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RAME PENINSULA MALE VOICE CHOIR
Rame Choir and the Derriford Molecular Scanner Appeal
The Plymouth Hospitals Charity Annual Review 2017-2018 contains a piece about the Rame Peninsula Male Voice Choir which describes the work Derriford are doing with the technology associated with molecular scanners. Rame MVC - along with many other Cornish choirs - have made great efforts to collect a lot of money for this worthy cause.
If anyone would like to donate to this worth while cause, please contact Rame Choir direct.
Submitted by Graham Hoare
Item updated 12/02/19
ST STYTHIANS MALE VOICE CHOIR
Camborne Music Festival 2018
St Stythians MVC were delighted to finish joint second in the Advanced Male Voice Choir section of the Camborne Music Festival last Saturday. In an extremely strong section, which boasted The Celtic Male Ensemble (winners), Holman Climax MVC and Kerrier MC, St Stythians rose to the occasion scoring 86;85 and 87 with their three pieces. The highest score being achieved by The River of Life, an original piece composed by Gareth Churcher and words by Bob Willmott (a top tenor with the choir).
If you feel that you would enjoy spending time with a very social group of people who enjoy singing and raising money for charity then why not join us.
Annual Dinner and Presentation Night 2018
St Stythians Male Voice Choir celebrated their annual dinner at the Penmorvah Manor Hotel last Friday (23rd November).
Reports by John Houldsworth
Item updated 04/08/18
CITY OF TRURO MALE CHOIR
Building a Modern Choir
In 2016, City of Truro Male Choir appointed Russell Pascoe to be their Music Director. Since his arrival and due much to his recruiting prowess, the Choir has gained over twenty new members of all ages and is going from strength to strength.
Russell was born in Cornwall and educated at Helston School and Bristol University, where he studied composition with Derek Bourgeois. In 1987 he founded the Cornwall Youth Chamber Choir and was awarded the Gorsedd prize. He also worked with the Cornwall Male Voice Choir, Duchy Opera and ran five school based choirs including the popular 'Cousin Jacks' choir for boys at Richard Lander School in Truro.
As a composer, Russell has had his music performed from Finland to Mexico and has produced music in most genres; opera, orchestral, chamber and choral. He has taught composition for the South West Music School and in 2000 was nominated as one of Classic FM's Music Teachers of the Year. He was runner-up in the South West Teacher of the Year 2004 and was made a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd in 2000.
Since his appointment as Music Director for Truro's Male Voice Choir, Russell has led the choir in numerous concerts throughout Cornwall, including the Cornwall Music Festival, where the choir were awarded a Distinction.
Russell says. 'As a proud Cornishman, it is a great honour to conduct City of Truro Male Choir a choir in the heart of Cornwall. It is a great opportunity forge a community of singers and to let them enjoy singing in concerts and purely for fun in pubs! It is fantastic that we have been able to engage so many new members of varied ages'.
The choir practices at All Saints Church, Highertown, Truro on Thursday nights at 7.30PM. They offer a friendly and supportive environment in which to enjoy singing. Our website and Facebook page show us in action.
Report by Harry Haward
Item updated 04/08/18
Obituary in Memory of Brian Mitchell
Members of Mevagissey Male Choir are sad to announce the death of their much loved accompanist for many years, Brian Mitchell .
Brian died on Sunday 15 July. He was well known all over the county for his organ playing, and his quiet unassuming manner.
Sent by Nick Nicholls (Chairman Mevagissey Male Choir)
PELYNT MALE CHOIR
The choir enjoyed a fantastic evening last night at Bocaddon. A delicious menu was on offer which included home produced veal sausages and burgers and a wonderful selection of deserts provided by our ever supportive wives and partners. The evening provided an opportunity to hand over a cheque for £1100.00 to the Relay for Life team, which was raised at an earlier safari supper. (Photos courtesy Rod Roose)
Report by Geoff Bowyer, Pelynt Male Choir
Item updated 25/07/18
TAMAR VALLEY MALE VOICE CHOIR
The choir is delighted to announce that its Director of Music, Rosemary Cole has been recognised in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours List with the award of a British Empire Medal for services to singing and the performing arts in the South West.
Rosemary was the main instigator in forming the choir in 2006 with just 9 members. A member of the Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs, the choir now has around 40 members and thanks largely to the her hard work and talents the choir has a very full programme of successful concerts which includes the traditional male voice repertoire and modern compositions both sacred and secular.
Report by Geoff Gunning, Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir
Item updated 21/06/18
PRINCE CHARLES' 70th BIRTHDAY GARDEN PARTY
Buckingham Palace Garden Party
At the end of January the Federation received a request from the Lord Chamberlains Office at Buckingham Palace, inviting members of the Executive Committee to attend a garden party to celebrate the 70th Birthday of Prince Charles, Duke of Cornwall on the 22nd May 2018.
After contacting the Executive Committee, names were forwarded to the Palace and in due course official invitations were received. We were told not to inform anybody of this event because of the security involvement for the day.
On the day we all had an early start, meeting at Plymouth railway station to catch the 9:49 train to London. The journey was uneventful, but some of the passengers on the train were from Cornwall and also going to the party.
We then made our way to the Palace arriving at around 2:30 pm for the gates to open at 3:00pm. On entering the Palace Gardens we had time to look around the vast gardens, making our way to the lawn area, to join up with the other 6500 guests for the event. All the guests were involved with organisations that Prince Charles was patron of.
At the appointed time of 4:00pm a fanfare heralded the arrival of the Royal Party including the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and his new bride Meghan, (Duke and Duchess of Sussex).
Prince Harry started the proceedings with a speech explaining what the day was about, during his speech a bee happened to sting him on the neck; his subsequent comment caused much amusement.
The Royal Party proceeded down the steps, for a group photograph with all of the officers of the organizations that they are involved with as Patrons.
The attending throng formed two lines on the lawn for the Royal Party, so that they could walk down chatting and shaking hands with as many people as possible.
At this time the tea tent was opened for sandwiches/cakes tea or coffee (very nice!).
The rest of the afternoon in very hot weather was spent chatting with people from all over the World enjoying the event.
The party finished at 6:00pm and we made our way back to Paddington station to catch our train at 20:03 due to return to Plymouth at 23:25. We were on time all the way until rail works near Ivybridge held us up for 35 minutes, getting home later than expected.
But a great day was had by all.
Report by Ted Pinguey Publicity Officer for The Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs.
Item updated 10/06/18
PRESIDENT'S PLATE AWARD 2018 goes to City of Truro Male Choir
At the Federation Annual General Meeting held on 17th April, City of Truro Male Choir was announced as the winner of this year's President Plate Award. The Chairman, Terry Hodge, congratulated the choir on their excellent work within the community and their youth involvement.
1 Lady Mary Holborow Memorial Service at Truro Cathedral.
There youth involvement is working with local schools and held a St Pirans Day Concert with Threemilestone Primary School Choir and supported them with their Christmas Concerts.
Item updated 21/04/18
Burraton Male Choir
Burraton Male Choir
Burraton Male Choir proudly showing off their new uniform just before their first concert of 2018. St Piran's Day Concert at Saltash Wesley Methodist Church in aid of Little Thing & Co., The Baby Bereavement Charity.
Item updated 18/03/2018
City of Truro Male Choir
Photo of awards L to R- David Blackman; Denzil Oates, Glyn Hooper, Geoff Aver(Choir President), John Larke, John Harris
At the beginning of December, City of Truro Male Choir President Geoff Aver presented long service awards to choir members. Denzil Oates and John Harris, seen either side of the President, have been singing continuously with the choir for seventy and fifty years respectively. With the other awards the accumulated singing time for the five members, comes to one hundred and seventy years. Denzil joined the original Chacewater choir in 1947 and says he is looking forward to the next ten years. He was also Chairman for thirty years.
Report sent in by John Larke, Chairman, City of Truro Male Choir
Item updated 02/01/2018
CORNWALL IN HIGH PLACES
Below is a very intersting article sent by Linda and Tom Jones after a visit to London.
On a recent visit to London, we discovered an interesting fact about Burlington House, home of the Royal Academy: Burlington House cornices have something surprising and special about them!
The main (north) building of what is now Burlington House in London’s Piccadilly was built as a private residence in the early 1700s. East and west wings were subsequently added, and it was eventually sold to the British government in 1854 for £140,000. It was renovated by the architect Sydney Smirke RA who replaced the east and west wings with larger structures, but left the main building largely intact. The main building was then leased to the Royal Academy of Arts in 1868.
During the renovation process, complex moulded cornices were fitted to ceilings in the main galleries. Fragments of these cornices were on show at a recent exhibition in the RA. The first photograph shows what appears to be a typically complex cornice - fit for a palace. However, the second photograph shows its edge profile which is a beautiful replica of … a map of Cornwall!
As explained in the exhibition, the “cornices can still be read as abstract objects. But to those who recognise the shape of their profile, they appear as architectural elements with a specific meaning that connects to personal myths and biographies: a trip to the seaside, childhood holiday or simply part of everyday life.”
Item updated 29/01/17
Please find below an email sent to Penny. I wonder if anybodoy can assist, if so please email Eric Harris direct firstname.lastname@example.org
For years now I've been trying to track down a recording of this Songs of Praise from Truro cathedral in 1992, my VHS went haywire and I have a very poor quality tape.I have a good recording of the later Songs of Praise, but in my view it's not a patch on the earlier one. Is a similar event planned for 2017 ?
I realise this was a BBC event but I wondered if recordings still exist and are available to buy. Many thanks in anticipation.
Item updated 01/01/17
MEN OF SONG
ARRANGING A CHOIR TOUR?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.