After a resounding success last year, Simone joins us once again to help 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 tothe 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!💜
SUNDAY MARCH 8th 7.30 FALMOUTH METHODIST CHURCH
SEE YOU THERE!
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!
SUNDAY MARCH 8th 7.30 FALMOUTH METHODIST CHURCH
SEE YOU THERE!
Over the next couple of weeks we are featuring the guests who are sharing our celebration for International Women’s Day.
THE SAXY MAIDS
Verena, Sarah, Alex and Laura have played together for many years in several bands and ensembles. They absolutely love playing together as a quartet and enjoy rehearsing and arranging new material. They cover many different types of occasions and have played wedding, concerts, festivals, functions and many more.
Last time they joined us it was an absolutely freeeeeeezing evening at Budock Church!
Don’t worry ladies, the heating will be fully functioning in Falmouth Methodist Church. SUNDAY MARCH 8th 7.30.
See you there!
💜 The lovely ladies from the Flicka Foundation 💜
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
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.
RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
1. Take two choirs, a trumpet and a noble church organ. 2. Add a dash of thoughtfully delivered narration. 3. A large helping of enthusiastic, appreciative audience. 4. A generous portion of sublime music and you get …. lots of happy people and £1000!
Stithians Ladies Choir and Barnstaple Ladies Choir join together to sing Rutter’s “The Lord Bless You and Keep You “ as a finale to the concert.
Stithians Ladies Choir held a fund raising concert in aid of the Falmouth Methodist Church Regeneration project and they invited Barnstaple Ladies Choir, trumpeter Louie Draycott and organist Rico Gerber to join them. The result was a fabulous feast of music from madrigals to musicals, Elgar to Ellington and everything in between. The performers were from all walks of life and ranged in age from some life-long choir members in their 80s to young, local brass player Louie Draycott and they were all brought together by the power of music and the desire to help. Money was raised by ticket sales, a grand raffle, collections and donations and later this week the Choir will present a cheque for £1000 to Falmouth Methodist Church.
Join Stithians Ladies for their next charity concert in St Budock Church on Saturday July 13th at 7.30. On this occasion they will be joined by The Beatroots, a fabulous, young A Capella group from Oxford.
Stithians Ladies are really looking forward to their next concert.
They will be joined by Barnstaple Ladies Choir for a concert to raise funds for the extensive regeneration programme at Falmouth Methodist Church. Also lending their support and talents are Louie Draycott on trumpet and Rico Gerber who will be showing what the magnificent pipe organ can do. The event is called RAISE THE ROOF and that is exactly what is planned! We will also learn about the chapel itself from its inception, through the dramatic events of evening of October 9th 1940, up to the present day when this thriving central resource in Falmouth really needs some TLC.
COME AND BE PART OF IT
See choir members or church members for tickets