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by Jeff Campbell of Tamar Valley MVC

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 and costs £8 plus postage and packing. It is available now and initial enquiries should be made by email to menofsong2016@gmail.com.

Item posted 28/07/2016


Terry Hodge, Chairman, presents the President's Silver Plate Award
to Fred Luckraft of Rame Peninsula MVC

At the Federation Annual General Meeting held on 10 May, Rame Peninsula Male Voice 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. Three choirs made an entry for the Award, Burraton MVC, Launceston MVC and Rame Peninsula MVC. All entries were excellent and the judges had a hard decision to make. Fred Luckraft received the Silver Plate on behalf of his choir and the runners up were presented with a Commendation Certificate.

Fred Luckraft stated it was a particular pleasure for his choir to be awarded the plate. The donor of the plate, previous President, the Reverend Professor Barry Jennings, initiated this annual award. He had lived in the Rame area and knew the choir well. After retiring as a scientist from ECC he took up holy orders and asked Rame Peninsula MVC to sing at his ordination ceremony.

Graham Tucker receives
Certificate of Commendation on behalf of
Launceston MVC

Stephen Ley receives
Certificate of Commendation on behalf of
Burraton MVC

Item posted 11/05/2016


Penny Higman, Federation Secretary
At the Federation Annual General Meeting Penny Higman was warmly welcomed as the new Federation Secretary by the committee and all the members. Penny is an experienced secretary and has worked for many years in a secretarial and administrative capacity for different organisations. She takes over from Linda Jones who has resigned from the post. Linda will continue to manage the Federation website for the time being.

The Chairman thanked Linda Jones for her work as Federation Secretary for over 12 years. He presented her with a gift from the Federation, a beautiful, elegant vase made by Dartington Glass and a delicate pink orchid. Linda thanked the members for their kindness. She also thanked them for being such wonderful people to work with and praised the Federation for its many activities which raise thousands of pounds for charities and bring pleasure to so many with their wonderful music.

Item posted 11/05/2016

Terry Hodge, Chairman, makes presentation to
Linda Jones, retiring secretary

Composer Russell Pascoe to lead Truro’s choir

Russell Pascoe
City of Truro Male Choir are absolutely delighted that Cornish composer and bard, Russell Pascoe has agreed to become their new Musical Director. "We have tried to recruit Russell several times over the last few years and it is a great privilege for us that at last he has said 'yes'" said John Larke, Choir Chairman. Russell, well known for his wide range of compositions, wrote his first piece for this choir back in 1992 and they currently sing his popular composition, ‘My love is like a red, red rose’ . We look forward to new compositions written for fake rolex us and new, exciting challenges.

"I have admired this award winning choir’s quality over the years” said Russell “and have also been impressed with their commitment in rehearsals and am looking forward to working with them in the future. It’s a lot of fun. Having conducted a variety of school choirs, including ‘The Cousin Jacks’, I know that there are hundreds of men in the community who have enjoyed the singing experience, and many who wished they had taken part when they were younger. The recent celebration of St Piran’s Day proved that there is an appetite for singing in pubs and I’d like to build on this with the choir, as well as performing concerts around the region. It’s going to be a lot of fun!”

City of Truro Male Choir rehearse every Thursday evening at All Saints Church, Highertown, Truro from 7.30 to 9.30 pm. Anyone interested should either come along at 7.15pm, contact Russell on FaceBook or ring John on 01872 865431 or 07968 515673 for more information.

Sent by John Larke, City of Truro MC

Item posted 03/05/2016


Mevagissey MC at the Minack Theatre

"A bit like the Minack, only HOTTER!" That's how the forthcoming tour to Cyprus later this year was presented to the Mevagissey Male Choir at the initial stages of planning. Having performed some successful joint concerts with both Plymouth and Culdrose Military Wives Choirs in Cornwall and Devon, the seed was planted in the mind of Graham Rundle, the tour organiser, and so a trip to Cyprus was decided.

"We have performed sell-out concerts with the Plymouth Military Wives Choir in the past, including the Minack Theatre and knowing Cyprus well, one thing lead to another. After an email to the Military Wives Choirs in Cyprus the outcome was for Mevagissey Male Choir to be invited out there in October 2016 to perform a Gala Concert with both the Military Wives Choirs of RAF Akrotiri and Episkopi. The venue for this concert is scheduled to be at the iconic ancient Roman amphitheatre at Curium, built in 2 BC. It has featured gladitorial contests in the past so no pressure!!"

Curium Amphitheatre in Limassol

Military Wives Choir RAF Akrotiri
While in Cyprus the guess replica watches choir has also been requested to perform a concert in their own right for the Army Benevolent Fund at the Pissouri amphitheatre, again open air, but of a much more recent construction. A favourite of the 'ex-pat' community.

The choir has quite a heavy work load for this year - a victim or their own success - and kick off their season at the iconic Minack Theatre in May, back by popular request following their previous sell-out performance there. Many local concerts follow plus our acclaimed 'concerts on the quay' of Mevagissey harbour throughout August, not least a performance at the Hall for Cornwall in September, featuring some very special guests. Then culminating with the Cyprus Tour in October.

Any man who enjoys singing or would just like to know more about Mevagissey Male Choir, call Graham Rundle on 07799512295 or visit the website www.meva-choir.co.uk.

Sent by Graham Rundle, Mevagissey MC

Item posted 02/05/2016

Obituary in memory of Andrew Schlemmer

Members of St Buryan Male Voice Choir are sad to announce the death of their Vice Chairman and Deputy Musical Director, Andrew Schlemmer.

Andrew joined the Baritones 13 years ago and rarely missed a practice. He was a very accurate singer and a good person for new members to sit next to. To say we will miss him is an understatement. Rest in peace old friend.

The funeral service for Andrew Schlemmer will be at St Buryan Parish Church on 25 April at 2.30 pm.

Sent by Mike Searle, St Buryan MVC
Item posted 10/04/2016


Musical Director, Richard Braebrook, leads the Federation choir at Sunday's rehearsal

Rehearsals for the Federation's next Kernowyon a Gan! Men of Cornwall Sing charity concert continue with an ever growing sense of enthusiasm. Sunday 10 January was the first rehearsal for 2016 and brought together participants from all over Cornwall. On entering the practice venue in St Austell yesterday I was met with that famous wall of sound which makes you stop in your tracks. It is deeply moving. This will be a wonderful concert with a variety of music, some new, some traditional, all to look forward to.

Federation Secretary, Linda Jones
Item posted 11/01/2016


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;
e-mail: familybidgood@hotmail.co.uk

Sent by Fred Bidgood, Nankersey MC


We have received an update on a previous news item, with revised contact details. Truro Cathedral Old Choristers Association is open to ex-choristers from any Cathedral. There may be old choristers who are not aware they would be eligible to join the Association and some may be singing in Cornish male voice choirs. Once a year, usually the third Saturday in September, members of the Association sing Evensong in the replica watch Cathedral with the present choir, followed by a dinner.

If there are any people who used to sing with any Cathedral choir the Association would like to welcome them to join in.

Please contact The Association's Chairman, Andrew Pool email: office@andrewpool.co.uk, or write to him, c/o Truro Cathedral Office, 14 St Mary's Street, Truro TR1 2AF. Or if anyone would like a quiet word, just phone Andrew on (01326) 374433.

Sent by Andrew Pool, Nankersey MC


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.


This page last updated: 14 September 2016 - Steve Ley