IT IS infrequent for five Cornish male voice choirs to perform in concert together, but on November 19, over 130 choristers thrilled the audience in the Launceston Central Methodist Church.
Their very varied choral programme, was augmented by solo musical items, pieces on the organ by Jonathan Mann and Phil Taylor, and from local flautist Claire Fry. The evening concluded with a rousing rendition of Trelawny.
The choir was conducted by five different musical directors during the evening, and had only been able to rehearse together as one choir for the first time during the afternoon before the concert.
The event was hosted by the local Launceston Male Voice Choir who thanked the audience that filled the church to capacity for their support and generosity in making the evening such a successful one to cherish and remember.
The concert had been arranged in support of the Addington Fund, to celebrate their 15 years of help and support to the most vulnerable and needy in the local Cornish rural community.
A very substantial amount was raised for the Addington Fund from the event and all the monies raised from the sale of tickets, the raffle and the retiring collection will be used to provide assistance where no other financial help is available to alleviate distress and hardship. The fund was created in the wake of the 2001 foot and mouth disease crisis, and many have sought help since including the flood disaster victims of two years ago.
Ian Bell, director of the fund, who chaired the evening, said that he wanted to thank publicly the local Cornwall community again for their true community spirit and generous support in so many ways, and pledged that all the proceeds would be used in Cornwall and Devon.