ill health but at present there are 40 members and newcomers are always welcome to join these happy and friendly Ladies.

The members cover a wide age range and come from all walks of life, some from fishing and farming families, others are career ladies and a number are retired. Many of the members live in Mevagissey and Gorran Haven but others come from the St Austell area and outlying villages. Some of the founder members are still singing in the choir.

The Musical Director, Barry Farley, is very highly qualified in the music field and joined in January 2008. The pianist is David Robinson an excellent musician who lives in Par, joining in 2015.

The choir has performed in many parts of Cornwall and at various places around England and Wales. They all take great pleasure from music and enjoy entertaining with their singing,  always happy to help raise money for Charity .

 Visit their website: http://mevagisseyladieschoir.co.uk

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

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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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