Here is the third in a series of videos to lift our spirits in challenging times. Stithians Ladies are joined by their friends from Mabe Ladies Choir, soloist Simone Hellier, accompanist Rico Gerber, ‘cellist Becky McGlade and the Saxy Maids.
Let There Be Peace on Earth, written by S and J J Miller and arranged for SSA by Craig Courtney. Recorded on March 8th 2020 at our musical celebration for International Women’s Day.
To help us all through these times when we are unable to sing together, here is another video demonstrating the beautiful sound of Stithians Ladies Choir. This song has been in their repertoire for a couple of years and, compared to other performances, I believe this is the best so far. Enjoy!
Be Thou My Vision – an Irish hymn arranged for SSA by Dan Forrest. Accompaniment by Rico Gerber, piano and Becky McGlade ‘cello. Recorded on March 8th 2020 at the celebration concert for International Women’s Day.
Becky joins us again at this year’s International Women’s Day and has agreed to repeat her performance of “Ladies In Lavender “ Not only is it a beautiful piece for ‘cello and piano but it has to be the most apt title imaginable!
COME AND JOIN US
and don’t forget to wear something purple!
SUNDAY MARCH 8th 7.30 FALMOUTH METHODIST CHURCH SEE YOU THERE!
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
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.