Paul Feast Concert With A Difference.
Monday 19th October, 2020 - 12:06pm
Sunday 11th October Mousehole Male Voice Choir gave the traditional
feast concert in the parish church. This concert though, was different.
Due to the on-going Covid-19 situation, the concert itself was a virtual
one featuring songs performed by the choir and recorded for posterity
and available on ‘You Tube’. A very limited audience was present, in
line with the restrictions, and the ‘choir’ were hosted for the evening
by the choir’s indomitable musical director, Steve Lawry.
evening followed the same format as a proper concert (ie groups of
three). The first group commenced with the hymn tune “I Need Thee Every
Hour” which had been performed at an outdoor concert in Mousehole,
conducted by Tom Waters and accompanied by John Harry. This was followed
by songs recorded on one of the choir’s very successful tours and
performed in Southark Cathedral, London.
the interval the audience were entertained by the pupils of Mousehole
school and videoed at the school. This included a piece called Paul
made this evening unique was the presentation to one of the choir’s top
tenors, Derek Harvey. Derek celebrates 70 years in the choir on 19th
October this year. In 1950, when he joined he was auditioned by the then
musical director, Maddern Williams. After being accepted, Derek said
“You weren’t allowed to sing in a concert unless the conductor thought
you were able to - you never had any probation period then and never did
a concert until the following Summer”. The choir’s president, Kath
Matthews presented Derek with a certificate recognising 70 years of
singing from the The Cornwall Federation of Male Choirs. The choir’s
Chairman, Jon Pender, also spoke a few words about Derek and presented
him with a Congratulations card from the Choir. Jon read the words in
the card out to the audience “To Derek, Many congratulations and a
special thank you for achieving a remarkable 70 years dedicated and
loyal service. This is not only as a first tenor singer but also as an
outstanding assistant treasurer for most of your service. Best wishes
from all your friends in Mousehole MVC”. Derek then received a well
deserved standing ovation from all present.
choir will present Derek with something more substantial once the
restrictions have eased and all the choir can gather to mark this
wonderful anniversary together. Maybe this anecdote sums up Derek’s
dedication, as a carpenter and joiner he said “I was working on a roof.
fell off, fractured three vertebrae and did the Summer Concert in agony.
We did ‘Nidaros’ and I was determined I was going to sing that after
all the practice we had done on it over such a long time. I went to the
concert - but I wasn’t very comfortable”.
two outstanding pieces of music during the evening was the Choir
singing ‘Gwahoddiad’ with the Sierra wind Orchestra USA at St Mary's
church during the Golowan festival and also ‘And Can It Be’ at the
International Choir Festival Competition in 2019 in Truro Cathedral.
The final section included ‘The Old Woman’ conducted by Portia Grant at
Mousehole Chapel in 2009 and ‘You'll Never Walk Alone’ with guest
artist Faryl Smith from a recent Summer festival concert in St Mary's
Church, Penzance and the popular and most appropriate piece in these
difficult times "We Rise Again” recorded at Barnstaple Parish Church.
The evening finished with the blessing and prayer given by the Vicar,
Rev Andrew Yates.
evening would not have happened and been as successful as it was
without the amazing work which went into creating the virtual concert by
Steve Lawry and Kevin Wild. Thanks must also go to Rev Andrew Yates in
hosting this special evening.
Photo Credits: Jon Pender & Jane Harvey