We are looking forward to our first concert of 2018
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The Ladies have now completed their Christmas engagements and are preparing to enjoy the festive season with their loved ones. Here is a photo taken at the annual Carol celebration at The Stithians Centre. A young member of the audience was enlisted to play the djembe which accompanies “Gaudete, Christus est natus”
Perhaps she will be a Stithians Lady when she is older … she already has the confidence and musicality!
We would like to thank all readers of these pages, our families and friends for their continuing and highly valued support during this past year. We look forward to sharing more music and laughter with you all very soon.
Saturday 9th December was memorable because an icy Arctic blast brought freezing temperatures and snow to many parts of the UK. Luckily the snow did not reach Cornwall but Stithians Ladies needed all their resolve when they reached their concert venue … Budock Church, with all its ethereal beauty, had a heating malfunction! With enviable stoicism they tackled the first part of their programme wearing their fetching red and black uniform …but after a while, watching The Saxy Maids struggle with their very cold fingers … (but somehow making a gorgeous sound)
Considering the conditions everyone did remarkably well – including the audience, all of whom stayed with us and enjoyed some truly fabulous music. The Saxy Maids swung some gorgeous arrangements, accompanist Rico introduced us to a new composer, President Thelma read a humorous poem
… you try singing whilst in fits of laughter! Actually it was just what we needed at that point and spirits were lifted as we approached the final song. Afterwards everyone was very glad of a nice cup of tea and some beautiful home made refreshments, really pleased that they had been able to support Children’s Hospice South West whose representative came along to explain how the donations make a huge difference to their work.
This concert was memorable in several ways, raising a significant sum for a truly worthy cause and raising the awareness of many people that Stithians Ladies always rise to a challenge and will not be defeated!
STITHIANS LADIES CHOIR. for the joy of music and friendship
photos courtesy of Peter Williams
A chilly November day saw the Ladies boarding a coach to give a concert in Northlew, Devon. An invitation had come via a long term friend of Chairman Peggy and the Ladies voted to include our long term friends The Glee Singers.
The village of Northlew is blessed with a wonderful community hall which has modern facilities and a lovely welcoming atmosphere. Equally welcoming were the hosts and the audience and our efforts were rewarded with a fabulous supper. Not a single person was hungry when we got back on the coach and we returned to Cornwall with a sense of achievement and broad smiles. We love doing what we do!
And here is a beautiful study of our amazing accompanist Rico Gerber taken by loyal supporter Peter Williams.
Undeterred by the disappointment of their cancelled concert last week – ( it was all Brian’s fault! ) the Ladies sallied forth on a cold Sunday evening to entertain the good folk of Edgecumbe Chapel. The weather may have been chilly but the atmosphere was warm as the Choir sang their hearts out to an appreciative audience.
Our wonderful accompanist, Rico, played a splendid solo piece as well as leaping up and down to the organ loft to play for the community hymns.
Sylvia entertained us with a couple of humorous poems and the Edgecumbe concert organisers provided some very delicious refreshments. All in all a fine evening’s entertainment. WELL DONE LADIES.
And since we are approaching the end of our 50th birthday celebrations here is a lovely study of what Stithians Ladies Choir represents ….
Sisters Marlene and Angeline ( wearing the special badges of honour ) along with several other founder members, have been in the choir since the beginning. That’s 50 years of dedication, commitment and loyalty, binding friendships and that unique feeling that comes with sharing wonderful music and a joint sense of purpose and belonging. With Ladies like these the choir continues to go from strength to strength – and don’t they look good on it?
HERE’S TO THE NEXT 50 YEARS!
photos courtesy of Peter Williams
We are looking forward to sharing a great evening of music.
Now you know what to do with that extra hour!
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Some concerts are just not meant to be.
The Ladies were really looking forward to sharing an evening of music with Marazion Apollo Male Voice Choir and St Stythians Band but the omens were not good when Ophelia blew down and thoroughly shredded the advertising banner attached to All Saints Church. Now that Storm Brian is well and truly heading towards us the choir has decided to take the safe course and cancel the concert sceduled for Saturday 21st October.
Such a decision is not taken lightly and we would like to thank all the good people involved for their understanding. We look forward to rescheduling the event and raising money to support The Cove Macmillan Support Centre.
Once again Stithians Ladies Choir has raised a significant sum for charity, this time for Penhaligon’s Friends, a local charity which helps and supports children and young people at a time of bereavement. The fund raising concert was held on a balmy evening in July when the Trengilly Singers and the Beatroots generously shared their talents.
At a recent practice night we were joined by Mike Bearcroft from Penhaligon’s Friends who was delighted to receive our cheque.
Marazion Apollo Male Voice Choir & St Stithians Band are our guests.
Donna Birrell from Radio Cornwall is the compère
All Saints Church, Falmouth at 7.30.
In aid of The Cove Macmillan Support Centre.
We would love to share an evening of music with you to support the work of this excellent and essential local service. Please take a minute to watch this video to appreciate all that they do for the people of Cornwall and Devon.
TICKETS ON THE DOOR OR FROM CHOIR MEMBERS – £5