St Ives Community Choir News 2019

Treloyhan Manor Concert


On Tuesday 27th May the choir, numbered twenty six available members, assembled to provide entertainment for the residents at Treloyhan Manor. This was the first of a number of bookings the choir has at this venue throughout the summer months. An audience of about fifty from all over England, plus a couple from Scotland and one from France, enjoyed our singing in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.


Lelant Village Fete


On Saturday 25th May a depleted choir had a very pleasant lunch time at the Lelant Village Fete held primarily at The Watermill Inn. A good crowd gathered to browse the various stalls, while music was laid on during the day. We performed a fun itinerary from our portfolio in lovely warm conditions to an appreciative audience. After the demands of the recent Wall Music Festival, and all the practising that went into that, it was relaxing and enjoyable to be simply sharing our singing with other folks.


Wall Music Festival


This is a well known and well established festival for those interested. It was a first for the choir. Never before has our performance been under such scrutiny. We were in it for the experience, just to see how well we might do. We were rather surprised to find out rather late in the day that our section of three choirs would not be 'on stage' until after 9:15 in the evening. Nevertheless, thirty two members gathered at Wall Methodist Church on the evening of Thursday 16th May. After waiting dutifully outside while others were performing, we duly entered a fairly crowded downstairs to listen.


The section 'next on' were ensembles, anything up to twenty. The first act was a trio. It seems that this was because there was no section for trios elsewhere in the busy schedule. After them came some excellent smaller choirs. The best of these were the Coastline Singers, a group of nine employees plus MD, from the not-for-profit housing association. Their Rhythm of Life was outstanding.


We extricated ourselves to the church hall for a warm up. Our songs were simple enough, so it would be important to sing them well. No folders, but not many words to remember, especially for the men.


Back into the church and our section began. First up was Neil Shepherd with part of his Cornwall Community Choir, Local Vocalz. Clearly, they were prepared to attempt songs of greater complexity than the ones we were about to perform.


However, it  was now our turn. William, our MD, as nervous as anyone. He need not have been. Our Rock my Soul set the audience going with plenty of swaying of shoulders. We apparently 'failed to centre a few accidentals', but gave an 'expressive performance'. This was followed up with  With a Song, where we showed 'real commitment from the outset', with well shaped phrases. Finally, we had the audience fully involved in The Crystals' 1963 hit Da Doo Ron Ron. Adjudicator, Gillian Oswell proclaimed it to be 'a shining and fun performance'.


We sat down to listen to the final choir, Pete Luing's Gwel Trencrom Singers. Their performance , we knew, had to please both audience and adjudicator alike.


Quite unexpectedly, the adjudicator did not give public feedback and criticism. All three choirs were given first place an 90 marks, which relates to 'an exceptional performance both technically and artistically. Wow! MD, William, was equally amazed, not anticipating such a high mark 'in his wildest dreams'.


A copy of the adjudicator's remarks can be located on the members' page >>>


St Ives Food Festival


This event has grown rapidly and markedly in recent years. Porthminster Beach was bathed in sunshine on Saturday morning 11th May and a good crowd were present for our fifty minute slot. A large marquee was to be the venue, now positioned on the station end of the beach, but it was decided to remain 'open air' to attract greater support. Organisers had ensured there was plenty of seating and folk duly arrived, some regular supporters of the choir and others, hearing us for the first time.


A free drink token was given to each choir member to use at the bar. So, with beverage in hand, it proved a most sociable time perusing the various food and drink outlets, together with crafts and locally made goods.


May Day Celebrations


On Monday 6th May the choir were once again invited to sing songs of a mainly local flavour for the celebrations outside The Guildhall in St Ives. A warm day and a large contingent of spectators gathered for the choosing of the May Queen, prince and attendees. Children from Nancledra School danced (successfully and skilfully) around the May Pole. Horn blowing was somewhat less spectacular. The song selection concluded with the whole assembly joining in the chorus of Rev. Stephen Hawker's 'Trelawney'.


Headlands Home


On the afternoon of Tuesday 9th April the choir responded to a request from the staff at the residential home in Carbis Bay to sing for the folks living there. A good number from the choir were able to attend. The atmosphere was very informal and afforded the opportunity to meet staff and residents and have a chat and cup of tea.


Having recieved an email request via the choir website on 18th March, with residents reported to be rather low in spirit, this was indeed a quick response. How easy and heart warming it is to be able to make a difference in the lives of others.


Brass & Voice


On the evening of Saturday 6th April the choir joined forces with the renowned Lanner & District Silver Band for a concert at The Guildhall in St Ives.  A rather cold venue (the boiler had apparently broken down) was wonderfully warmed by a series of pieces from the band and choir, with several combining the two.  This is the first time the choir have appeared with a band. Given that we are a community choir, where auditions are not required before joining, there was a degree of trepidation, knowing that we were performing alongside highly skilled and trained musicians. We need not have worried. It was an enlightening and enjoyable experience, much appreciated by the audience.


The evening, which was in aid of the Stoke Association, was especially poignant for choir. One of our members recently suffered at the hands of this dreadful disease. A raffle was held to raise further funds.


At the close, MC Janette Eathorne, who rendered several of her poems and threaded the occasion together with tall stories, was presented with a bouquet to round off the first concert of the year.


Annual General Meeting


The meeting was held at our usual practice venue on Tuesday 8th January. About 75% of the choir members were present. Reports were given which all gave a very favourable account of the events of the choir during the previous twelve months. The minutes of the meeting are available to read: AGM 2019 >>>

Cheque Presentations to start the year


A busy Christmas period for the St.Ives Community Choir (now in its 15th year), saw them raising yet more funds for various charities. During the year they have raised approximately £4,200, including £279.75 for the New Cornwall Air Ambulance fund at their annual Christmas Concert in a packed Carbis Bay Methodist Church . The choir were able to relax at their annual dinner, but the fund raising did not stop there, as through a raffle they raised a further £320 for the St.Ives Community Transport Minibus project for the over 50s.


At a recent rehearsal for their 2019 programme, cheques were presented to representatives of the aforementioned charities. The picture shows Margaret Ford & Chris Muxlow (Community Transport) and Mark Adams (Cornwall Air Ambulance) receiving the cheques from the local Methodist minister, Revd Edwin Myers,  on behalf of the choir and Chapel.