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.
LOSTWITHIEL JULY 1st 2017
We took part in a lovely summer concert at St Bartholomew’s, Lostwithiel to raise funds for Cornwall Hospice Care. The weather was clement, the audience numerous and enthusiastic and the musical programme, which we shared with Lostwithiel Town Band, interesting and varied. The Ladies sang their hearts out and sounded magnificent in the warm acoustic of the church. They were a perfect musical foil for the rousing tones of the band and mutual admiration was expressed during the interval when they shared some refreshments. Our President Thelma gave one of her humourous monologues with the help of the unflappable Rico, the compère Tamsin Thomas kept the pace flowing and everyone sang Trelawney at the end – a really good evening’s entertainment for a really worthy cause. The concert organisers tell us that over £800 was raised and we were delighted to be part of this sterling effort by so many.
Here are some mementos of a really happy occasion
Our next concert is to support the work of Penhaligon’s Friends. Saturday 22nd July 7.30 at Truro School Chapel.
Earth hour, marked by communities throughout the world, was at 20.30 last Saturday … right in the middle of our concert! It was a little unrealistic to do a whole hour in the dark ( without a lot of forward planning anyway ) but we did manage to perform one song with the chapel lights as dim as possible. It wasn’t much but at least we did mark the occasion in our small corner of Cornwall.
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.
Weekly rehearsals begin again this Thursday, 3 September, after our summer break in August. We’ll be getting ready for our next concert, which is on Saturday 19 September at All Saints Church in Falmouth, and hoping that everything hasn’t been forgotten since July!
We’ve all been getting ready for the concert tonight at Budock Church in various ways. The Beatroots have arrived from Oxford and spent much of the day on the beach!
Image from The Beatroots facebook page
Looking forward to an entertaining evening. It starts at 7.30pm.
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”
More about The Beatroots can be found on their Facebook page, along with some newly uploaded videos if you fancy a preview.
We’re looking forward to our concert in Hatherleigh tomorrow evening.
It starts at 7.30pm in Hatherleigh Methodist Church. We’re being joined by The Glee Singers.
More information available via http://www.hatherleigh.net/events.asp
After an enjoyable concert last night at Chacewater Church, we have another concert on Monday 14 July. We’ve been invited to sing at the annual Stithians Show concert which takes place on the Showground in the evening, with St Stithians Band. The concert starts at 8pm and tickets will be available on the door.