News 2018

Open Air Concert


As an alternative to our usual practice, the choir decided to perform to a live audience on their last practice evening before a break during August. The venue, the platt beside the lodge above the Slipway in St Ives, proved an adequate spot for an imprompto open air concert on the evening of Tuesday 24th July. Those who could took seats by the railings to listen at length. Others stood either side of the Wharf Road, with sometimes noisy traffic hampering our performance. Why do motor bikes have to make such a noise?


The warm, calm evening was a splendid way to spend an evening in song. £50.00 was collected for the two fishermen's lodges.


Summer Evening Concert


On a balmy summer evening during our driest and warmest summer for many a year, the choir again used their normal practice night to hold a concert. This was to raise funds for the Cornwall branch of the Samaritans on Tuesday 17th July at Carbis Bay Wesley Church starting at 7.30pm.


Entrance was £5.00 by numbered programme on the door and throughout the evening music was interspersed with raffle draws with some super prizes generously donated by local businesses including Carbis Bay Hotel, Una, West Cornwall Golf Club, Tregenna Castle Hotel, Western Hotel and Tesco, Carbis Bay. There were also prizes donated by members of the choir, including Angela Charleston (Gallery 38), Rhiannon Williams, Judy Tremelling, Maureen Stevens, Heather & Stuart Greaves and a painting by 'Stevie B'. Bass Stephen Bassett has found and developed a new talent.


The choir rendered a varied repertoire from Abba's Mamma Mia to a song in Zulu, via Fields of Gold. Guest artiste was Hannah Birt on the violin. Her beautiful playing added a quality to the evening rarely on offer in our town.


A cheque was presented to Gill Pipkin, Director of Samaritans of Cornwall at Truro. Like all the Samaritans, she too is a volunteer and was clearly delighted with the donations. It costs some £50,000.00 a year to keep this wonderful charity running in Cornwall. Together with the Treloyhan Manor audience & management donations, £600.00 was raised for the Samaritans.


Gifts of orchids were presented to Hannah Birt for her brilliant contribution and also to recognise the unending and valuable work of accompanist, Alison Ashby, always reluctant to receive due praise. MD William Thomas and his wife, Tricia, were also thanked for all their hard work in making the choir an ongoing success.


Concert at Treloyan Manor


On what is usually our practice night, the choir held a concert for the residents of Treloyan Manor on the evening of Tuesday 10th July. While a number of members were unavailable, the singing was ideal for the venue and the numbers attending.


Both residents and management contributed to the cause for which the concert was given. The tragic situation in St Ives is that recently several people have taken their own lives. Therefore, it was agreed to raise money for and awareness of the work of the Samaritans, especially here in Cornwall.


As the photos in the gallery show, thanks to Bill Thomas, it was an enjoyable evening with light refreshments at the close.


St Ives Rotary Club Concert


On Tuesday 19th June the choir’s usual practice evening and venue was transformed into a full concert. One of our members, Joan Symons, the outgoing president of The St Ives Rotary Club, is able to select a charity to donate to for the year. Her choice is St Julia’s Hospice, Hayle and The Macmillan Nurses.


Her very successful idea was to sell concert tickets to raise funds for these very worthwhile causes. On a warm summer evening a large audience enjoyed a varied programme of songs from a thirty-eight strong choir. It was noted that not only did we sing well, but also showed that we were obviously enjoying it, which is encouraging feedback.


Musical Director, William Thomas, doubled as the MC, giving some of his finest humorous stories!


Notable soprano, Hannah Pascoe, gave several performances that provided a quality of entertainment not easily found in our locality. We were all enthralled with her choice of songs from opera and popular musicals, which used her incredible range to the full. Her accompanist, Clive Ellison, added to the pleasure of the performance. She received a large bouquet of flowers in thanks of her support.


Representatives of the two charities each received cheques for £1000 from The St Ives Rotary Club from Joan Symons; Sarah Newton on behalf of St Julia's Hospice and Suzanne Benney of MacmillanNurses. Both were surprised and delighted with the donations towards their ongoing work. We were reminded that the government fund a meagre 20% of their costs, so every effort to support these good causes is most welcome.


St Ives Food & Drink Festival


For the third year running The St. Ives Community Choir, conducted by their musical director William Thomas and accompanist Alison Ashby, were invited to sing at the annual Food & Drink Festival on Porthminster beach on Saturday 12th May.

The inclement weather held off for their performance, which was well received by an appreciative audience.


St Ives May Day Celebration


The Guildhall at St Ives was the venue for the first concert of the choir for this year, on Monday 7th May. After the success of last year, in spite of some inclement weather, we were once again invited to bring a strong Cornish flavour to our proceedings. At least thirty choir members were able to attend and the large crowd that gathered to witness the choosing of the May Queen, attendants and prince, were treated to songs well known (e.g.The White Rose), local (e.g. The Song of Carbis Bay) and in the Cornish language (e.g. Bro Goth Agan Tasow).


Perhaps our strongest performance came from singing 'This is my home- Cornwall', adapted from a Canadian song, which was fitting as the crowd included a gentleman from Canada. MD, William, was so carried away with the choir's first performance of this new comer to our portfolio that he was 'lost in the moment' and missed the finale, a repeat rendering of 'This is my home'. We must have sounded good for him to be so rapt! Comments from listeners were also glowing in their remarks.


Dancers from KidZ R Us and Nancledra School made the dancing around the Maypole look quite straight forward, something it definitely is not.

New Choir Photo (courtesy of Bill Thomas)


It is sometime since we had an official photo, so this week, Tuesday 20th February, we arrived at our practice all dressed in our uniform. There is a larger version in the gallery for 2018.


Annual General Meeting


Held on Tuesday 9th January, the meeting was well attented with few apologies for absence. The minutes of the meeting can be read by following the link. The last twelve months have provided a number of opportunities for the choir to impress and it promises to be another busy year for the choir.