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                                                                       NEWQUAY MALE VOICE CHOIR

Newquay Male Voice Choir would like to wish everyone in Newquay and the surrounding area a very happy and harmonious 2015.

After a busy pre-Christmas period which saw the choir fulfil 5 engagements and its a capella ‘boy band’, Oll an Gwella, fulfil a further 8 in just a little over 3 weeks, the choir has had a well-deserved rest.  However, it is now back in harness and preparing for a very busy 2015.  Wednesday evenings find the choir in Newquay Methodist Church in Beachfield Avenue under the direction of Judith Pinguey, assisted by Chris Bennett, learning new pieces and honing some that are more familiar in preparation for a year that promises to be every bit as interesting, enjoyable and busy as last year’s 40th anniversary.

The choir’s first performance of the year will be at the Hotel Victoria on Saturday, 31st January in a concert, starting at 7.00pm, raising funds for the United Reform Church Soup Kitchen and the on-going maintenance of the Huer’s Hut.  Future highlights already confirmed for the rest of the year include performing and competing in the Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival to be held over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend and a tour to South Wales in October.  Concerts have also been confirmed with Huntington Male Voice Choir, St Stythians Male Voice Choir and Trenance Academy Boys Choir in February and Newquay Town Band in November.  The choir will be performing with guests at Crantock in April and in St Newlyn East in May.  Look out for them in the Princess Pavilions in Falmouth in June, on the Killacourt in July, bag packing in Morrison’s in August and at the Fish Festival in September.  And, just to whet the appetite further, several events with special guests and celebrity comperes are in the pipeline, with details to be confirmed shortly.  None of the above includes the busy round of pre Christmas engagements which, amongst other things, will see the choir this year helping to lead the carol singing round the Christmas Tree during the Christmas lights festival.

Oll an Gwella carried out 60+ performances last year and it looks as though they will be doing much the same this year.  Look out for them in residential homes and community group meetings or where a festival is occurring, especially if it is a beer festival.  In March they will be performing in the Hall for Cornwall, contributing to a Royal Shakespeare Company/Treviglas Community College initiative which sees local Newquay primary schools offering interpretations of parts of some of Shakespeare’s plays.  June finds the group performing at the Royal Cornwall Show and then enjoying a weekend away in the Rhondda Valley where they plan to meet up with local groups to share a few songs and, quite probably, a few lemonades.

Details of both the full Newquay Male Voice Choir programme and the Oll an Gwella programme can be found via the Newquay Male Voice Choir website, www.newquaymalevoicechoir.co.uk  To book the full choir contact the secretary, David Bendall, on 01726 860193; for Oll an Gwella contact Rob Spowart on 01637 879446.

Jim Christophers       12.01.15