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.
The ladies blend with the gentlemen – conductor Andrew Thomas
On Friday we were the guests of Holman Climax Male Voice Choir at their community Christmas concert. The hall was packed and the appreciative audience enjoyed a varied programme from the gentlemen, ourselves, Jim & Ria and compère Adrian Wilton. Favourite carols, including those of Merritt and Nicholas were sung, mince pies were consumed, humourous stories were enjoyed and everyone had a thoroughly Christmassy time.
Our next engagement is on Tuesday when we join with St Stythians MVC, St Stythians Band and the good folk of Stithians village to share music and festivities in the Stithians Centre.
” It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas!”
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?
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
Well, would you believe it? … the 1st of October already!
The Choir has returned reinvigorated after the summer break and the Ladies are getting to grips with the challenges ahead as we work towards Christmas ( not long now! ) We have been joined by several new potential members who are interested in singing with us and it’s great fun arriving at practice each Thursday not quite knowingly how many chairs we need. The sections of the choir are beautifully balanced now and the sound continues to grow in confidence and richness.
To see our concert diary for the Christmas period click HERE
Our new red jackets have arrived – fashion show soon.
Really looking forward to our 50th anniversary Gala Dinner 14th October
Our latest concert at Gwennap Church was another resounding success. Resounding to the fabulous singing of the Ladies, to the warm applause of the audience and to the crashing sound of the piano as our wonderful accompanist Rico surprised us with The Warsaw Concerto!
The Ladies relax after a job well done
Where has Vivienne hidden this time?
In the gentler moments Peggy and Sylvia told some humourous tales and Jo and Pat sang beautiful solos. The good people of Gwennap Church provided excellent refreshment and a tableful of homely produce was available to purchase as well as raffle tickets to win a lovely painting.
The weather was clement, the surroundings beautiful and the company entertaining in every way. What more could you wish for in Music For A Summer Evening?
WEDNESDAY JULY 13th at GWENNAP CHURCH
Beautiful Gwennap Church holds a series of concerts in June and July each year entitled Music For A Summer Evening. The evening starts at 7.30, there is an interval for refreshments and a sales table with delicious fresh produce and jams to tempt you. Entry is by donation.
SEE YOU THERE!
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!
Click on our Facebook page for some audience feedback.
A summer concert with a relaxed feel
in the beautiful surroundings of St. Budock Church.
We would love to see you there!
Read about the Motor Neurone Disease Association
and the Cornwall Branch
TOUR TO SOMERSET 2016
Stithians Ladies Choir with The Beatroots
All Saints Church, Long Ashton. June 4th 2016
Here are some of the photos taken on our trip away last weekend.
( Photocredit: Peter Asplet and Nigel Guzek )
A full report will appear very shortly, together with a recording –
so keep checking back!
It’s countdown to this year’s trip away and we are really looking forward to it. Our final practice is on June 2nd and we travel by coach to Clevedon on Friday. That evening we give a concert in St Mary’s Church, Clevedon where we will reconnect with our ex-accompanist Nigel Guzek and his wife Bridget.
Our wonderful team of organisers has arranged a two night stay in a top Bristol hotel and an excursion to the city of Bath on Saturday.
Saturday evening sees us in the village of Long Ashton near Bristol singing in All Saints Church, again accompanied by Nigel.
On this occasion we are joined by our friends The Beatroots from Oxford who shared a charity concert with us last summer at Budock Church. It is a privilege to work with such a talented group and we look forward to hearing their eclectic selection of A Capella vocals.
Our trip continues on Sunday with a visit to the National Trust property and gardens at Tyntesfield and then we come home! We will have lots to tell when we get back so watch this space for a full report.