After an extremely long 17 months, unable to sing or meet each other, the Cornwall Symphony Chorus have finally returned and joined together for our first rehearsal. What an experience it was for us all – it was as if we’d never been away! For all those members who thought their voices were not in a good place; how wrong they were! The sound was amazing with 17 months of pent up singing just waiting to be set free.
Now we have started rehearsals for our first Concert which will be the much loved Christmas Concert on Saturday 4th December 2020 at Truro Methodist Church at 7.30pm. Always an unforgettable Concert for Chorus and audience alike, this year will be extra special after the unsettling 17 months we have all experienced, and we wanted to give you advance notification that WE ARE BACK!
Further information will be put on the website and Facebook nearer the time regarding ticket availability but we hope you will be as excited about this Concert as we are – we certainly look forward to seeing you all again.
Alastair Taylor (Musical Director) and Sally Woollacott (Chairman)
The sad news we have received today that His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has died will be, I am sure, upsetting for many.
His unswerving dedication to our Country and committed support to his wife; our Queen Elizabeth II, enabled her and the Royal Family to carry out their duties for over 70 years.
The Committee and members of Cornwall Symphony Chorus wish to extend our sympathy to the Royal Family at this most sad time.
2020 has been a most difficult year for everyone!
For all of our members in Cornwall Symphony Chorus it has been a frustrating and, for some, a lonely year. As a group we find our fortnightly rehearsals a real pleasure; an opportunity to come together, sing and socialise. It is a well-known and accepted fact that singing, especially in a choir, can have a positive effect on a person and this has been missed by many during 2020.
Performing for all our friends and supporters is also great fun for us and that has been sadly lacking this year, disappointingly so.
However, looking forward into 2021, our intention is to get back to singing together again. Plans are in place to start rehearsals (safely distanced of course and abiding by guidelines) and new songs will be learnt, to ensure we are ready for our concert on July 17th at Truro Methodist Church.
The concert will be advertised, and tickets be made available during the first half of 2021 so keep checking on the website.
In the meantime, the Cornwall Symphony Chorus would like to wish all our friends a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year, with the hope that 2021 will be safer for everyone and allow us all to regain some sense of ‘normality’ again.
Alastair Taylor (Musical Director) and Sally Woollacott (Acting Chairman)
Cornwall Symphony Chorus
As everyone is aware, our Christmas Concert really is the highlight of our, and we suspect your, annual calendar and a great deal of practice is put into making it a wonderful experience for everyone involved. Sadly this year, due to the Covid 19 virus, our members have not been able to attend any rehearsals so, with great reluctance, the decision has been made to cancel the Christmas Concert in December. The welfare of our chorus members, as well as our ever loyal supporters, is of paramount importance to us which prompted this decision.
For those of you who had purchased tickets for our St Just concert, we had advised you that those tickets could be swapped for the Christmas concert tickets which will not now be an option. However, the two choices now available to you is as follows:
- Retain your tickets and exchange them for the first concert for 2021 which will be in July at Truro Methodist Church or,
- You can request a refund from our Treasurer; Alice Allsworth. You must return your tickets to her including full details of your name and address and, upon receipt of the tickets, she will issue a cheque to you. If you choose to request a refund please contact Alice on 07870 676412to obtain further details.
Looking forward, Alastair Taylor, our Musical Director, and the Cornwall Symphony Chorus are excited about our plans including lots of new music which we know everyone will love.
We have sorely missed performing for you all; music is an important part of our lives as I suspect it is for you. However, following this break, we intend to come back stronger than we were before and we look forward to seeing you all again!
Sally Woollacott, Vice Chair
Sadly we have to announce that the Concert due to be held on Saturday 28th March at the Miners Chapel, St Just has been cancelled. For further details regarding ticket refunds please contact the Treasurer; Alice Allsworth – 07870 676412.
We hope that we will be living in a less uncertain environment by December and will be able to see you all at our well- loved Christmas Concert. Keep watching the website for further information.
In the meantime please keep safe and stay healthy.
Tickets for this wonderful Concert will be available from 1st February. We look forward to seeing you all there.
As in previous years our Christmas concert was, once again, a resounding success.
We were extremely honoured to have Melanie and Daniel Hoadley as our guest performers and they were extremely well received by both the audience and chorus members.
Our Christmas concert is always well attended and this one was no exception with tickets selling very quickly.
The retiring collection this year was for Macmillan Cancer Support and raised a magnificent sum of money in excess of £770! Many thanks to everyone for their wonderful support.
Our next concert is on the 28TH March at the Miners Chapel, St Just – when our guest will be the well loved Tenor; Peter Ferris. Tickets will be available soon. We hope to see you all there.
Here is our lovely poster for our Annual Christmas Concert. We can’t wait to share what we’ve put together or you.
Another wonderful Concert was recently held at St Michaels Church, Newquay. It is a wonderful venue to perform in and the sound was stupendous resulting in a few tears when the Chorus performed ‘Anthem’.
Directed and compered by Alastair Taylor and accompanied by Philip Davey, Jack Callow and Tania Lord, with guest local soloists; Tara Woollacott and Roxanne Dash, the evening was well received by the audience with numerous extremely positive comments at the finale. “It was the best classical concert I have ever been to” one gentleman said and another visitor from Denmark, who was drawn in after hearing the singing from outside the church and decided to stay for the concert commented that he had never heard such beautiful singing before and that it was the highlight of his trip. Praise indeed.
The retiring collection was for Cornwall Air Ambulance and we are pleased to confirm that a total of £204.91 was collected which will be added to the £1.7million already raised for the new Heli Appeal. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this worthwhile fund.
Cornwall Symphony Chorus never fail to reach the standard required to be considered a prestigious choir of reputable standing and this concert was certainly no exception.
Rehearsals are now under way for our famous Christmas Concert which will be held at Truro Methodist Church on Saturday 7th December. Further information regarding ticket sales will be advertised nearer the date.
Last Saturday evening’s concert at St Mary’s Church, Penzance was well received by all those who attended. Our latest offering, including several new pieces, produced enthusiastic applause alongside the professional and memorable offering by two members of the Redruth Amateur & Operatic Society Trust (RAOST), Julia Cockerham and Gareth Harris who entertained us with songs from the Society’s new production; West Side Story.
A retiring collection was made for the Samaritans.
For anyone who was not able to join us at this recent concert don’t worry. Our next creation will be on Saturday, 3rd August in Newquay at St Michael’s Church at 7.30pm.
Our guest soloists for that evening will be Roxanne Dash, Paul Dash and Tara Woollacott, all exceptionally talented singers in their own right who will guarantee to engage and entertain the audience.
The retiring collection at that event will be for Cornwall Air Ambulance.
Cornwall Symphony Chorus have performed at St Michael’s previously and there is always plenty of support so make sure you get your tickets early (available through CRBO 01726 879500 or www.crbo.co.uk), or from 01209 842977.
We look forward to seeing you there!