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TAMAR VALLEY MALE VOICE CHOIR
The choir is delighted to announce that its Director of Music, Rosemary Cole has been recognised in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours List with the award of a British Empire Medal for services to singing and the performing arts in the South West.
Rosemary was the main instigator in forming the choir in 2006 with just 9 members. A member of the Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs, the choir now has around 40 members and thanks largely to the her hard work and talents the choir has a very full programme of successful concerts which includes the traditional male voice repertoire and modern compositions both sacred and secular.
Report by Geoff Gunning, Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir
Item updated 21/06/18
PRINCE CHARLES' 70th BIRTHDAY GARDEN PARTY
Buckingham Palace Garden Party
At the end of January the Federation received a request from the Lord Chamberlains Office at Buckingham Palace, inviting members of the Executive Committee to attend a garden party to celebrate the 70th Birthday of Prince Charles, Duke of Cornwall on the 22nd May 2018.
After contacting the Executive Committee, names were forwarded to the Palace and in due course official invitations were received. We were told not to inform anybody of this event because of the security involvement for the day.
On the day we all had an early start, meeting at Plymouth railway station to catch the 9:49 train to London. The journey was uneventful, but some of the passengers on the train were from Cornwall and also going to the party.
We then made our way to the Palace arriving at around 2:30 pm for the gates to open at 3:00pm. On entering the Palace Gardens we had time to look around the vast gardens, making our way to the lawn area, to join up with the other 6500 guests for the event. All the guests were involved with organisations that Prince Charles was patron of.
At the appointed time of 4:00pm a fanfare heralded the arrival of the Royal Party including the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and his new bride Meghan, (Duke and Duchess of Sussex).
Prince Harry started the proceedings with a speech explaining what the day was about, during his speech a bee happened to sting him on the neck; his subsequent comment caused much amusement.
The Royal Party proceeded down the steps, for a group photograph with all of the officers of the organizations that they are involved with as Patrons.
The attending throng formed two lines on the lawn for the Royal Party, so that they could walk down chatting and shaking hands with as many people as possible.
At this time the tea tent was opened for sandwiches/cakes tea or coffee (very nice!).
The rest of the afternoon in very hot weather was spent chatting with people from all over the World enjoying the event.
The party finished at 6:00pm and we made our way back to Paddington station to catch our train at 20:03 due to return to Plymouth at 23:25. We were on time all the way until rail works near Ivybridge held us up for 35 minutes, getting home later than expected.
But a great day was had by all.
Report by Ted Pinguey Publicity Officer for The Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs.
Item updated 10/06/18
PRESIDENT'S PLATE AWARD 2018 goes to City of Truro Male Choir
At the Federation Annual General Meeting held on 17th April, City of Truro Male Choir was announced as the winner of this year's President Plate Award. The Chairman, Terry Hodge, congratulated the choir on their excellent work within the community and their youth involvement.
1 Lady Mary Holborow Memorial Service at Truro Cathedral.
There youth involvement is working with local schools and held a St Pirans Day Concert with Threemilestone Primary School Choir and supported them with their Christmas Concerts.
Item updated 21/04/18
Burraton Male Choir
Burraton Male Choir
Burraton Male Choir proudly showing off their new uniform just before their first concert of 2018. St Piran's Day Concert at Saltash Wesley Methodist Church in aid of Little Thing & Co., The Baby Bereavement Charity.
Item updated 18/03/2018
City of Truro Male Choir
Photo of awards L to R- David Blackman; Denzil Oates, Glyn Hooper, Geoff Aver(Choir President), John Larke, John Harris
At the beginning of December, City of Truro Male Choir President Geoff Aver presented long service awards to choir members. Denzil Oates and John Harris, seen either side of the President, have been singing continuously with the choir for seventy and fifty years respectively. With the other awards the accumulated singing time for the five members, comes to one hundred and seventy years. Denzil joined the original Chacewater choir in 1947 and says he is looking forward to the next ten years. He was also Chairman for thirty years.
Report sent in by John Larke, Chairman, City of Truro Male Choir
Item updated 02/01/2018
Marazion Apollo Male Choir
At a summer concert held in St.Just Methodist Chapel with joint guests Pendeen Silver Band and St. Buryan Male Voice Choir, the concert raised a total of £1201.50 for each of two local charities. Presentations were recently made to St Julia's Hospice, Hayle, staff and the trustees of the Douglas Woolcock Foundation Trust based in St. Just
Report sent in by Stuart Meyers, Marazion Apollo Male Choir
Item updated 19/11/2017
Loveny Male Voice Choir is delighted to welcome Marcus Alleyne to the position of our Musical Director, and looks forward to an enjoyable and successful partnership into the future, with the support of our Deputy Musical Director Colin Arthur.
Marcus Leeverson Alleyne
Following a premature end to a Royal Naval Medical career due a hockey injury it was the perfect opportunity to revert back to a childhood passion. Maintaining a very active role in music well into his late teens, the transition from medicine to music came easily. Since graduating from Plymouth University several Musical Director opportunities have arisen, and Marcus now holds several full time positions as either associate or resident MD. Current positions held : Music of the Night Choral Foundation, Plymouth Phoenix Chorale, Sterts Arts Centre, Sounds Musical Theatre Company, Cadon Chamber Choir, Levowan XII,d the SWPC, and Loveny MVC. A small amount of his time is also taken up by private vocal tuition and music theory. With a firm knowledge and wealth of experience in both choral and orchestral conducting there is a huge variety in the work that he performs on a daily basis…
Musician, academic, educator and conductor Marcus Leeverson Alleyne started his musical life at the age of 11 beginning piano tuition and maintaining the role as an active chorister. At the age of 15 he took part in his first opera accepting the lead role of Tamino, in Mozart’s Magic Flute, as one of the youngest tenors in Europe to do so. During this time he continued classical voice training under the tutelage of Jonathan Lewsey. Whilst studying Marcus received Young Musician of The Year Award and in the same year the Tim Timmis “services to music” award. During his graduate studies he worked closely Artistic Director of Peninsula Arts, Simon Ible and while here was fortunate enough to work alongside The Bournemouth Symphony and Ten Tors Orchestra, composer Nigel Shaw, Percussionist Evelyn Glennie and guitarist Craig Ogden.
Marcus also spent time conducting the University Student Choir, Big Band and Orchestra. In 2011 Marcus founded Orchestra 4 Cornwall, which continues to draw musicians from all over the country to raise funds for a variety of charities. Following the successful debut performance of O4C he was offered the position of resident Musical Director of The Music of The Night Choral Foundation, current holders of the Plymouth City Music Festival Mantle Cup for two consecutive years.
Marcus also currently holds the position of Musical Director with The Plymouth Phoenix Chorale. A 40 strong Devon based mixed chorus who focus on an incredibly eclectic repertoire of both sacred and secular spanning some 400 years. In addition to the ever increasing repertoire the Phoenix also aim to debut new contemporary compositions in at least one of their annual concerts. With connections to Bob Chilcott Codon Chamber Choir is North Cornwall’s answer to Harry Christopher’s 16, with its 18-20 versatile and experienced singers. Due to the wealth of experience the choir does not require a full time Musical Director and work with them is often more consultancy based during the lead up to performances.
As one of Plymouth’s oldest theatre companies, Sounds Musicals Theatre is one of the more recent appointments. With a strong focus on early musical theatre and experienced actors and musicians the company performs much of its annual works at the Devonport Playhouse, which is one of Plymouths best venues for amateur and professional theatre alike. This year Marcus was required to step in and take the leading role in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd just weeks before the opening night following the ill health of the original leading man. With his ever strengthening links with conductors and composers in America such as John Cornish and Dan Forrest, Marcus brings a unique style and sound to both choral and orchestral work throughout the South West and is often afforded the opportunity to premier and showcase new works from such composers. In the last 3 years he has showcased and premiered 8 pieces of contemporary music. In the summer of 2015 Marcus was appointed director of music for the then Palace Theatre Philharmonia and Chorus and was heavily involved in raising funds to support the restoration of the Union Street Theatre, however due to several reasons he resigned from the position in October 2016 and withdrew services from the charity running the restoration. Marcus then went on to develop the Southwest Philharmonia and Chorus utilising 140 musicians from across the peninsula.
Item submitted by Mick Anstice
Sec. Loveny MVC
talking to the Duchess of Cornwall
laughing with the Duchess of Cornwall
On Friday the 21st July 2017 there Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, paid a visit to Newquay. They were there to visit a new housings development where it was planned to have a tea party in honour of the Camilla’s birthday. Steve Ley and myself were invited to the event as representatives of The Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs. We were introduced to the Duchess and told her all about the Choirs here in Cornwall. The event had to be moved into the fire station because of the inclement weather. Everyone was grateful that they came to the rescue!!!!
Report by Ted Pinguey Publicity Officer for The Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs.
Item updated 18/08/2017
Combined Choir at Saltash Wesley Methodist Church
WHAT A FANATASTIC EVENING. Words cannot fully describe the concert last Friday evening, 4th August at Salatash Wesley Methodist Church, when a group of male choristers from Cornish male voice choirs gathered together to give a concert in aid of the Coverack Flood Disaster and what a memorable evening it turned out to be.
It all started just over a week ago when Phil Taylor, Musical Director of Burraton Male Voice Choir, asked the question during rehearsal, “who would be interested in doing a combined concert next Friday in aid of the Coverack Flood Disaster. Those available said yes and so the wheels went into action, emails were sent out and the choice of pieces chosen, phone calls made.
On the evening the choir was accompanied by Paul Fry on piano and Ken Pethick on organ and directed by Phil Taylor. 100 male voices joined together from different choirs mainly from the East of Cornwall and gave a packed audience a night to remember. The choral pieces, The Rose, Morte Criste, The Lords Prayer, Bring Him Home and many more were interspersed by soloists.
The guest soloists for the evening were, William Thomas (Baratone) from St. Ives, and instrumentalist Saltash born Michael Burke (Concert Pianist) from Manchester.
Both were absolutely amazing, William sing Anthem from Chess plus a tribute to Cornwall he wrote himself were some of the pieces he sang and Michael played two pieces from the composer Liszt.
The choirs represented were Burraton, Rame, Launceston, Liskerret, Loveny, Pelynt, Polperro, Tamar Valley, Tintagel, Marizion & others.
The concert as previously mentioned was in aid of the Coverack Flood Disaster and raised £1600 for this fund. Thank you all, choristers, audience and soloists for a wonderful evening.
Item updated 08/08/17
Below is a very intersting article sent by Linda and Tom Jones after a visit to London.
On a recent visit to London, we discovered an interesting fact about Burlington House, home of the Royal Academy: Burlington House cornices have something surprising and special about them!
The main (north) building of what is now Burlington House in London’s Piccadilly was built as a private residence in the early 1700s. East and west wings were subsequently added, and it was eventually sold to the British government in 1854 for £140,000. It was renovated by the architect Sydney Smirke RA who replaced the east and west wings with larger structures, but left the main building largely intact. The main building was then leased to the Royal Academy of Arts in 1868.
During the renovation process, complex moulded cornices were fitted to ceilings in the main galleries. Fragments of these cornices were on show at a recent exhibition in the RA. The first photograph shows what appears to be a typically complex cornice - fit for a palace. However, the second photograph shows its edge profile which is a beautiful replica of … a map of Cornwall!
As explained in the exhibition, the “cornices can still be read as abstract objects. But to those who recognise the shape of their profile, they appear as architectural elements with a specific meaning that connects to personal myths and biographies: a trip to the seaside, childhood holiday or simply part of everyday life.”
'Cornice viewed from front'
'Cornice viewed in profile'
Item updated 29/01/17
Please find below an email sent to Penny. I wonder if anybodoy can assist, if so please email Eric Harris direct email@example.com
For years now I've been trying to track down a recording of this Songs of Praise from Truro cathedral in 1992, my VHS went haywire and I have a very poor quality tape.I have a good recording of the later Songs of Praise, but in my view it's not a patch on the earlier one. Is a similar event planned for 2017 ?
I realise this was a BBC event but I wondered if recordings still exist and are available to buy. Many thanks in anticipation.
Item updated 01/01/17
Men of Song, written by Jeff Campbell, sets out the history of British male voice singing; it is a book likely to be be of great interest to male voice choristers and fans of choral singing around the UK.
Jeff Campbell has dedicated his time to researching his book, a subject about which he is passionate. He also decided he would like this project to be a means of helping his 11 year old granddaughter, Skye Campbell, who suffers from Down's Syndrome together with some serious health complications including a heart condition. Skye attends the Bidwell Brook School, a special school which Jeff states does wonderful work with the children. He intends to give any proceeds from the sale of his book to a fund to assist his granddaughter's future.
The paperback contains 344 pages with full colour pictures. It is available now from Jeff direct priced £11 this includes post and packaging or Ebay priced £12, both can be payed for by using PayPal. For further details please contact Jeff on 01548 831559 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Item updated on 13/11/2016
A new Song Book has been compiled by members of Nankersey Male Choir. The Song Book contains 51 well known songs and hymns and is intended to be used on informal occasions (possibly with a pint in hand!) whenever choir members get together for a sing song outside of concert "conditions". It is also intended to act as an aide memoire for those who find themselves at a loss to join in because the words are either unknown or temporarily forgotten! Thanks to everyone who has helped in the compilation.
We are pricing the Song Book competitively at £2.50 only and this must represent good value as it is handily sized for placing in a jacket pocket and the cover is laminated for durability. The Song Book is dedicated to Nankersey's 12 founder members and a photograph of those worthy gentlemen appears in the book.
Choir members within the Federation qualify for this bargain price provided the song book(s) can be delivered by hand (at a Federation meeting for instance) or song books may be obtained for £3.50 by post. Anyone who is interested in obtaining a copy or copies should please get in touch with Fred Bidgood, tel: 01326 373984;
Sent by Fred Bidgood, Nankersey MC
ARRANGING A CHOIR TOUR?Neil Shepherd, MD of "Laudate!" and also a qualified travel agent and tour operator has kindly offered suggestions and advice to choirs planning tours.
This item first posted June 2009 and retained for reference. Click on the link below.