choir practice a couple of weeks before, our Chairman, Jon Pender,
asked who would be able to sing in Mousehole on Monday 18th July?
Questions were then asked, “What is the Occasion?” Reply, “Can’t Tell You! But Anna will be singing with us.” Further questions by choir members were asked, but the reply came back “We can’t say anything, we’ve been sworn to secrecy!”
About forty members of the choir were able to commit to this mysterious
event and it wasn’t until the Friday before at the extra choir practice
for the Summer Concert that the mystery about this event was at last
the hottest day ever, the singers in Mousehole Male Voice Choir dressed
in their uniforms and made their way through road closures to form up
by the harbour, all so that they could perform for the Duke and Duchess
of Cornwall during their visit to the village.
choir formed up, traditionally where they assemble when the Harbour
Lights are switched on at Christmas. But no coats and scarves were
needed, when we sang without blazers or jumpers (but with a concession
to those needing shady hats). Taking part in the choir was First Tenor,
Derek Harvey who has nearly completed an astonishing 72 years of loyal
and Camilla walked through the crowd to greet us and listen to our
singing, especially, Alwyn Humphreys arrangement of “You’ll Never Walk
Alone” in which the lead was taken by the Ukrainian opera singer Anna
Zoshchuk - who had previously joined the choir earlier in the year for
two separate concerts and we can’t hear enough of her exceptional
musical talents. The Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall, Edward Bolitho O.B.E.
introduced H.R.H. Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall to
Anna, and our musical director, Stephen Lawry, who also presented the
Duchess of Cornwall with a book of the choir’s history, "A Century of
Song”. The Prince asked the choir to sing another song and Dan Forrest’s
adaptation of "And Can It Be” was chosen.
was warm work but worth it to help show the village off at its very
best - the sun shining on the cottages, the boats and swimmers in the
harbour, the various village organisations as well as ourselves, even
Cornish ice-cream. Seeing it through Royal eyes brings home to us in
MMVC how special it is to live in Cornwall and continue its traditions.
Photographs courtesy of Greg Martin (1), Viv Jones (3), Penzance Town Council (1).