True Grit!

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)

MD Bea, herself resorting to the trusty duffle coat …gave the order to don the coats and scarves. Relief!

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

and Lee brought the house down with her Santa hat!

… 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.

Thanks also to compere Andrew Thomas who was obviously tougher than  everyone – note the lack of outer garments!

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

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photos courtesy of Peter Williams

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Delight in deepest Devon

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!

Scrummy Devon delights!

And here is a beautiful study of our amazing accompanist Rico Gerber taken by loyal supporter Peter Williams.

 Kindness and gentleness personified.

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Our recent concert

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!

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photos courtesy of Peter Williams

It’s all Brian’s fault!

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.

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Friends supporting Friends

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.

President Thelma and deputy treasurer Connie present a Big Cheque to Ike Bearcroft.

At a recent practice night we were joined by Mike Bearcroft from Penhaligon’s Friends who was delighted to receive our cheque.

 

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Our next concert is …

SATURDAY 21st OCTOBER

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

Click this link  >  for The Cove website 

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The Ladies in Action!

It is not often that the choir ladies get the chance to see and hear themselves in action. Here is a video taken from the balcony at Truro School Chapel in July when we presented a concert together with the Trengilly Singers and The Beatroots to support the work of Penhaligon’s Friends.

We had great fun in the final song which was “Together” with The Beatroots. Enjoy!

It was wonderful concert and at our next practice we will be joined by a representative of Penhaligon’s Friends and we will present them with a cheque for the funds raised.

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A Stithians triple success

CHARITY CONCERT IN STITHIANS

image courtesy of St Stythians MVC facebook

The village of Stithians is remarkable in several ways – a lovely place to live with many amenities including a school, shops, pub, churches and a thriving community hall. But it is rare to find a village so well served with musical activities, in particular a Male Voice Choir, now celebrating 70 years, a silver band celebrating 90 years and our own Stithians Ladies Choir a mere 50 years old!

On Saturday 30th September the men’s choir hosted a lovely charity concert in the Methodist Church at Stithians involving all three musical groups and a magnificent £950 was raised to support the work of Motor Neurone Disease ( Cornwall ) With Adrian Wilton as compère and a wonderful audience the poor weather was forgotten and everyone had a thorough good time and we felt privileged to be part of such an uplifting evening.


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