St Ives Community Choir News 2022

Praise as choir helps at funeral

 

A number of the choir attended a funeral at the request of Saints Funeral Services Ltd. at the Crematorium at Treswithian on Thursday morning 5th May. The following message of thanks was received from Darren Saint in response to the positive difference they made.

 

"As funeral directors, we often receive specific requests from families to help celebrate their loved ones lives at their funeral service. Following a request for a choir at the funeral service, I contacted St Ives Community Choir. I honestly cannot thank them enough. They were amazing from start to finish and such a lovely bunch of people. As for the singing, I have had the privilege of hearing them sing before and they certainly did not disappoint! "
 
Darren Saint
 
Saints funeral services Ltd
St.Ives

May Day Celebrations

 

The choir were once again asked to bring the joy of song to proceedings at the annual May Day Celebrations outside The Guildhall in St Ives on Monday 2nd May. The chosen portfolio of music included well known Cornish anthems, 'Hail to the Homeland' and 'Trelawney'. Stephen Bassett was the soloist for 'Proper Job', with pasty in hand, while hats and sunglasses were doned for the climax of 'Here Comes the Sun' (George Harrison). All were concluded with rapturous applause from appreciative onlookers filling the street.

 

Perhaps the biggest cheer of the day was for the return of choir founder and former MD, Katrina Geraghty who took the baton, (until accidentally throwing it away) to conduct a willing choir.

 

The usual choosing of the May Day princess, prince and their various helpers took place before two groups made a splendid job of dancing around the May Pole. With the cancellation of this event due to the pandemic last year, some of the participants were much taller, making the ins and outs around the pole far more tricky. But all went well.  

 

As the event was missed in 2021 there were two hornblowers on display. Aidan Killick (grandson of Janet O'Shea) and six year old Edward Thomas (eldest grandson of Alan & Lesley), who were rightly proud of his efforts to get some sound out of the horn!

 

 

Photos courtesy of Greg Martin (Cornwall Live)

 

More photos courtesy of Bill Thomas in Gallery 2022

Concert for Ukraine

 

The St Ives Community Choir joined forces with The Kerrier Male Voice Choir, whose MD is Janet Eathorne, sister to William Thomas, our MD. On Saturday 23rd April a varied concert was given in aid of The Ukrainian Appeal and £500.00 was raised. St Anta Church in Carbis Bay provided the venue and the generous giving demonstrated the hearts of those present. Sadly a number of both choirs were missing, mainly due to the Covid pandemic still giving positive results in the community. Refreshments were taken at the close of the concert.

Photo courtesy of Bill Thomas. More in Gallery 2022

Launching of the 'Flute an Arrow'

 

The choir were invited to sing at the launch of John Nance's latest St Ives Sailing Punt, the Flute an Arrow on the morning of Saturday 26th March. Unfortunately, due to illness and absence (much of it Covid related) the choir were few in number. However, a good crowd gathered to mark this special occasion. Choir MD, William gave a blessing prior to the launch as the punt set sail for its maiden voyage in the bay.

Photo courtesy of Bill Thomas. More photos in Gallery 2022