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Massed Choir Singing Event for UN World Peace Day

Please find below an email recieved from Paul Haines

I’m writing this to everyone that took part last year, and also to others that might be interested to be involved this year. There will be a similar event this year on Thursday 21st September, and an additional day on Saturday 23rd September.

The event last year seemed to go very well with 20 choirs taking part, speakers talking about peace, organisations that work with peace, and an appearance ‘live' on BBC Spotlight. There was a lot of interest for the event being repeated this year.

This event is linked with "One Day One Choir”, a global initiative to encourage choirs around the world to sing for peace on the UN World Peace Day, or International Day of Peace. Choirs singing in Truro will be singing for peace with 100’s of choirs around the world. Please take a look at the website.

This coming September the event will be held over two days and the plan will be to have at least 30 choirs performing.

On Thursday 21st September, the plan is to repeat the event from last year, with two sessions in the afternoon and one in the evening, and on Saturday 23rd September the hope would be to have a morning and afternoon session. The Truro Methodist Church has been confirmed as a venue, and the Cathedral are yet to confirm.

Please put the date in your diaries and can choirs look to see which day and time would suit. Please spread the word and encourage others to take part in whatever way they can. If you have any thoughts or suggestions please get in contact. I will be away from 1st February till 12th March and will then be picking up emails and responding when I’m back.

The plan is also to raise donations for the UK Charity “Children of Peace”.
Non-partisan children's charity organization for Palestinian and Israeli children. Developing friendship and trust via arts, education, health and sports.

Item updated 04/02/17


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

PM Sound

Please find below an email recieved from Paul Martyn of PM Sound

After more than 25 years, countless hours of recording, editing and producing on behalf of most of the male voice choirs in the Federation, I have decided that now is the time that I have to take off my headphones, stow away my equipment and bring PM Sound to a close. PM Sound has enjoyed a very long and very productive association with Cornish male voice choirs and I have gained enormous personal satisfaction from the part I have been able to play in helping the choirs to preserve their repertoires, record their development and disseminate their ‘sound’ to audiences all over the globe. We started with vinyl, then cassette tapes before moving on to CDs and other digital formats but at each stage PM Sound sought to produce recordings of the highest quality, showing off our Cornish choirs at their very best. I have made wonderful friendships within the male voice choir movement, enjoying the warm fellowship between the choirs; something that has never been more evident than when they have made the pilgrimages to the Royal Albert Hall and I have been delighted to have been invited by the Federation to record them.

I wish all male voice choirs in Cornwall all the best in the future and extend a warm welcome to anyone who is able to drop in for a chat (morning’s are best), especially if that gives us the opportunity to reminisce over some of the old times!

Best wishes to you all, Paul Martyn (PM Sound Tel: 01872 263300)

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

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.

Eric Harris

Item updated 01/01/17


Please find below a email sent by Jim Christophers, Secretary, Newquay MVC regarding the progress being made of three of their members who where involved in a serious accident whilst returning from a concert on Saturday, October 29, on the St Columb Major side of Winnards Perch roundabout.

All those associated with Newquay Male Voice Choir, but especially their a capella chorus, Oll an Gwella, would like to thank from the bottom of their hearts all those who have responded with such compassion and concern for the welfare of the three members of the choir who were recently involved in a very serious traffic accident. You will be pleased to hear that both David and Nick are now making tentative steps to rejoin singing activities as we head towards Christmas. Andy’s situation was always more complex, having suffered spinal injuries, so he will not be back with us for a while. However, we are pleased to report that he has moved onto the next stage of his recovery and rehabilitation and has just been transferred to a specialist spinal rehabilitation centre in Salisbury. Andy is a realist but with a remarkably up-beat outlook on life generally and his present situation specifically. We will let you all know when he is back and singing.

Item updated 09/12/2016


After three months of hard work MOUSEHOLE MALE VOICE CHOIR entered Camborne Music Festival on Saturday, singing in the Senior class for Male Voice Choirs. We found ourselves in competition with Four Lanes Male Choir and St Stythians Male Voice Choir (the previous years winners), and after a very close contest, the choir won The Ewart Kinsman Cup and The Bob & Eileen Gilbert Baton.

The adjudicator, Stephen Roberts, awarded the choir an overall mark of 264 for the choir’s rendition of Larry Nickel’s “Four Strong Winds”, Joseph Martin’s arrangement of “Sing Your Way Home” and the traditional spiritual, “Battle of Jericho”, arranged by Mark Hayes. He described the choir as having “Good harmonies and a nice balance between (the) parts”. He also praised our selection of music which showed a contrast between each of the pieces, saying “You do draw us into your singing” and “you sit very well with the piano accompaniment”

One of the comments we received from a member of one of the other competing choirs was “Congratulations on your achievements, please wait for another 25 years to compete!!!”

Needless to say the choir are absolutely thrilled with this success and it is the first time that the choir have competed since 1994, The choir are truly blessed in having an exceptionally gifted musical team in Stephen, David and Annette in getting us to this winning standard.

Mousehole Choir receiving The Ewart Kinsman Cup

Stephen Lawry with the
The Bob & Eileen Gilbert Baton.

Item updated 27/11/2016


On Saturday 2nd July 2016, some 270+ male voices from all over the county descended on the Plymouth Pavilions for a charity concert in aid of Saint Petroc’s Society, The Cove Macmillan Support Centre at Treliske and the Cornwall Music Service Trust. The concert included performances from the Duchy Tuba Quartet and soloist Laura Nicholas accompanied by Alistair Taylor.

Presentation of Cheques to Charities

Mrs Sibley receives the cheque for
Cornwall Music Service Trust

Mrs Jackie Davis and Sandra Gilbridge receives the cheque for
St Petroc's Society

Dr Pottnger receives the cheque for
The Cove Macmillan Support Centre

The Plymouth Pavilions charity concert raised £10,560 which was donated equally to the three charities, £3520 each.

Item updated 05/11/2016

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. 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

Item updated on 13/11/2016


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


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


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.


14 January 2017 - Stephen Ley