Pictured: the Ladies after their magical performance in Truro Cathedral.
It’s obvious that the lady in the front row had magical powers in that stick ( or is it perhaps a wand? )
Stithians Ladies Choir was delighted to take part in the Truro Big Sing once again. Together with other choirs and a packed cathedral they helped to raise the roof with carols and raise money for Christian Aid’s Christmas appeal. They opened the evening with a truly magical performance of Benjamin Britten’s Hodie, Christus Natus Est. Not only were the Cathedral lights extinguished but the ladies were standing in a place invisible to the congregation so their voices came, in glorious unison plainchant, apparently from nowhere! They also gave a beautiful rendering of Becky McGlade’s setting of In The Bleak Midwinter with the composer there to hear it – another magical first for us. Then the rafters rang with Deo Gracias, Britten’s joyful song of praise with our fabulous accompanist Rico Gerber giving his all on the grand piano.
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!
The Ladies recently sallied forth to South Brent to sing as guests of the Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir. The venue was the stunning church of St Petroc …
and both choirs sang their hearts out. The Ladies, on this occasion, were conducted by the choir’s deputy Musical Director, Vivienne Nicholas ….
and, although somewhat depleted in numbers, they gave fabulous performances of all their songs, receiving warm appreciation all round. The audience was also treated to solos from accompanist Rico Gerber and Joanna Wood one of the choir’s sopranos. The choir, in return, was treated to a scrumptious supper before they wended their way back over the Tamar.
As an encore the Ladies performed “Together” – a fitting tribute to the sense of belonging that each member feels in this fabulous group of women.
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.
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.
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.