Paul Feast Concert Sunday 9th October 2022

Wednesday 23rd November, 2022 - 5:11pm

On a lovely Autumn evening, the choir gathered in Paul Church to perform their annual Feast Day Concert. This concert was another landmark as this was the first time we have sung together at this time in three years. Whilst Covid-19 has not gone away, our wonderful NHS has been able to put together a series of vaccines that have culminated in the effects of this dreadful virus being minimised and people can now mix together without fear and enjoy the normality of being together. This is certainly true of members of the choir.

Our special guests for this concert were ‘Hit & Miss’. They are a young vibrant Cornish quartet who keep Cornwall’s musical heritage alive. They are very proud of their reputation for their rich four-part harmony and this was very evident at the concert when they sang. Quite rightly they deserved the standing ovation which the audience gave them. As Harry “Safari” Glasson has said, “The future of Cornish singing is safe in their hands”. We couldn’t agree more Harry!

The choir were also in fine voice and in particular a new song to the repertoire was an Appalachian folk song, ‘Bright Morning Stars” which was extremely well received as well  as “Cornwall My Home” which Harry Glasson had given his permission for our Musical Director, Stephen Lawry, to arrange it in four part harmony for the choir.

At this concert, Certificates were given out. These certificates have been given by the Cornish Federation and were presented to choir members by our chairman, Jon Pender for long service in singing with the County’s Male Voice Choirs. Recipients were Mark Lean (40 years), David Harvey (30 years), Reg Osborne (30 years), Derek Harvey (70 years), Stephen Lawry (35 years), Justin Williams (30 years), Patrick Semmens (50 years), Charles Parke (35 years), Julian Dale (35 years), John Davies (40 years) and Colin Lawry (35 years). In all a total of 430 years of singing were recognised.

To conclude the evening, Paul Church parish priest, Rev Andrew Yates, gave the final blessing.

This concert is always one in which the choir donate all funds raised to the parish church as a thank you for hosting the choir and for enabling MMVC to call it home. This year we were pleased to donate £900.00.

Photographs courtesy of Matt Bromage.

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