Too darn hot!

It had to be the hottest day of the year when we performed in a joint concert with Marazion Apollo MVC. Both choirs, as well as the audience, were positively glowing with the heat, the blinding sunshine through the stained glass windows of Falmouth Methodist Church, and the effort to sing in such conditions. But the professionalism of everyone prevailed!The gentlemen of Marazion Apollo were in fine voice, the compère, Adrian Wilton, kept us all on our toes with colloquial wise-cracks, Becky McGlade played her ‘cello like a dream, the audience was generous with their applause and their money and the Ladies sang beautifully. After the success of England in the football that afternoon spirits were as high as the temperatures and everyone left knowing that a good time was had by all and a large sum was raised to support the work of The Cove Macmillan. Thank you to all who gave of their time and talents.

Here is a slideshow of photographs from the concert courtesy of Peter Asplet.

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£1000 for the new Heli Appeal

Our recent concert to raise funds for the New Heli Appeal was a roaring success in several ways … it was a feast of music for everyone to enjoy with contributions from our guests Celtic Male Ensemble which shook the rafters of Carnon Downs Chapel, a rousing hymn with our wonderful accompanist Rico Gerber at the organ, humorous  anecdotes from compère Sid Deeble, and the Ladies Choir in very fine voice. The Chapel was packed and the audience was most generous, being rewarded with a hugely entertaining, though incredibly hot, evening and a vast supper provided by The Ladies who bake as beautifully as they sing!

The outcome was glowing praise from the audience and an amazing £1000 which we can present to The Cornwalll Air Ambulance New Hel Appeal.

It feels remarkably good to be doing something you really love, sharing with other talented and like-minded musicians, making people happy and raising a load of cash for a vital and worthy cause. Thank you so much to those who took part, those who organised and those who supported.  Proper Job!


Devon delights

This year’s trip away saw the Ladies travelling to north Devon to sing with the gentlemen of Barnstaple Male Voice Choir. We had a lovely coach ride northwards stopping for coffee at Port Isaac and then for some retail therapy at Atlantic Village. We stayed at the Durrant House Hotel


which was conveniently situated only minutes from the concert venue   – St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

The church is beautifully situated with a stunning view …

We were were lucky to be able to visit the church on Saturday morning to have a practice and sort out the logistics of the performance to be held that evening. After that the coach took us on a superb visit to the National Trust property at Arlington Court.

In the evening Northam church resounded to the music of two excellent choirs who provided a wonderfully varied programme to a highly appreciative audience. The weather was balmy, the acoustics warm and resonant, there were yummy refreshments to enjoy and a large sum was raised to help with the appeal for St Margaret’s roof. What more could you want on a relaxing summer’s evening?

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After the concert spirits were high, compliments abounded and we did not want to end the evening so the gentlemen came back to our hotel and shared some more refreshments – a good time was had by all!

Sunday was departure day and on the way back we stopped at the gorgeous RHS Rosemoor gardens which were at their most stunning in the Summer sunshine. From there we headed home having sampled some of the many delights that Devon has to offer ( but still eating our scones/jam/cream the correct Cornish way! )

Photos courtesy of Peter, Pete and Suzanne


Well? …… Done!

Our first charity concert of 2018 was held to support the work of Cara Coweth Water Sierra Leone, a Stithians based charity which helps to provide clean water in some of the most remote villages in Sierra Leone.

Choir members Monica and Mollie, seen here on a previous visit,

will be winging their way shortly to the village of Yamkoboh bearing funds which will enable the start of a new well – hence the title of this article!

Our concert was held in the wonderful acoustic of St Mary’s Catholic Church, Helston and we were thrilled to be joined by the Pentyr Singers 

and flautist Maia Roberts. The weather outside was wet and windy but the spirits of the audience were uplifted as both choirs sang their hearts out and Maia,

(pictured here holding her trophy from the recent County Music Festival) entertained and amazed us with her confidence, maturity and musical skill. The Choir is grateful to all the wonderful people who gave of their time, talents and hospitality to help raise money for this exceptional charity. Now we can move forward into Spring having done a little bit to enrich some lives – musically in Cornwall and aquatically in Sierra Leone!

Safe journey Mollie and Monica – we need you back for our next concert!    (19th May at Probus Village Hall with Imerys Mid-Cornwall Male Choir)



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