News 2017

Newlyn Fish Festival Night of the Proms


The choir performed another varied and interesting programme at The Trinity Centre in Newlyn on Sunday 28th August. This has become a regular event for the choir in recent years. Dave & Dee Brotherton, both talented musicians, the former a choir member in the tenor section, selected beautiful and appropriate songs, which they wrote themselves. Their contribution during the first half of the evening neatly complemented the large choir of about thirty five.


During the interval there was a raffle draw, prior to the second part of the evening, which included audience participation. The usual national songs were sung; Jerusalem, Land of hope and glory, Rule Britannia. Union Jacks were held aloft and waved enthusiastically. Then came the Cornish songs, which included Camborne Hill, Hail to the Homeland and Trelawny.


A pasty and hot drink rounded off a successful evening and fund raiser.

MND Presentation


   Emma Bungay, the local MND representative, came to the choir practice on Tuesday 8th August, to be presented with a cheque for £1100.00, the final total for the fund raising done for this worthy cause.Emma informed us that she also sings in a choir and appreciates the effort and quality that was evident when she attended our recent concert.


MND cheque


   Read below for the article about the concert and the subsequent one that Emma wrote for the MND Cornwall website.

Summer Concert in aid of Motor Neuron Disease


   On the evening of Tuesday 18th July the choir gave a concert which will be remembered as an outstanding success.  The venue was Carbis Bay Methodist Church, where the choir practice each week.  The purpose, apart from offering the opportunity for the choir to perform, was to raise money for Motor Neuron Disease.



MND Concert July 17



   A full and varied programme was given, with well-known BBC Radio Cornwall presenter, Donna Birrell, compering.  All concerned were hoping for plenty of support for this worthy cause. However, we were quite overwhelmed as the seats filled up.  Rarely, if ever, have we had such a large audience.  When we had to fetch extra seating from the back of the church, we knew we would be raising a lot for MND.  Programmes were £5.00, which included a draw in the prize raffle.  A number of people who were not able to attend, purchased programmes anyway.  Tickets were drawn at the interval and prizes chosen.  And what excellent prizes they were; thanks to St Ives Harbour Hotel, Leddras Chemist, John Becks, West Cornwall Golf Club, Prime Time boat trips, The Co-op, Celtic Fish & Game, Isles of Scilly Steamship Co., Elle’s Salon (Hayle) and Gallery 38 (St Ives).


   The choir were ably supported by four very talented young people, all educated at St Ives Comprehensive.  Paul Couch (now at Penwith College) & Magdelene Berg played flute; Paul's sister, Rebekah, played clarinet. Together they provided an array of solos, duets and trios, played two sets of three pieces, notably a flute duet of Vivaldi's 'Flute Concerto' and a clarinet solo entitled 'Through the Woods'.   After the interval, Sonny Donaldson, grandson of Malcolm Donaldson in our bass section, delighted the packed venue with some quality saxophone playing, with an upbeat funky version of 'Cantaloupe Island'.


   In summing up the event, Donna was thrilled to inform everyone that £837.00 has been raised.  MD, William Thomas, pointed out that another £105.00 was donated when the choir recently sang at Fore Street Methodist Church.  It was intended to be an open air concert, but, being unsure of the weather, it was held indoors.  Since then the total raised is up to £1000.00. What a triumph of generosity! Most of the money will go towards helping sufferers of MND in Cornwall.  A percentage will go to the national association to fund research.


   Further photos can be viewed on the gallery page >>>>, thanks to Bill Thomas.


   Emma Bungay, writing on behalf of MND Cornwall posted a news article about the evening. Follow this link.... >>>>


Open Air Concert held Indoors


   The weather was a little 'iffy' on Saturday 1st July, so the choir's proposed outdoor concert on the plat by the lodge was held in Fore Street Methodist Church instead. Informally a group of about twenty five, several of whom were related to choir members, came in off the street to hear us. We were able to go through most of our current repertoire, there being no solos, deuts, poems, readings or chairman's remarks. William, our MD, did a fine job keeping everyone happy and entertained.


   The audience, who were invited through the doors by a couple of willing choir members, clearly enjoyed the evening of song. £105.00 was generously given in support of Motor Neuron Disease.


St Ives Food & Drink Festival


   The morning of Saturday 13th May proved to be a very pleasant late Spring day. The venue for this fast growing and well attended festival is Porthminster Beach. Last year the same engagement needed all its attractions to warm the visitors and performers alike, as a cold east wind blew across the beach.


   Although we were first on stage, an encouraging crowd were assembled ready to hear some easy listening, light hearted singing from the choir, who were in good voice. MD, William, had to double as page turner for accompanist, Alison, which challenged his conducting skills. However, it was obvious from the highly positive audience reaction that we had set the ball rolling for an excellent weekend.


May Day Celebrations


   St Ives Guildhall plat was the outdoor setting for the first choir performance of 2017, on Monday 1st May. On a chilly morning most of the choir were present to render several songs, all with a Cornish theme. It was probably the coolest day for weeks, but the rain held off and the choir sang most favourably. The gathered audience, many of whom came as family and friends to the school children who performed the May pole dance and were chosen as May Queen and King, or their attendants, were encouraged to join in with Trelawney to finish.


   It was a rousing start to the various events in store for the choir over the remainder of this year. Notably, we had more men, both tenor and bass than for several years. More are always welcome.