Our next concert

Come and join us at Carnon Downs Methodist Church on Saturday 30th June. Fabulous music, scrummy refreshments and all for the New Heli Appeal.

See you there!

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Devon delights

This year’s trip away saw the Ladies travelling to north Devon to sing with the gentlemen of Barnstaple Male Voice Choir. We had a lovely coach ride northwards stopping for coffee at Port Isaac and then for some retail therapy at Atlantic Village. We stayed at the Durrant House Hotel

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which was conveniently situated only minutes from the concert venue   – St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

The church is beautifully situated with a stunning view …

We were were lucky to be able to visit the church on Saturday morning to have a practice and sort out the logistics of the performance to be held that evening. After that the coach took us on a superb visit to the National Trust property at Arlington Court.

In the evening Northam church resounded to the music of two excellent choirs who provided a wonderfully varied programme to a highly appreciative audience. The weather was balmy, the acoustics warm and resonant, there were yummy refreshments to enjoy and a large sum was raised to help with the appeal for St Margaret’s roof. What more could you want on a relaxing summer’s evening?

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After the concert spirits were high, compliments abounded and we did not want to end the evening so the gentlemen came back to our hotel and shared some more refreshments – a good time was had by all!

Sunday was departure day and on the way back we stopped at the gorgeous RHS Rosemoor gardens which were at their most stunning in the Summer sunshine. From there we headed home having sampled some of the many delights that Devon has to offer ( but still eating our scones/jam/cream the correct Cornish way! )

Photos courtesy of Peter, Pete and Suzanne

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Well? …… Done!

Our first charity concert of 2018 was held to support the work of Cara Coweth Water Sierra Leone, a Stithians based charity which helps to provide clean water in some of the most remote villages in Sierra Leone.

Choir members Monica and Mollie, seen here on a previous visit,

will be winging their way shortly to the village of Yamkoboh bearing funds which will enable the start of a new well – hence the title of this article!

Our concert was held in the wonderful acoustic of St Mary’s Catholic Church, Helston and we were thrilled to be joined by the Pentyr Singers 

and flautist Maia Roberts. The weather outside was wet and windy but the spirits of the audience were uplifted as both choirs sang their hearts out and Maia,

(pictured here holding her trophy from the recent County Music Festival) entertained and amazed us with her confidence, maturity and musical skill. The Choir is grateful to all the wonderful people who gave of their time, talents and hospitality to help raise money for this exceptional charity. Now we can move forward into Spring having done a little bit to enrich some lives – musically in Cornwall and aquatically in Sierra Leone!

Safe journey Mollie and Monica – we need you back for our next concert!    (19th May at Probus Village Hall with Imerys Mid-Cornwall Male Choir)

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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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What a fabulous evening!

Stithians Ladies Choir in action again …

this time hosting a concert to support the work of Penhaligon’s Friends

Saturday 22nd July saw the Ladies, together with their special guests the Trengilly Singers and The Beatroots, singing their hearts out in the wonderful surroundings of Truro School Chapel. This was undoubtedly the most musically varied concert they have hosted as the genres were wonderfully diverse ( madrigals to beatbox ) and the associated musical time span was enormous( 16th to 21st centuries ) There really was something to appeal to all tastes and the audience loved it – so did the performers.

THE TRENGILLY SINGERS conductor Melanie Uren

Compère Janette Eathorne kept everyone on their toes with witty links and Cornish anecdotes and Maestro Rico Gerber accompanied both Trengilly and Stithians from the grand piano which was facing away from both conductors ( we told you he was wonderful! ) There were refreshments in the interval with so much left over that they were polished off afterwards, a large table was replete with raffle prizes and everyone there was most generous.

The Beatroots outside Truro School chapel

During the evening a representative from Penhaligon’s Friends, a local charity which helps and supports children at a time of bereavement, told us about the importance of their work and how it all depends on voluntary contributions. We don’t yet know how much our efforts raised but we will let you know as soon as we can and you can rest assured that a large cheque will be winging its way in their direction very soon.

“We are a Cornish charity supporting bereaved children, young people, parents and carers throughout the county. We offer children and young people the chance to meet others and share their experiences, as well as practical resources for children and parents”

 

Stithians Ladies Choir would like to thank all the fabulous musicians who helped with this concert and gave so generously of their time, expertise and cash! Thanks also to Truro School for the use of their wonderful facilities and their excellent team of people who helped us.

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Here is a slideshow of photographs from the concert … enjoy!

 

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Photos courtesy of Peter Asplet

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Another £1000!

WE ARE PROUD

Yes. For the third time in a row a Stithians Ladies concert has raised £1000 for charity. Well, to be honest, we made nearly that amount after expenses and the members voted unanimously to make it up to the round figure.

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Stithians Ladies with Holman Climax Male Voice Choir.  20th May 2017

We shall be inviting representatives from Marie Curie Cornwall to visit us soon so that we can present a cheque which will help in their invaluable work.

Watch this space!

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Be Thou My Vision

The Ladies added this song to their repertoire just in time for our recent concert in aid of Marie Curie. They loved learning it and singing it so here is the very first public performance. As it was recorded on a little gizmo from the audience there is a little distortion towards the end – sorry!

“Be Thou My Vision” arr. Dan Forrest

Rico Gerber accompanies on piano with Becky McGlade ‘cello.

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