News 2018

St Ives Rotary Club Concert

 

On Tuesday 19th June the choir’s usual practice evening and venue was transformed into a full concert. One our members, Joan Symons, the 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

 

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.