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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)!