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DISCLAIMER: Any opinion expressed and advice offered in this website is not necessarily that of the Federation or its officials and no responsibility can be accepted for the results of following contributors' advice.

Sent by Elaine Tangye, Nankersey MC.
Item posted 14/06/2015

St Stythians Male Voice Choir success at Wall Music Festival

St Stythians Male Voice Choir, competing for the first time at the Wall Music Festival (12 - 16 May) on 14th May, narrowly defeated Stithians Ladies Choir by 1 point (88 to 87 points) in the Open Choir class. A new mixed choir, Maen Voes from St Keverne, formed only last autumn, came a creditable third place. The Adjudicator, Christopher Moore, complimented each of the choirs on their programmes, their commitment to the Cornish choral tradition and to this well-supported village festival. The choir, as winners of the class, was invited back to sing in the post-festival concert on Saturday 16th May. Truro High School Choir (92 points in their class) opened the concert which featured all of the class winners. The concert closed with St Stythians Male Voice Choir.

Sent by David Hutson, St Stythians MVC.
Item posted 18/05/2015


The Cornwall International Male Choral Festival, from 29 April to 4 May, gave a fantastic week of singing, friendship, education and competition with 70 choirs involved from 13 nationalities across the world. Congratulations to all the choirs at the Festival and congratulations to our Federation choirs who took part, including Associate Members, the Cornwall Boys Choir. Particular congratulations go to Four Lanes Male Choir and Loveny Male Voice Choir. Four Lanes MC took the Trophy, the PM Sound Shield, for Best Overall Cornish Choir, also winning the Pendennis Shipyard Trophy for their section, '41 Voices and Over'. Loveny MVC won the Trophy in their section, '40 Voices and Under'. See all results: CIMVC Festival Results


Item posted 11/05/2015


Here is a message from Rob Spowart of Newquay Male Voice Choir:

"I have a very good (and very old!) friend in Blaenavon Male Voice Choir who I was delighted to catch up with last weekend at the CIMVC Festival. Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choir Members will know that I am very keen to explore ways in which the Male Voice Choir movement might encourage a new generation of singers to involve themselves in choral singing. In Cornwall, we have our President's Plate Award which recognises the efforts made by choirs to widen the interest of their local community in choral singing and especially to recognise a choir's encouragement of male choral singing in their local schools.

"Members of my friend's Choir explained a little about a high profile project in which they were engaged, so I asked for details. Please see below - purely for information and in the hope that it might inspire us to think laterally about ways to encourage male choral singing in a younger generation.
Best wishes - Rob Spowart"

Save our Male Voice Choirs is a documentary film following Blaenavon Male Voice Choir as they look to encourage new, younger members to join them, adapt their repertoire and to embrace social media. The film not only follows Blaenavon MVC, but also Pendyrus, the Australian Welsh Male Voice Choir, London Welsh Male Voice Choir, Tenby MVC, Bristol MVC, Marazion Apollo MVC, Sons of Lafayette from the USA, Chor Musica from Canada and The St Petersberg Boys Choir from Russia. The film also features Mannerstimmen Basel of Switzerland and Tallinn University Choir from Estonia, as well as featuring the CIMVCF, where Blaenavon MVC were crowned Best British Choir for 40 and under voices. See the choir's Promotion Video below.

Sent by Rob Spowart, Newquay MVC.
Item posted 11/05/2015

MOUSEHOLE MVC win the President's Plate Award 2015

At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Federation the winners of the President's Plate were announced - Mousehole Male Voice Choir. This was awarded in acknowledgement of the work they do to involve the wider community in male voice singing. Unfortunately and unusually the representatives from Mousehole MVC were unable to be present at the meeting. The Plate will of course be presented to them at the next Federation meeting in July. Three entries had been put forward this year. Phil Taylor, Vice Chairman, stated it had been a close contest. All three entries were outstanding but the verdict was unanimous between the judges and Mousehole MVC are worthy winners. Certificates of Commendation for their excellent work in the community were presented to the two runners up, Pelynt MVC and Launceston MVC.

The President's Plate award was started by Barry Jennings in 2011 on his retirement as President of the Federation. Mousehole MVC were the first winners of the award, presented in 2012.

Vice Chairman, Phil Taylor, presents
Certificate of Commendation to Nigel Parker, representative of Launceston MVC

Vice Chairman, Phil Taylor, presents
Certificate of Commendation to Graham Hicks, representative of Pelynt MVC

Item posted 27/04/2015

1,000 up for Mevagissey Male Choir!

When the Mevagissey Male Choir step on to the risers at St John’s in St Austell on Saturday 2nd May, they will be achieving yet another memorable landmark in their proud history - their 1,000th concert.

Following hard on the heels of last year’s 40th anniversary celebrations, which included a Gala concert at the Eden Project, this new milestone coincides with the Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival. As a result the Meva Choir will be sharing the stage for this momentous event with choirs from Germany, Switzerland, Wales and England.

Mevagissey Male Choir’s first ever concert took place on 17th April 1975, five months after the original 20 founder members got together to sing. Six of those founders are expected to take their places on the risers on 2nd May – a seventh, David Foard, who until recently was still singing with the Choir, sadly passed away only last month.

Since those early days the Choir have visited the USA, Canada, Germany, France, Holland, Portugal and the Republic of Ireland, as well as Wales and Scotland, and have performed three times in Westminster Abbey, the only male voice choir believed to have done so.

Later this summer the Choir has been invited to sing with the Plymouth Military Wives Choir at the Plymouth Guild Hall and they are already looking forward to the concerts they will perform on the Mevagissey quayside every Monday evening in August.

Sent by Mike Tate, Mevagissey MC.
Item posted 24/04/2015


Rame Peninsula Male Voice Choir is delighted to welcome Jonathan Lewsey, the choir's new Musical Director.

Jonathan Lewsey was educated at The Purcell School of Music. He has pursued an active and diverse career as singer, actor, conductor, lecturer and author. He was for several years Artistic Director of the Mayer-Lismann Opera Centre in London and has performed widely in opera and concert including at The Queen Elizabeth Hall and The Purcell Room. He was for seven years Director of Sterts Theatre in Cornwall where he conducted numerous productions of popular musicals and founded Sterts Singers. He is firmly of the belief that anybody can sing anything and is looking forward to his new challenge as Musical Director for Rame Peninsular Male Voice Choir.

Jonathan Lewsey,
MD for Rame Peninsula MVC

News item posted 24/03/2015

Becky Lovegrove, Musical Director
St Buryan MVC


St Buryan Male Voice Choir is delighted to announce the appointment of Becky Lovegrove as their Musical Director to succeed the late Portia Grant. Becky is a gifted musician and teacher and we all look forward to a long and happy association.

Sent by Mike Searle, St Buryan MVC
Item posted 11/12/2014

Federation Massed Choir Charity Concert to be held on Saturday 2 JULY 2016
at Plymouth Pavilions

The Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs is delighted to announce our next massed choir charity concert. This will be held on Saturday 2 July 2016 at Plymouth Pavilions. The venue is booked and the Federation will now be preparing the details for another wonderful musical event. Keep an eye on this news page for further information.

News item posted 10/12/2014


The Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs is pleased to welcome our new Associate members, Mendip Male Voice Choir.

The choir is already known to some Federation members. Mendip Male Voice Choir was started in 1919 and is now 70 singers strong. The choir performs many concerts each year with a varied repertoire of traditional and secular music. Over the years their concerts have raised considerable funds to support numerous charities.

Learn more about the choir by looking up their website, to be found on our Member Choirs page, under the Associate Members Section: Member Choirs

The Federation looks forward to occasions when we can work together with Mendip Male Voice Choir.

Mendip Male Voice Choir with (left to right) Hannah Lockwood, Resident Soloist, Jamie Knight, Musical Director
and Jamie Mason, Accompanist.

Photograph by Neil Watson

News item posted 10/12/2014


The Federation has been able to present a small additional donation to each of the 3 beneficiaries of our massed choir charity concert held last year at the Royal Albert Hall, Cornwall Hospice Care, BBC Radio Cornwall Charity Appeal and the RNLI. In this photograph Federation Chairman, Terry Hodge, presents a cheque to members of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute.

News item posted 10/12/2014



After such a cataclysmic winter a rapid response was required. However, as with farming, fishing does not suddenly restore itself after such an experience. Indeed it is estimated that by and large it will take fishing at least two years to get back to anything resembling normality. Of course, while the volume of landed fish is low, the price is high but when many fishermen are chasing the same population and the volume landed is high, then the price is low. Recently a local fisherman observed that he had had his best day ever in terms of catch but one of his lowest revenues. All this makes it particularly difficult for fishermen to work their way out of a difficult situation meaning that support from the Fishermen’s Mission will be required for some time to come.

Having been made aware of all this, Stephen Lawry, Musical Director of Mousehole Male Voice Choir, was moved to do something to support the Fishermen’s Mission. The result was a concert held in Redruth Methodist Church, compared by the Rev'd Julyan Drew, at which five Cornish male voice choirs, all with strong connections with local fishing communities, came together on a scale that is almost unprecedented in the county. Mevagissey Male Choir, Mousehole Male Voice Choir, Nankersey Male Choir, Newquay Male Voice Choir and the Polperro Fishermen’s Choir represent the full range of fishing activity in the county. £2,500 was presented to the Fishermen’s Mission. “It was fantastic to see a passionate group of individuals who were prepared to give their time and talents to support Cornish fishermen and their families” said Keith Dickson, Superintendent of the Fishermen's Mission.

Pictured at the front from the left: Superintendant Keith Dickson, Stephen Lawry and Rev'd Julyan Drew. Behind them: Mousehole Male Voice Choir.

Further information available from Keith Dickson 01736363499, available Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm.

Sent by Keith Dickson, Superintendent Fishermen's Mission, Newlyn.
Item posted 14/10/2014

New President and Vice President of the Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs

Lady Mary Holborow,
The Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs is delighted to welcome Lady Mary Holborow as President and Sir John Trelawny as Vice President of the Federation. The members are grateful to such busy people for accepting these positions. Our thanks also go to Lord Matthew Taylor of Goss Moor, who has stepped down from the role of President, for his support over many years.

Lady Mary Holborow DCVO, is well known to Federation members. She has supported and helped us in many ways and on many occasions. She also supports and works for numerous charitable and cultural organisations across Cornwall. Until recently she served as Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall.

Sir John Trelawny is the 14th Baronet Salusbury-Trelawny of Trelawny. He was born in the small village of Saltwood in Kent, is married and has four sons and one daughter. He currently lives just outside Nottingham where he works for the Power Generation Company E.ON. Currently he is President of the London Cornish Association and Patron of Trelawny's Army, The Cornish rugby supporters club. He has said: "I am honoured to have been asked to be Vice-President of The Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs". He also tells us his hobbies are fishing and Rugby and he has spent many happy hours knee deep in the river Fowey trying to catch its sea Trout. He will be retiring to Cornwall. Sir John has shown his support and enthusiasm for the Federation on many occasions.

Sir John Trelawny,
Vice President

Item posted 15/09/2014

New Accompanist appointed at Nankersey

Michael Uren
Nankersey Male Choir are delighted to announce the appointment from 1st September of our new Accompanist, Michael Uren.

Since the sudden passing of his predecessor in March, Michael has, along with Martin Davies (City of Truro) and Chris Bennett (Newquay), been giving sterling support to the choir in its time of need by keeping us afloat and able to carry out all our engagements. As ever, our Deputy Accompanist, Clive Ellison must be thanked for all his support over the same period. Clive will be continuing in his role.

Michael is well known in Cornish Male Voice singing circles and music has always played a major part throughout his life. He continues to be actively involved in other areas including drama and pantomimes, both as a player and director. He is an accomplished singer, pianist and organist. He joined Four Lanes Male Choir in 1975 as a Second Tenor and then in 1979 moved on to become their accompanist and later their Musical Director from 2011 until October 2013.

We welcome Michael into the Nankersey fold and hope he will be very happy with us.

Our grateful thanks to both Martin, Chris and Clive for helping to keep us on an even keel.

Sent by Fred Bidgood, Nankersey MC
Item posted 15/09/2014

Burraton Male Voice Choir celebrate 40th Anniversary

Like several other choirs, Burraton is celebrating an historic landmark during 2014. We commenced formal celebrations on Saturday 12 July at Saltash Wesley Methodist Church with Newquay Male Voice Choir who are also celebrating their 40th anniversary. The following Saturday, 19 July, we are travelling to Lanhydrock Golf & Country Club for an Anniversary Dinner. On October 4th at Saltash Wesley we will be holding a Massed Choir Anniversary Concert with the combined voices of Pelynt, Launceston & Burraton male voice choirs. Then 2 weeks later on 18th October we join with St Keverne Male Voice Choir at Saltash Wesley who are also celebrating their anniversary year.

Sent by Brian Stephens, Burraton MVC
Item posted 18/07/2014


The recent closure of Newlyn Male Choir, first formed in 1921, was reported on this newspage with great sadness. (News Item dated 26 March 2014). Bryan Marshall, formerly a choir officer of Newlyn MC, has sent the following message:

"I am pleased to say that 12 of us have joined the Marazion Apollo Male Voice Choir. Needless to say we were made very welcome. Although we were members of a choir, as per their choir rules we had to take a voice test to make sure we could keep in tune and were in the right section. This was done this week and we were all successful and accepted into the choir. Sadly we are no longer Newlyn Men, but proud to be Marazion Apollo Men and look forward to spending many many hours with them."

Sent by Bryan Marshall, Marazion Apollo MVC
Item posted 22/05/2014


A new Song Book has been compiled by members of Nankersey Male Choir. The Song Book contains 51 well known songs and hymns and is intended to be used on informal occasions (possibly with a pint in hand!) whenever choir members get together for a sing song outside of concert "conditions". It is also intended to act as an aide memoire for those who find themselves at a loss to join in because the words are either unknown or temporarily forgotten! Thanks to everyone who has helped in the compilation.

We are pricing the Song Book competitively at £2.50 only and this must represent good value as it is handily sized for placing in a jacket pocket and the cover is laminated for durability. The Song Book is dedicated to Nankersey's 12 founder members and a photograph of those worthy gentlemen appears in the book.

Choir members within the Federation qualify for this bargain price provided the song book(s) can be delivered by hand (at a Federation meeting for instance) or song books may be obtained for £3.50 by post. Anyone who is interested in obtaining a copy or copies should please get in touch with Fred Bidgood, tel: 01326 373984;
e-mail: familybidgood@hotmail.co.uk

Sent by Fred Bidgood, Nankersey MC


We have received an update on a previous news item, with revised contact details. Truro Cathedral Old Choristers Association is open to ex-choristers from any Cathedral. There may be old choristers who are not aware they would be eligible to join the Association and some may be singing in Cornish male voice choirs. Once a year, usually the third Saturday in September, members of the Association sing Evensong in the Cathedral with the present choir, followed by a dinner.

If there are any people who used to sing with any Cathedral choir the Association would like to welcome them to join in.

Please contact The Association's Chairman, Andrew Pool email: office@andrewpool.co.uk, or write to him, c/o Truro Cathedral Office, 14 St Mary's Street, Truro TR1 2AF. Or if anyone would like a quiet word, just phone Andrew on (01326) 374433.

Sent by Andrew Pool, Nankersey MC


Neil Shepherd, MD of “Laudate!” and also a qualified travel agent and tour operator has kindly offered suggestions and advice to choirs planning tours.

This item first posted June 2009 and retained for reference. Click on the link below.


This page last updated: 14 June 2015 - Linda Jones