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There are no reports available for the years 2005 -2010.  If anyone reading this has any old newspaper cuttings the webmaster would be delighted to hear from you.

2012

Very busy Christmas season for St Ives Community Choir

   Saturday 24th Novembersaw the beginning of a very busy time for the choir, where they performed a mixture of Christmas songs at the Wyevale Garden Centre, Lelant from 2:30-3:30p.m.  Many of the songs were well known and the audience were encouraged to join in.  The afternoon was extremely wet andthe choir were glad to be performing inside the shop.  Although not a large amount of shoppers ventured out that afternoon, everyone involved enjoyed the relaxed mode, with many choirs members wearing something 'Christmassy'.

   The Guildhall at St Ives was the next venue, on Sunday 2nd December, where the choir performed several pieces including the Cornish carol, 'Lo! He comes'.  This annual concert was hosted by the Salvation Army and  a large audience attended.

   Tuesday 4th Decemberwas the annual Rotary Concert at the St Ives Parish Church, where the choir led the congragational singing andperformed several pieces.  This is a regular commitment for the choir.  Once again the church was packed with parents eager to see their children, as each local school performed Christmas songs.

 

          "May I thank you on behalf of the Rotary for making Tuesday's Christmas Celebration such

           a successful event....  We hope you will be able to take part next year."

 

Quote from letter from John Shearn (St Ives Rotary Club)

   The following day, Wednesday 5th December, the choir were invited to celebrate the switching on of the Carbis Bay Christmas tree lights by town mayor, Councillor Ron Tulley, outside the Methodist Chapel.  This was followed by a concert inside at 7:00p.m.

   The week's busy schedule concluded with another concert.  The venue this time was Hellesveor Methodist Church in St Ives on the evening of Friday 7th December at 7:30p.m.

   The Christmas engagements continued on Tuesday 18th Decemberat Towednack Parish Church, who hosted  a special carol concert, followed by light festive refreshments.  The accompanist for the evening was Una Skellington.  Rev. Elizabeth Foot, Priest in charge of Towednack introduced the event, and there were several carols sung to the accompaniment of the church bell plate ringers. 

 

             "I am writing on behalf of Towednack Parish Church to say thank you to the St Ives Community

          Choir for the excellent concert you performed at the church last week.  The programme of music

          was just right to make all who attended feel "Christmassy".  Please convey our thanks to the

          choir members."

 

Julie Curtis (Hon Sec Towednack PCC)

   Friday 21st December brought a gentle, relaxing and enjoyable end to the busy Christmas schedule for those members of the choir who were available.  The St Ives branch of Barclay's Bank invited them to sing at the branch's Community Christmas Party.  Staff and customers were treated to an array of well known pieces with the aid of backing tracks.  Sherry and mince pies were abundant.  The idea was to bring a little festive cheer and it worked a treat.
St Elwyn's Church Hayle for Children's Hospice South West

             "On behalf of the Hayle Group of Friends for Children's Hospice South West (Little Harbour) I would

          like to thank St Ives Community Choir for the excellent concert it put on for us at St Elwyn's Church on

          Sunday 16th September.  £222 was raised and the choir, under the directorship of William Thomas,

          performed a varied programme with some excellent solos.

             The acoustics of St Elwyn's enhanced a lovely concert which was thoroughly enjoyed by the limited

          number of people in the audience.  The compere for the evening, Janette Eathorne, had us all laughing

          with her Cornish stories and unmistakable local accent."

 

 

John Burrows CHSW treasurer for Hayle Friends' Group in Cornishman 27th September

 Bandstand Marathon at Trewyn Gardens

   St Ives will mark the end of the London 2012 Festival on the final day of the Paralympic Games with the St Ives choirs joining in the Cornwall Council's  Bandstand Marathon in Trewyn Gardens, St Ives.  The choirs performing will be St Ives Community Choir and Fore Street Methodist Church Choir.

   St Ives Cllr. Joan Symons, Cornwall Councillor and Cabinet Member for Culture said, "I'm delighted to welcome this to my home town.  The gardens are a magnificent setting to enjoy good music and Cornwall is after all, the Land of Song."

   The event at Trewyn Gardens will be one of hundreds of outdoor concerts taking place simultaneously in bandstands and outdoor performance spaces across the UK. 

   William Thomas, local organiser, said, "Our event is an expression of what can be achieved through harmony and cooperation using the medium of music and song.  It is a great opportunity to be part of the national celebrations [of the London Olympic 2012] in this beautiful setting, sitting on a blanket with a cream tea or a glass of wine while listening to Cornish voices singing from the heart. The concerts will be free, beginning at 2:00p.m. and concluded around 4:00p.m. on Sunday 9th September."

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Newlyn Fish Festival Monday 27th August 2012

          "The St Ives Community Choir led by William Thomas sang on the stage when it was slightly

            better  weather, and they entertained for 11/4 hours, Then down came the rain again plus

            the wind but they bravely carried on , well done the Community Choir. A great sound from

            this choir with a wonderful selection of music. The second year that they have performed

            at the Festival without charging. Your talents were much appreciated."

Quote from Newlyn Fish Festival website for 2012

   On Tuesday 21st August on a beautifully sunny afternoon, the choir performed on West Pier in St Ives harbour to the delight of locals and tourists.

 

   On possibly the wettest Frown day of the summer the choir, undeterred, happily Smile  fulfilled their invitation to sing at The Newlyn Fish Festival on Saturday 27th August.

 

Visitors brave the awful conditions on Newlyn Pier

Town Mayor Civic Service

   Held on Sunday 15th April at 3:00p.m. in the St Anta & All Saints Church, Carbis Bay, the choir received the following praise:

             "The choir's performance was the centrepiece of the service and the congregation really appre-

          ciated the two pieces which performed.  Also, it was good to have the choir there to give such

          strong support in the singing of the hymns.  It was wonderful to hear them sung so enthusiastically.

             I realise how much effort the choir puts into practising and rehearsing, but it is well worth it when

          it results in such a polished performance.  Do please convey my grateful thanks to all involved."

 

Councillor Ron Tulley, Mayor of St Ives

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2011

   In August, the final engagement by Katrina Geraghty, as conductor of The St Ives Community Choir , was directing two performances at The Newlyn Fish Festival.  Katrina has decided to step down after many hours freely for eight years.  Accompanist, Alison Ashby is set to continue. The choir is looking for a new musical director.

 

adapted from St Ives Times & Echo and Cornishman 7th & 14th October

See a video from this performance on the media page.

 

 

   St Ives Community Choir, formed in 2004, is now rehearsing for their Christmas concerts, to be led by Mr William Thomas, who is standing in temporarily since Katrina Geraghty stepped down.  Its first performance of the Christmas season will be at the Carbis Bay Wesley Chapel on Wednesday, November 30th, for the official switching on of the Christmas tree lights by St Ives mayor Councillor Ron Tulley.  There will also be songs by St Ia school children.  This will be followed inside by a concert by the choir and two further songs by the children of St Ia School, in aid of Help for Heroes.  The lights will be switched on at 7:00p.m. andthe concert starts at 7:30p.m. with refreshments being served at the end.
Cornishman 24th November
Other engagements
The annual Rotary Concert at the St Ives Parish Church early in December.
A carol concert at Towednack Church on Wednesday 21st December.