Another Year Over....

Posted on 22nd December, 2015

   Just about all of us in the choir can say, "Well, that year has gone by really quickly. In fact, they seem to be getting quicker every year!" It could be something to do with age OR it could be a reflection of how busy we have been. You may have already had a look at the '2015 in Pictures' page, newly added. This is an easy and relatively speedy way to look back over all the events we have attended in one form or another. Hopefully, this will also bring back some fond memories that we all too easily forget.


   Our first engagement was in January. We returned to the venue of our first annual dinner at West Cornwall Golf Club. We were invited to support The Inner Wheel as they enjoyed their dinner.


   Not everyone on the choir would choose to have a uniform. However, a group from the choir were invited to lead the singing at a wedding at Towednack Church and wore choir uniform.


   Next request was for some Cornish songs at the Guildhall, St Ives, to help with the May Day celebrations. The Tourist Board even took a video of the event. Also in May, the choir joined forces with the West of England Salvation Army Youth Band at the St Ives Citadel for a well attended concert in very warm conditions.


   We completed May with an outdoors event. We supported the proceedings at the launch of the latest St Ives lugger, built by Jonny Nance of the St Ives Jumbo Association. The harbour slipway provided the ideal backdrop.

   At the end of June members of the choir with a few friends performed Mr Hamilton's Lazy Days. Written and directed by choir member, Jenny Duda, this was the third play and it proved to be a great success and a great fund raiser.


   The following week some of the choir who were able and available were back outdoors and singing at the Towednack Church Garden Party.


   Practices became fortnightly for everyone, especially our very busy MD, William and Alison, our wonderful accompanist. It was not until 30th August that the choir made their next appearance. It was the Last Night of the Proms at The Newlyn Fish Festival.


   In September, The St Ives Jumbo Association had all their boats afloat in the bay. To help with the celebrations, the choir were invited to sing from the platt above the slipway. Not everyone could make it, but those who did gave a well received performance. Later in the month the choir accepted an invitation to lead proceedings at the St Anta, Carbis Bay, Last Night of the Proms, another regular venue for the choir. It proved to be a splendid evening, full of sound, talent and colour.


   With the autumn came the first ever tour of the choir. We ventured abroad; well, across the Tamar anyway, to Devon. We stayed at St Mary Church just outside Torquay and gave a concert at Paignton Methodist Church, raising over £600.00 in the process. Fund raising is a key part of our 'work' in the community and this has certainly been true of 2015.


   In November we fulfilled a request to join the festivities of The Old Cornwall Society in The St Ives Guildhall. As we often do on such occasions, we led the audience participatory singing as well as rendering songs from our repertoire. In the week following our talented and incredibly patient MD, William Thomas, achieved terrific success at the Camborne Music Festival. This meant that by the time we arrive at West Cornwall Golf Club for our annual choir dinner we had much to celebrate.


   A further five events for the Christmas period, with a number of the choir also joining the Cornish Carol choir brought the year to a triumphant end. Hopefully this chronological reminder will underline what we have achieved for our community and others, with dedication, teamwork, perseverance and talent.

   New choir members are always welcome. If you follow us on-line from a distance, God bless you and we trust you have a peaceful Christmas and a healthy New Year.




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Thank you Alan for the great website! We have had a busy and wonderful year. Thank you William, Alison and everyone in the choir.
Thank you Alan for the time & effort you put into this website- and the tenor section of course!