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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).
The adjudicator, Marilynne Davies, BA; Med; LRAM; PGCA; FRSA, gave detailed and informed comments on all the choirs' pieces, with a touch of wry humour.

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.
Our practice night takes place every Tuesday night (7:45-9:30) in the schoolroom at Stithians Methodist Church, where there is plenty of parking (TR3 7AN).
Please check the choir website for further details; or follow us on Facebook.
You could also contact: Secretary: Jackie Dunstan 01872 553276; Chairman: John Houldsworth 01326 250744 or any other choir member.

Annual Dinner and Presentation Night 2018

St Stythians Male Voice Choir celebrated their annual dinner at the Penmorvah Manor Hotel last Friday (23rd November).
Over 70 choristers and friends enjoyed an excellent meal and were entertained by Akoustek. Karen Hurn and Barbara Martyn were the choir's guests of honour. Karen regaled her audience with humorous anecdotes from her musical past.
A prodigious fund raiser, Karen has used her "gift of singing" to raise approaching £200,000 for charity. Chairperson, John Houldsworth, then thanked Karen, the staff of the Penmorvah and J C Williams (Helston), the choir's main sponsor.
Long service awards were then presented to Mark Curnow for 10 years; John Musgrave, Mike Paddon, Glyn Pettifer, David Wilkin and Chris Dunstan for 20 years.
Chris was also presented with a certificate from the Cornwall Federation of Male Voice Choirs in recognition of 50 years' service, which included membership of other Cornish choirs.
Flowers were then presented to Lynda Jones (Ladies committee) and Karen Hurn, as well as a special presentation to Jackie Dunstan for her efficient work as choir secretary.
Once the formalities were completed, it was time to relax and socialise whilst listening to the smooth music of Akoustek.

Garnet Martin's Table

John Houldsworth making a presentation to Chris Dunstan

John Houldsworth making a presentation to Mark Curnow

Karen Hurn, Kathryn Downing and Barbara Martin

Ken and Kathryn Downing's Table

Ken Downing making presentation to Jackie Dunstan

Ken Downing presenting flowers to Karen Hurn

Ken Tregove's Table

Reports by John Houldsworth

Item updated 04/08/18


Building a Modern Choir

Picture of Russell with the new men

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
Publicity Officer for Truro Male Choir

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)
Item posted 06/08/2018


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


Rosemary Cole BEM B.Ed.hons FISM

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


From Left to Right
Ted Pinguey, Terry Hodge, John Trethewey, Phil Taylor, Steve Ley

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

Terry Hodge, Chairman, presents the President's Silver Plate Award
to John Larke MBE of 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.
The choir always try to be part of the local community, here are a few things they have been involved in during the past year.

1 Lady Mary Holborow Memorial Service at Truro Cathedral.
2 Singing at the bandstand of Victoria Gardens, Truro on two occasions as the Britain in Bloom Judges visited.
3 Participating in the Truro Day Celebrations.
4 Supporting Tregthnan Estate Charity Open Day.
5 Supporting Trewithwen Gardens Charity Open Day.
6 St Pirans Day Shot at the Rising Sun Pub.
7 Carols at Tregolls Manor Retirement home.
8 Managed all the choir competition and concert marshaling at the HFC during the International Festival.

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.
they held a joint concert with Truro School Wind Band and their Barbershop Choir.
They have also recruited younger singers and now have 7 members of the choir in the range of 13 - 21.

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.
Little Things & Co. are a UK based charity offering practical and emotional support to those who have suffered the loss of a baby.
The concert raised over £600 for the 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

Marazion Apollo Male Choir

At a summer concert held in St.Just Methodist Chapel with joint guests Pendeen Silver Band and St. Buryan Male Voice Choir, the concert raised a total of £1201.50 for each of two local charities. Presentations were recently made to St Julia's Hospice, Hayle, staff and the trustees of the Douglas Woolcock Foundation Trust based in St. Just

Report sent in by Stuart Meyers, Marazion Apollo Male Choir

Item updated 19/11/2017

Loveny Male Voice Choir

Loveny Male Voice Choir is delighted to welcome Marcus Alleyne to the position of our Musical Director, and looks forward to an enjoyable and successful partnership into the future, with the support of our Deputy Musical Director Colin Arthur.

Marcus Leeverson Alleyne

Following a premature end to a Royal Naval Medical career due a hockey injury it was the perfect opportunity to revert back to a childhood passion. Maintaining a very active role in music well into his late teens, the transition from medicine to music came easily. Since graduating from Plymouth University several Musical Director opportunities have arisen, and Marcus now holds several full time positions as either associate or resident MD. Current positions held : Music of the Night Choral Foundation, Plymouth Phoenix Chorale, Sterts Arts Centre, Sounds Musical Theatre Company, Cadon Chamber Choir, Levowan XII,d the SWPC, and Loveny MVC. A small amount of his time is also taken up by private vocal tuition and music theory. With a firm knowledge and wealth of experience in both choral and orchestral conducting there is a huge variety in the work that he performs on a daily basis…

Musician, academic, educator and conductor Marcus Leeverson Alleyne started his musical life at the age of 11 beginning piano tuition and maintaining the role as an active chorister. At the age of 15 he took part in his first opera accepting the lead role of Tamino, in Mozart’s Magic Flute, as one of the youngest tenors in Europe to do so. During this time he continued classical voice training under the tutelage of Jonathan Lewsey. Whilst studying Marcus received Young Musician of The Year Award and in the same year the Tim Timmis “services to music” award. During his graduate studies he worked closely Artistic Director of Peninsula Arts, Simon Ible and while here was fortunate enough to work alongside The Bournemouth Symphony and Ten Tors Orchestra, composer Nigel Shaw, Percussionist Evelyn Glennie and guitarist Craig Ogden.

Marcus also spent time conducting the University Student Choir, Big Band and Orchestra. In 2011 Marcus founded Orchestra 4 Cornwall, which continues to draw musicians from all over the country to raise funds for a variety of charities. Following the successful debut performance of O4C he was offered the position of resident Musical Director of The Music of The Night Choral Foundation, current holders of the Plymouth City Music Festival Mantle Cup for two consecutive years.

Marcus also currently holds the position of Musical Director with The Plymouth Phoenix Chorale. A 40 strong Devon based mixed chorus who focus on an incredibly eclectic repertoire of both sacred and secular spanning some 400 years. In addition to the ever increasing repertoire the Phoenix also aim to debut new contemporary compositions in at least one of their annual concerts. With connections to Bob Chilcott Codon Chamber Choir is North Cornwall’s answer to Harry Christopher’s 16, with its 18-20 versatile and experienced singers. Due to the wealth of experience the choir does not require a full time Musical Director and work with them is often more consultancy based during the lead up to performances.

As one of Plymouth’s oldest theatre companies, Sounds Musicals Theatre is one of the more recent appointments. With a strong focus on early musical theatre and experienced actors and musicians the company performs much of its annual works at the Devonport Playhouse, which is one of Plymouths best venues for amateur and professional theatre alike. This year Marcus was required to step in and take the leading role in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd just weeks before the opening night following the ill health of the original leading man. With his ever strengthening links with conductors and composers in America such as John Cornish and Dan Forrest, Marcus brings a unique style and sound to both choral and orchestral work throughout the South West and is often afforded the opportunity to premier and showcase new works from such composers. In the last 3 years he has showcased and premiered 8 pieces of contemporary music. In the summer of 2015 Marcus was appointed director of music for the then Palace Theatre Philharmonia and Chorus and was heavily involved in raising funds to support the restoration of the Union Street Theatre, however due to several reasons he resigned from the position in October 2016 and withdrew services from the charity running the restoration. Marcus then went on to develop the Southwest Philharmonia and Chorus utilising 140 musicians from across the peninsula.

Item submitted by Mick Anstice
Sec. Loveny MVC


Ted Pinguey
talking to the Duchess of Cornwall

Steve Ley
laughing with the Duchess of Cornwall

On Friday the 21st July 2017 there Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, paid a visit to Newquay. They were there to visit a new housings development where it was planned to have a tea party in honour of the Camilla’s birthday. Steve Ley and myself were invited to the event as representatives of The Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs. We were introduced to the Duchess and told her all about the Choirs here in Cornwall. The event had to be moved into the fire station because of the inclement weather. Everyone was grateful that they came to the rescue!!!!

Report by Ted Pinguey Publicity Officer for The Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs.

Item updated 18/08/2017

Grand Concert in Aid of the Coverack Flood Disaster

Combined Choir at Saltash Wesley Methodist Church

WHAT A FANATASTIC EVENING. Words cannot fully describe the concert last Friday evening, 4th August at Salatash Wesley Methodist Church, when a group of male choristers from Cornish male voice choirs gathered together to give a concert in aid of the Coverack Flood Disaster and what a memorable evening it turned out to be.

It all started just over a week ago when Phil Taylor, Musical Director of Burraton Male Voice Choir, asked the question during rehearsal, “who would be interested in doing a combined concert next Friday in aid of the Coverack Flood Disaster. Those available said yes and so the wheels went into action, emails were sent out and the choice of pieces chosen, phone calls made.

On the evening the choir was accompanied by Paul Fry on piano and Ken Pethick on organ and directed by Phil Taylor. 100 male voices joined together from different choirs mainly from the East of Cornwall and gave a packed audience a night to remember. The choral pieces, The Rose, Morte Criste, The Lords Prayer, Bring Him Home and many more were interspersed by soloists.

The guest soloists for the evening were, William Thomas (Baratone) from St. Ives, and instrumentalist Saltash born Michael Burke (Concert Pianist) from Manchester.
Both were absolutely amazing, William sing Anthem from Chess plus a tribute to Cornwall he wrote himself were some of the pieces he sang and Michael played two pieces from the composer Liszt.

The choirs represented were Burraton, Rame, Launceston, Liskerret, Loveny, Pelynt, Polperro, Tamar Valley, Tintagel, Marizion & others.

The concert as previously mentioned was in aid of the Coverack Flood Disaster and raised £1600 for this fund. Thank you all, choristers, audience and soloists for a wonderful evening.

Item updated 08/08/17


Terry Hodge, Chairman, presents the President's Silver Plate Award
to David Williams of Loveny MVC

At the Federation Annual General Meeting held on 9th May, Loveny 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.
Loveny always try to be part of the local community, here are a few things they have been involved in during the past year.

1 Each year we have a concert in St Neot with all proceeds going to the local community as a thank you for their support.
2 We go along to the local school and sing for and with the children in preparation for the annual carol concert
3 Sing with the children in the carol concert which is a wonderful and uplifting experience.
4 This year we sang at Mount Edgecombe Hospice for the switching on of the Christmas lights.
5 We went to Camel Creek Adventure Park and sang carols for the families staying there
6 After the children’s parade through the street at Bodmin for St Piran’s Day we will be leading the singing on Mount Folly with Trelawny etc.
7 We will be taking part in the Trelawny Shout at The Weavers public house on 5th March with good friends, good beer and great comradeship.

Item updated 01/06/17

Federation AGM

Item updated 31/03/2018

Man Engine Tour 2018

Please find below an email received from Sally Burley:

Invitation to sing as part of the Man Engine Resurrection Tour 2018

Dear Choirs,

We would like to invite any of your choir members to come and sing as part of the Man Engine Resurrection Tour 2018, therefore please can you pass on the information below:
The Man Engine choir will take part in the Afternoon ceremonies at Geevor and Heartlands on Saturday 31st March and Sunday 1st April respectively.
We will be singing two songs (mixed voice with 3 parts) and a simple chant.
To learn these songs Hilary Coleman will be holding 4 rehearsals:
- Two at Pendeen Parish Hall, Church Rd, TR19 7SE
on Tuesdays 6th & 20th March, 6-7:30pm
- Two at Heartlands, Chi an Bobel, Pool, TR15 3QY
on Tuesdays 13th & 27th March, 6-7:30pm
As a thank you for peoples participation we are offering ONE free ticket to each choir member for any of the Afterdarker performances (Geevor, Heartlands, Lostwithiel or Tavistock)
To be a part of the Man Engine Choir we ask that you attend at LEAST TWO of the four rehearsals offered.
Ideally please email either myself or Hilary to let us know you would like to be involved and you will then receive copies of the words and music.

Oll an gwella

Sally Burley

On behalf of Golden Tree Production

Item updated 14/02/2018

PM Sound

Please find below an email recieved from Paul Martyn of PM Sound

After more than 25 years, countless hours of recording, editing and producing on behalf of most of the male voice choirs in the Federation, I have decided that now is the time that I have to take off my headphones, stow away my equipment and bring PM Sound to a close. PM Sound has enjoyed a very long and very productive association with Cornish male voice choirs and I have gained enormous personal satisfaction from the part I have been able to play in helping the choirs to preserve their repertoires, record their development and disseminate their ‘sound’ to audiences all over the globe. We started with vinyl, then cassette tapes before moving on to CDs and other digital formats but at each stage PM Sound sought to produce recordings of the highest quality, showing off our Cornish choirs at their very best. I have made wonderful friendships within the male voice choir movement, enjoying the warm fellowship between the choirs; something that has never been more evident than when they have made the pilgrimages to the Royal Albert Hall and I have been delighted to have been invited by the Federation to record them.

I wish all male voice choirs in Cornwall all the best in the future and extend a warm welcome to anyone who is able to drop in for a chat (morning’s are best), especially if that gives us the opportunity to reminisce over some of the old times!

Best wishes to you all, Paul Martyn (PM Sound Tel: 01872 263300)

Item updated 29/01/17


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


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.

Mousehole Choir receiving The Ewart Kinsman Cup

Stephen Lawry with the
The Bob & Eileen Gilbert Baton.

Item updated 27/11/2016


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

Mrs Sibley receives the cheque for
Cornwall Music Service Trust

Mrs Jackie Davis and Sandra Gilbridge receives the cheque for
St Petroc's Society

Dr Pottnger receives the cheque for
The Cove Macmillan Support Centre

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 - if you would like more information.

Gans gorhemminadow a'n gwella

Bledhen Nowydh Da

Bewnans Kernow Trustees

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.

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”.
Non-partisan children's charity organization for Palestinian and Israeli children. Developing friendship and trust via arts, education, health and sports.

Item updated 04/02/17


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


Terry Hodge, Chairman, presents the President's Silver Plate Award
to Fred Luckraft of 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.

Graham Tucker receives
Certificate of Commendation on behalf of
Launceston MVC

Stephen Ley receives
Certificate of Commendation on behalf of
Burraton MVC

Item posted 11/05/2016


Penny Higman, Federation Secretary
At the Federation Annual General Meeting Penny Higman was warmly welcomed as the new Federation Secretary by the committee and all the members. Penny is an experienced secretary and has worked for many years in a secretarial and administrative capacity for different organisations. She takes over from Linda Jones who has resigned from the post. Linda will continue to manage the Federation website for the time being.

The Chairman thanked Linda Jones for her work as Federation Secretary for over 12 years. He presented her with a gift from the Federation, a beautiful, elegant vase made by Dartington Glass and a delicate pink orchid. Linda thanked the members for their kindness. She also thanked them for being such wonderful people to work with and praised the Federation for its many activities which raise thousands of pounds for charities and bring pleasure to so many with their wonderful music.

Item posted 11/05/2016

Terry Hodge, Chairman, makes presentation to
Linda Jones, retiring secretary


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 Admission on the door will be £7

Item updated 09/05/17

Composer Russell Pascoe to lead Truro’s choir

Russell Pascoe
City of Truro Male Choir are absolutely delighted that Cornish composer and bard, Russell Pascoe has agreed to become their new Musical Director. "We have tried to recruit Russell several times over the last few years and it is a great privilege for us that at last he has said 'yes'" said John Larke, Choir Chairman. Russell, well known for his wide range of compositions, wrote his first piece for this choir back in 1992 and they currently sing his popular composition, ‘My love is like a red, red rose’ . We look forward to new compositions written for us and new, exciting challenges.

"I have admired this award winning choir’s quality over the years” said Russell “and have also been impressed with their commitment in rehearsals and am looking forward to working with them in the future. It’s a lot of fun. Having conducted a variety of school choirs, including ‘The Cousin Jacks’, I know that there are hundreds of men in the community who have enjoyed the singing experience, and many who wished they had taken part when they were younger. The recent celebration of St Piran’s Day proved that there is an appetite for singing in pubs and I’d like to build on this with the choir, as well as performing concerts around the region. It’s going to be a lot of fun!”

City of Truro Male Choir rehearse every Thursday evening at All Saints Church, Highertown, Truro from 7.30 to 9.30 pm. Anyone interested should either come along at 7.15pm, contact Russell on FaceBook or ring John on 01872 865431 or 07968 515673 for more information.

Sent by John Larke, City of Truro MC

Item posted 03/05/2016


Mevagissey MC at the Minack Theatre

"A bit like the Minack, only HOTTER!" That's how the forthcoming tour to Cyprus later this year was presented to the Mevagissey Male Choir at the initial stages of planning. Having performed some successful joint concerts with both Plymouth and Culdrose Military Wives Choirs in Cornwall and Devon, the seed was planted in the mind of Graham Rundle, the tour organiser, and so a trip to Cyprus was decided.

"We have performed sell-out concerts with the Plymouth Military Wives Choir in the past, including the Minack Theatre and knowing Cyprus well, one thing lead to another. After an email to the Military Wives Choirs in Cyprus the outcome was for Mevagissey Male Choir to be invited out there in October 2016 to perform a Gala Concert with both the Military Wives Choirs of RAF Akrotiri and Episkopi. The venue for this concert is scheduled to be at the iconic ancient Roman amphitheatre at Curium, built in 2 BC. It has featured gladitorial contests in the past so no pressure!!"

Curium Amphitheatre in Limassol

Military Wives Choir RAF Akrotiri
While in Cyprus the choir has also been requested to perform a concert in their own right for the Army Benevolent Fund at the Pissouri amphitheatre, again open air, but of a much more recent construction. A favourite of the 'ex-pat' community.

The choir has quite a heavy work load for this year - a victim or their own success - and kick off their season at the iconic Minack Theatre in May, back by popular request following their previous sell-out performance there. Many local concerts follow plus our acclaimed 'concerts on the quay' of Mevagissey harbour throughout August, not least a performance at the Hall for Cornwall in September, featuring some very special guests. Then culminating with the Cyprus Tour in October.

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

Sent by Graham Rundle, Mevagissey MC

Item posted 02/05/2016

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
Item posted 10/04/2016


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.

Choir Chairman, Garnet Martin making the presentations to MD, Ken Downing

Sent by David Hutson, Secretary, St Stythians MVC
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Birthday celebrations for Fred Luckraft of Rame Peninsula MVC

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.
Item posted 01/09/2015

MOUSEHOLE MVC win the President's Plate Award 2015

Phil Taylor, Vice Chairman, presents Peter Robinson of Mousehole MVC with the
President Plate for 2015 at the Federation meeting on 16 July 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.

Vice Chairman, Phil Taylor, presents
Certificate of Commendation to Gordon Davison, representing Launceston MVC

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

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.
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

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


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


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 -, as well as on the Cornwall Community Foundation’s website - and the St Austell Brewery’s website too - 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
Item posted 11/01/2016


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)!
Royal Albert Hall Charity Concert rasies: £73,426.71

Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs disburses proceeds of the massed male voice choir charity concert, Kernowyon A Gan (Men of Cornwall Sing), to recipients
Photograph by Eric Heesom

There was much to talk about when over 100 invited representatives of Cornish male voice choirs gathered together at the Lanhydrock Hotel on Friday, 7th March, to witness the disbursement of the proceeds of the massed male voice choir charity concert organised by the Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs at the Royal Albert Hall in London last November. A total of £73,426.71 was presented to the RNLI, Cornwall Hospice Care and the BBC Radio Cornwall Appeal, each charity receiving a sum of £24,475.57.

Terry Hodge, Chairman of the Federation, reflected on “a truly remarkable evening at the Royal Albert Hall” and thanked “all those involved, including those who attended the concert and filled the venue, for their effort and support in raising such a magnificent sum for the three charities. It was beyond our wildest dreams that so much would be raised. There is no doubt that the funds presented this evening will have a significant impact on the work of three excellent charities for the benefit of people in and of Cornwall.”

Guy Botterill, RNLI Fundraising Manager for the south west, and Suzanne Tanner, representing the St Ives RNLI branch, received their donation to the RNLI from John Trethewey, Treasurer of the Federation and president of Looe RNLI. They explained that the money would be used to help to provide a new tractor for the St Ives lifeboat. Suzanne was astonished by the amount which meant that they had just about reached their target.

In receiving the donation for Cornwall Hospice Care, made by Terry Hodge, Chairman of the Federation, Kevin Marsh, Facilities Manager, emphasised how important fundraising is for the work of the organisation and thanked those involved with the concert who had helped to raise such an impressive amount.

Daphne Skinnard, Assistant Editor for BBC Radio Cornwall, accepted the cheque on behalf of the BBC Radio Cornwall Appeal from Phil Taylor, Vice-chairman of the Federation. She explained that the appeal now would be raising funds to support local community initiatives. The amount donated to the appeal was several times more than anything expected and gives the new appeal a tremendous start.

The above photograph shows the presenters and recipients of the cheques surrounded by representatives of some of the choirs who participated in the concert and attended the presentation evening. During the evening souvenir photographs were presented to the four Musical Directors, Stephen Lawry, Elaine Tangye, Judith Pinguey and Phil Taylor, who prepared and conducted the massed choir, and to Bishop Tim Thornton who so expertly compered the event. Others recognised by the Federation were accompanists, Annette Turton, Elizabeth Sidebotham, George Smith and Chris Bennett, along with organist, Jonathan Delbridge, and guests, Angela Renshaw, on behalf of Cambiata Cornwall, and Tim Boulton, on behalf of the Cornwall Youth Orchestra. Eric Pinch, the singing cyclist, was also recognised for his efforts in single-handedly raising over £1,000 as a result of his sponsored cycle ride from Tavistock to the Royal Albert Hall. George Smith, a stalwart within male voice choir circles, has since passed away. The news of George’s passing was met with great sadness and regret by all members of the Federation.

Sent by Jim Christophers, Publicity Officer, CFMVC

Message from Eric Pinch

I would like to thank the Federation in presenting to me a certificate of appreciation for my cycle ride to the Royal Albert Hall last November. Also to the various choirs and individuals that sponsored me and to those who gave to me on my journey.

It is just 2 years since I joined the Tamar Valley Choir and what a time it has been - so many memories, with the Albert Hall right at the top. Next cycling adventure a circular: Essex, the Norfolk Broads to Yorkshire and return. In 2015 a cycling tour of the Cornwall International Male Voice Choir Festival catching a few concerts around the Duchy as well as attending our own concert in Callington.

Once again Many Thanks,
Eric "The Singing Cyclist"

Item posted 01/05/2014

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