Celebrations …

Our latest Charity fundraising concert was a resounding success, musically, socially and financially. So much so that we presented ANOTHER cheque for £1000!,  this time to the Cornwall Down’s Syndrome Support Group.

Pictured above are members of the choir at their practice on Thursday March 30th with President Thelma together with choir member Audrey, (in the pink scarf) her grandson Jayden and his parents, Paul and Sandra, representing the charity.

Jayden has ambitions to be our accompanist!

We realise that our contribution will make a difference to the lives of those local people who rely on the support of this amazing group. We are tremendously grateful to those good folk who continue to encourage the  choir by coming to concerts, giving raffle prizes, helping out and digging deep into their pockets. Any project like this is a joint venture and lots of people should be very proud of this tremendous result.

So on we go to our next concert, fundraising for Marie Curie – only 8 weeks to go!   Why not join us there?

Saturday 20th May 7.30 at Falmouth Methodist Church on the Moor.

with special guests Holman Climax Male Voice Choir

and Becky McGlade ‘cello.

 Read more about it HERE

SEE YOU THERE!

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More photos of this lovely occasion ( by Alan, Jayden’s Grandad ) It was Jayden’s 5th birthday and we also had several birthdays and a golden wedding anniversary to celebrate. Click to enlarge

We’re back!

Our first concert of 2017

We had a lovely time at our first concert of the new season. Our friends from the Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir ventured across The Bridge to join us at Carnon Downs Methodist chapel and sing for Cornwall Down’s Syndrome Support Group. The gentlemen from Devon gave us some excellent performances despite being only half their usual number, the dreadful winter illness that many of us have succumbed to having taken its toll. We commend them on their fortitude under very difficult circumstances – thank you chaps, Proper Job!

The Ladies too were in fine form performing two of the new pieces we have been learning, along with some of our recent repertoire. And to top off a lovely evening there were scrummy refreshments for all ( yes .. enough for two choirs and a large, enthusiastic audience! )

During the evening Sandy from The Cornwall Down’s Syndrome Support Group explained what life can be like with a Down’s child in the family, using a heart-felt, emotive analogy which touched us all. Hands delved deep into pockets and money was raised by ticket sales, donations and a gigantic raffle. Very soon, when all the money has been counted, we will be able to say how much we are able to donate to this hugely worthy local charity and we look forward to handing over a sizeable cheque. So many good people gave generously of their time, talents, energies and expertise and we thank them all for making a thoroughly enjoyable evening. This was only the first of a whole series of concerts that the choir is featuring this year – click HERE to read about future events.

And while we wait for the amount raised to be finalised here are a few photos of the evening.

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A poignant Carol service

Today, 19th December, is when many people in Cornwall and the wider community think back to the Penlee lifeboat disaster of 1981.

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At our carol service on Thursday 22nd there will be a poignant reminder of the dreadful events of that night and a time for quiet reflection at this busy time of year.  We would love to see you there.

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St Stythians Church 7.30 on Thursday 22nd with a collection for the Penlee Lifeboat Station appeal. There will be festive food afterwards at The Stithians Centre next door.

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Images from the Penlee lifeboat station official site and Facebook.

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Christmas is coming!

The Choir has been working very hard preparing their songs for the coming series of concerts celebrating the Christmas season. Why don’t you join us for these festive occasions?

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SUNDAY 4th DECEMBER 3pm at the Methodist Church, Stithians.                Traditional carols with St Stythians Male Choir and members of the wider community of Stithians.

FRIDAY 16th 7pm at Camborne Science and International Academy.             Carols and festive songs together with Holman-Climax Male Voice Choir.

TUESDAY 20th 8pm at The Stithians Centre                                          Carols, songs and Christmas music with St Stythians Male Choir and St Stythians Band.

THURSDAY 22nd 7.30pm at St Stythians Church                                 ‘Carols and Candlelight’ a celebration of light at Christmas time. Free entry with a collection in aid of the Penlee Lifeboat Station Appeal.

ALL ARE WELCOME

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Beautiful Budock

STITHIANS LADIES CHOIR SUMMER CONCERT

Saturday July 2nd found the Ladies singing at St Budock Church, helping to raise money for the Cornwall branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

An unusual perspective of the choir!

Pictured together with guest performer Anne Parkes and accompanist Rico Gerber. Not pictured is deputy MD Vivienne Nicholas who managed to hide behind the pulpit!

A large and enthusiastic audience appreciated the varied programme sung by the Ladies which contrasted nicely with the jazz and blues songs provided by Anne Parkes and the piano solo from Maestro Rico Gerber. Peter Asplet as compère held the whole evening together – “Together” being the final number from the Ladies and the recurring theme of their enduring harmonious friendships.

The event was beautifully organised by Connie and Peter Asplet with scrummy refreshments by members of the Church and well over £500 was raised for MND Cornwall. A huge thank you to everyone!

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Click on our Facebook page for some audience feedback.

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£650+

Yes, you read that correctly … the choir helped to raise the amazing sum of £650       ( and counting! ) at the concert they gave on Saturday 16th April.

It was a really lovely evening shared by a large, enthusiastic audience, with our good friends the Glee Singers and enhanced by the acoustics and welcoming ambience of Camborne Catholic Church. Even the weather was on our side!

The ladies sang their hearts out – beautiful music sung with soul and accompanied by our very own treasure Rico, his first concert with us. The Glee Singers with their own style of relaxed a Capella music had the audience smiling and tapping their feet. Thank you for joining us, gentlemen.

The success of the event was, of course, due to the hard work of many people, including those who organised the raffle, dealt with the catering, carried and set up heavy equipment, provided prizes and the myriad things which go towards an enjoyable event. And what a wonderful amount was raised by the very generous audience and various donations. This £650 ( and rising ) is the first amount raised to go towards the next undertaking by Cara Coweth Water Sierra Leone – providing solar energy for the town of Medina which will cost an estimated £10,000 to £14,000.

Thank you to everyone

Job well done!

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This Charity begins at home …

Our first concert of the new season will be in aid of Cara Coweth Water, Sierra Leone.

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Cara Coweth is a charity founded in Stithians, Cara Coweth being Cornish for “A caring group of people working together” and the aim is to raise money to build clean drinking water wells in rural areas of Sierra Leone.The money sent covers the cost of the materials, many of which are given at a discounted price by local businesses. The wells themselves are hand-dug by the local people.

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Choir members Mollie and Monica on one of their visits to Sierra Leone

The availability of clean water doesn’t only benefit health. Children usually head out into the jungle in the mornings to find water to carry home. The time spent doing this prevents them from going to school, therefore with water available on their doorstep the children can go to school and improve their prospects for the future.

Pictured below is the first official well, which was presented to the people of Lungi Village on the 5th April 2013. Future plans include more wells and funding for solar panels to run the generators at Madina. £10,000 needs to be raised so that renewable energy can replace costly fuel.

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The choir is honoured and delighted to be able to support this remarkable charity and we would love all our friends and followers to join us at the concert so that we can raise lots of money.

Here are the details:-

SATURDAY APRIL 16th  7.30pm at the Church of St John the Baptist, Camborne.

Plenty of parking available. Admission free with donations invited. Refreshments and raffle afterwards. Guest appearance by the ever popular Glee Singers.

Read about Cara Coweth Water HERE

Cara Coweth Water Facebook page HERE

Find St John’s Church, Trevu Road, Camborne HERE

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A Stithians Choir supporting a Stithians Charity…

a Charity which may begin at home but has profound and far reaching results

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