CORNWALL MUSIC FESTIVAL SUCCESS
Wednesday 29th March, 2017 - 9:43am
On Friday 17th March the choir competed in Class E2 of the Cornwall Music Festival. This class was for Male Voice Choirs with more than 30 singers. Competing with Mousehole for the Holman Cup was St Stythians Male Voice Choir. Mousehole sang two pieces, Mark Hayes arrangement of 'The Battle of Jericho' and 'Sing Your Way Home' by Joseph M Martin. Singing first was St Stythians, and from their opening piece of music it was very clear that Mousehole were in a very tight competition to claim the The Holman Cup. After both choirs had completed their singing, the Adjudicator, Michael Johnson stood to pronounce his verdict. He has been engaged in a wide range of musical activities including being musical director to several choirs in the southwest which includes the elite chamber choir, The West Devon Chorale, based in Plymouth. In his remarks he felt that Mousehole's choice of music was very good and that the choir sang with expression and it was ‘a bold choice to sing (one of the pieces) unaccompanied’. He then announced that the Holman Cup was being awarded to Mousehole and afterwards we learnt that we had achieved marks in the distinction category and that we had won by a single point!
It was the first time in over thirty years that the choir had entered the Cornwall Music Festival and our thanks must go to Stephen and Annette for enabling us to compete at a very high standard and also thanks to St Stythians Male Voice Choir for providing us with some very difficult competition. Our thoughts now turn to the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival, at the beginning of May, when the choir will be competing in the 41 voices and Over category against seven other choirs from Cornwall, the UK and Europe.