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NEWQUAY MALE VOICE CHOIR
Please find below a email sent by Jim Christophers, Secretary, Newquay MVC regarding the progress being made of three of their members who where involved in a serious accident whilst returning from a concert on Saturday, October 29, on the St Columb Major side of Winnards Perch roundabout.
All those associated with Newquay Male Voice Choir, but especially their a capella chorus, Oll an Gwella, would like to thank from the bottom of their hearts all those who have responded with such compassion and concern for the welfare of the three members of the choir who were recently involved in a very serious traffic accident. You will be pleased to hear that both David and Nick are now making tentative steps to rejoin singing activities as we head towards Christmas. Andy’s situation was always more complex, having suffered spinal injuries, so he will not be back with us for a while. However, we are pleased to report that he has moved onto the next stage of his recovery and rehabilitation and has just been transferred to a specialist spinal rehabilitation centre in Salisbury. Andy is a realist but with a remarkably up-beat outlook on life generally and his present situation specifically. We will let you all know when he is back and singing.
Item updated 09/12/2016
MOUSEHOLE MALE VOICE CHOIR
After three months of hard work MOUSEHOLE MALE VOICE CHOIR entered Camborne Music Festival on Saturday, singing in the Senior class for Male Voice Choirs. We found ourselves in competition with Four Lanes Male Choir and St Stythians Male Voice Choir (the previous years winners), and after a very close contest, the choir won The Ewart Kinsman Cup and The Bob & Eileen Gilbert Baton.
The adjudicator, Stephen Roberts, awarded the choir an overall mark of 264 for the choir’s rendition of Larry Nickel’s “Four Strong Winds”, Joseph Martin’s arrangement of “Sing Your Way Home” and the traditional spiritual, “Battle of Jericho”, arranged by Mark Hayes. He described the choir as having “Good harmonies and a nice balance between (the) parts”. He also praised our selection of music which showed a contrast between each of the pieces, saying “You do draw us into your singing” and “you sit very well with the piano accompaniment”
One of the comments we received from a member of one of the other competing choirs was “Congratulations on your achievements, please wait for another 25 years to compete!!!”
Needless to say the choir are absolutely thrilled with this success and it is the first time that the choir have competed since 1994, The choir are truly blessed in having an exceptionally gifted musical team in Stephen, David and Annette in getting us to this winning standard.
Item updated 27/11/2016
PLYMOUTH PAVILIONS CHARITY CONCERT
On Saturday 2nd July 2016, some 270+ male voices from all over the county descended on the Plymouth Pavilions for a charity concert in aid of Saint Petroc’s Society, The Cove Macmillan Support Centre at Treliske and the Cornwall Music Service Trust. The concert included performances from the Duchy Tuba Quartet and soloist Laura Nicholas accompanied by Alistair Taylor.
Presentation of Cheques to Charities
The Plymouth Pavilions charity concert raised £10,560 which was donated equally to the three charities, £3520 each.
Item updated 05/11/2016
Bewnans Kernow AGM
Please find below an email received from Bewnans Kernow:
Invitation to Bewnans Kernow AGM
The Bewnans Kernow Annual General Meeting 2018 will take place from 10.30am on Saturday 27th January in the Grenville Room, Lys Kernow / New County Hall.
Framework Convention Training
We are in the process of arranging high-level training around the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Please get in touch by email - email@example.com if you would like more information.
Email sent in by Bewnans Kernow Trustees
Item updated 08/01/2018
Massed Choir Singing Event for UN World Peace Day
Please find below an email recieved from Paul Haines
I’m writing this to everyone that took part last year, and also to others that might be interested to be involved this year. There will be a similar event this year on Thursday 21st September, and an additional day on Saturday 23rd September.
The event last year seemed to go very well with 20 choirs taking part, speakers talking about peace, organisations that work with peace, and an appearance ‘live' on BBC Spotlight. There was a lot of interest for the event being repeated this year.
This event is linked with "One Day One Choir”, a global initiative to encourage choirs around the world to sing for peace on the UN World Peace Day, or International Day of Peace. Choirs singing in Truro will be singing for peace with 100’s of choirs around the world. Please take a look at the website. www.onedayonechoir.org
This coming September the event will be held over two days and the plan will be to have at least 30 choirs performing.
On Thursday 21st September, the plan is to repeat the event from last year, with two sessions in the afternoon and one in the evening, and on Saturday 23rd September the hope would be to have a morning and afternoon session. The Truro Methodist Church has been confirmed as a venue, and the Cathedral are yet to confirm.
Please put the date in your diaries and can choirs look to see which day and time would suit. Please spread the word and encourage others to take part in whatever way they can. If you have any thoughts or suggestions please get in contact. I will be away from 1st February till 12th March and will then be picking up emails and responding when I’m back.
The plan is also to raise donations for the UK Charity “Children of Peace”.
Item updated 04/02/17
CHARITY CONCERT IN AID OF RNLI
Please find below an email recieved from Jim Christophers, Secretary of Newquay MVC
Newchurch Male Voice Choir from the Isle of Wight are performing with Amy Sapwell's inTune ladies choir in St Michael's Church, Newquay on Saturday, 17th June in a concert commencing at 7.30pm. Admission is free but there will be a retiring collection in aid of the RNLI. Newchurch, who are celebrating their golden anniversary this year, will be known to several Cornish choirs who have visited the Isle of Wight. They would welcome any opportunity to catch up with old friends during the evening.
Item updated 12/06/17
PRESIDENT'S PLATE AWARD 2016 goes to RAME PENINSULA MVC
At the Federation Annual General Meeting held on 10 May, Rame Peninsula Male Voice 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. Three choirs made an entry for the Award, Burraton MVC, Launceston MVC and Rame Peninsula MVC. All entries were excellent and the judges had a hard decision to make. Fred Luckraft received the Silver Plate on behalf of his choir and the runners up were presented with a Commendation Certificate.
Fred Luckraft stated it was a particular pleasure for his choir to be awarded the plate. The donor of the plate, previous President, the Reverend Professor Barry Jennings, initiated this annual award. He had lived in the Rame area and knew the choir well. After retiring as a scientist from ECC he took up holy orders and asked Rame Peninsula MVC to sing at his ordination ceremony.
Item posted 11/05/2016
FEDERATON WELCOMES NEW SECRETARY, PENNY HIGMAN
GRAND CHARITY CONCERT IN AID OF CANCER CARE
Please find below an email recieved from Jim Christophers, Secretary of Newquay MVC
Three Federation choirs are gearing themselves up for what promises to be a high energy evening of male voice choir singing in St Michael’s Church, Newquay at 7.30pm on Saturday, 20th May. Newquay Male Voice Choir will be performing with Four Lanes Male Choir and Pelynt Male Choir in a concert in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care. MD’s, Richard Braebrook, Tim Hosken and John Trethewey have drawn up a programme to show off all that is best from their respective choirs with a finale of pieces in which all three choirs will combine to try to raise the roof of what is a substantial building. The choirs are delighted to be joined by guest soloist, Alastair Taylor. Tickets can be reserved in advance at £6 a head by contacting Jim Christophers, Secretary of Newquay MVC, on 01637 878805 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission on the door will be £7
Item updated 09/05/17
Composer Russell Pascoe to lead Truro’s choir
Sent by John Larke, City of Truro MC
MEVAGISSEY MALE CHOIR journey to CYPRUS
Any man who enjoys singing or would just like to know more about Mevagissey Male Choir, call Graham Rundle on 07799512295 or visit the website www.meva-choir.co.uk.
Sent by Graham Rundle, Mevagissey MC
Obituary in memory of Andrew Schlemmer
Members of St Buryan Male Voice Choir are sad to announce the death of their Vice Chairman and Deputy Musical Director, Andrew Schlemmer.
Andrew joined the Baritones 13 years ago and rarely missed a practice. He was a very accurate singer and a good person for new members to sit next to. To say we will miss him is an understatement. Rest in peace old friend.
The funeral service for Andrew Schlemmer will be at St Buryan Parish Church on 25 April at 2.30 pm.
Sent by Mike Searle, St Buryan MVC
50 YEARS OF SERVICE
St Stythians Male Voice Choir Annual Gala Concert was held at Falmouth Methodist Church on Saturday 10th October 2015. Our guest choir was the Silver Ring Choir from Bath. This mixed choir is a well-travelled, well-known and talented group whom we were delighted to welcome to Cornwall. Our soloist was Karen Hurn, known for her performances throughout the County. The event was compèred by the inimitable Adrian Wilton with his rare blend of dialect comedy and knowledge of the choir scene. It was a wonderful evening and we hope to see and hear more of Silver Ring in future.
The concert also set the scene to mark a wonderful achievement. Our Musical Director of the last 29 years, Ken Downing, has completed 50 years of service with St Stythians Male Voice Choir. Ken joined the choir at the age of 14 as a top tenor. He has sung subsequently in each section of the choir and he also served as Secretary for 18 years (1976-1994). Shown here are Choir Chairman, Garnet Martin, presenting Ken with tokens of our appreciation and certificates marking 50 years with St Stythians MVC and from the Federation of Cornish MVC marking 50 years of service to singing in Cornwall. Remarkable records.
Our Choir treasurer, David Wilkin also received a Federation certificate marking his 50 years of singing in Cornwall with Chacewater, Holman Climax and St Stythians Choirs.
Sent by David Hutson, Secretary, St Stythians MVC
FRED LUCKRAFT CELEBRATES 90 YEARS
With cake and a toast of Puzzers Gunpowder strength Navy Rum from our lady supporters committee, Fred Luckraft celebrated his 90th birthday in style at choir practice.
Fred Luckraft is an inspiration to everyone in the Rame Peninsula Male Voice Choir. A member for 30 years, he is a very long term committee member and our representative for the Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs. He has many long term friends in the Federation.
In these pictures Fred is seen cutting the cake, going through the many cards with our President, John Woodfield, and receiving yet another bottle of Pussers Rum from our accompanist, Liz Sidebotham.
Fred never shirks from the heavy duties of moving the piano or lumping the chairs around and he remains one of the fittest men in the choir. Surely we can look forward to celebrating his 100th birthday in 10 years time.
Sent by Roland Stuart, Rame Peninsula MVC.
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 AGM. 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.
Item first posted 27/04/2015 and updated 20/07/2015
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.
MAGNIFICENT CHORAL PERFORMANCES AT THIS YEAR'S CIMVC FESTIVAL
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
ATTRACTING NEW INTEREST IN MALE VOICE SINGING
Here is a message from Rob Spowart of Newquay Male Voice Choir:
"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.
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.
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.
News item posted 24/03/2015
WELCOME to NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBERS - MENDIP MALE VOICE CHOIR
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.
News item posted 10/12/2014
A call from TRELAWNY SHOUT!
Calling all merry hearts and true - have you fixed the where? The‘when’ is already fixed! The Trelawny Shout is happening again this year - a charitable singing of The Song Of The Western Men in pubs across Cornwall at 9 pm on St Piran’s Day, 5th March.
How can choirs help this great community event? By scattering members into as many participating pubs as possible, and ’leading’ the singing at the magic hour. A constantly updated list of pubs will soon be available on the Trelawny Shout Facebook page - www.facebook.com/trelawnyshout, as well as on the Cornwall Community Foundation’s website - www.cornwallfoundation.com and the St Austell Brewery’s website too - www.st.austellbrewery.co.uk. If your local isn’t involved, chat up the landlord and make it happen! £8,000 raised last year, the target this year is £10,000. Every single penny stays in Cornwall.
Sent by Rebecca Gregson, Trelawny Shout
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
Kernowyon A Gan (Men of Cornwall Sing)!