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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
Item posted 12/10/2015


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

Last archived on 19 September 2016 by Stephen Ley