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At the 'Cathedral of the Moor'

The picturesque village of Altarnun (originally spelt Altarnon after St Nonna) was the backdrop for a concert on Saturday June 24th in the imposing St Nonna's Church, built in the 15th century with unquarried moorland stone, and known locally as the Cathedral of the Moor. We were delighted to welcome our old friends Treverva Male Voice Choir, who joined us from the West of the County for this joint concert evening, with their Musical Director Paul Triggs and Accompanist Ruth Best.

Loveny began the proceedings by performing 'With a Voice of Singing', 'Steal Away' (with solo by Pat Broderick), 'Sweet Caroline', and 'Ride the Chariot', with solo by Colin Arthur.

Treverva began their first set with a beautifully powerful delivery of 'Divine Brahma' by G.Bizet (The Pearl Fishers), followed by 'Let it be Me' arrangement by A Humphreys, 'I Believe' by Drake, Graham, Shirl, and Stillman, and a fine medley of Cornish songs 'Men of Cornwall' by H. Glasson arrangement by. A Simmons. Before the interval our very own Roger James charmed us all as always with his recitation of 'Lightning Only Strikes Twice' from his collection of humorous Cornish poems by David Prowse.

After the break Colin Arthur sang a beautiful version of Simon & Garfunkels 'Bridge Over Troubled Waters', and Loveny performed their second set of songs, starting with 'The Song of Cornwall' (with solo by Andy Williams), followed by 'Home from the Sea', 'Kentucky Babe', and finally 'Alexander’s Ragtime Band'.

The second set from Treverva began with 'What Would I Do Without My Music' arrangement by A Humphreys, followed by 'How Soon' by A. Mancini, the rousing 'American Trilogy' arrangement by A Humphreys, and 'We Rise Again' by Dubinsky, arranged by S Smith.

Both choirs and members of the audience joined together to sing 'Gwahoddiad' and 'Morte Criste', a finale to bring a lovely evening to an end.

Our sincere thanks go to the large and appreciative audience who supported the event, Treverva MVC, our own 'team', MD Colin Arthur, Accompanist Mike Jones, and MC John Ead, and the Ladies of the Parish who provided a wonderful supper afterwards in the village hall....thank you all!

Though space was limited, especially for two choirs, an afterglow took place a short distance away in the Kings Head at Five Lanes. A warm thank you to Mandy for supplying refreshments.

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