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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Upcoming concerts

Tomorrow, Wednesday 10 June, we have a concert at Gwennap Church as part of their summer evening concert series. It starts at 7.30pm.

Later in the month, on Saturday 27th, we are at Budock Church, and will be joined by The Beatroots from Oxford. They are an a cappella group of nine Oxford University postgraduates who sing their own imaginative arrangements of pop songs, combining harmonies and vocal percussion with a splash of humour.
“Wicked blend…a professional and entertaining performance”
Clare Wheeler, The Swingle Singer
“Totally captivating… stunning sound, awesome groove and beautifully precise tone”                                                                                   
Dominic Peckham

More about The Beatroots can be found on their Facebook page, along with some newly uploaded videos if you fancy a preview.