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Spring Sing in Callington


Our Concert season for 2018 began at a 'packed' St Mary's Church in Callington on Saturday 14th April, on a lovely Spring evening. It was a great opportunity at last to blow away the cobwebs in full voice, after a prolonged period of practice during an unforgiving and wet first three months of the year. Though several of our Choristers had succumbed to yet another round of the 'bug', the Choir was able to assemble in good strength and spirit for this first outing.

A big thank you to our guest soloist for the evening, the very talented young local musician Merryn Rosie Cocking, who played two sets of trumpet solo's which were hugely appreciated by the large audience. The first set 'Tico Tico' and 'Songs my Mother Taught Me', followed in the second half with 'By Trevone Bay', 'I Fall in Love too Easily' and the spirited piece 'Chanson Napolitaine' by Tchaikovsky. Merryn is currently studying music at Falmouth College. She is a member of both the Cornwall Youth Orchestra and the South West Philharmonia and Chorus, and so is well known to our Musical Director Marcus Alleyne, as he is also the Musical Director of the SWP&C.

Of course no Concert would be complete without our very own Roger James performing a very amusing recitation from the pen of Cornish Poet David Prowse, on this occasion titled 'All in the Service'.

Loveny's repertoire for the evening began appropriately, 'With a voice of Singing', followed by 'The Song of Cornwall', 'Gwahoddiad' and 'American Trilogy'. The pace was calmed down for our second set, 'Softly as I leave you', 'Let the Lower Lights', 'The Rose' and 'Tibyay Payom'. After the interval, our third set returned to 'lively', starting with 'African Prayer' and Alexander's Ragtime Band', followed by 'Ride the Chariot' and one of our firm favourites, 'Home from the Sea'. The final set of the evening started with the lullaby 'Kentucky Babe' and continued with three of our most recent additions, 'There Will I Be', 'Hallelujah' and finally, 'Dan Forrest's' arrangement of 'And Can it Be'.

We thank our MD Marcus for all his dedication and hard work trying to shape us into a 'presentable' Choir, to Suzanne Brodie who provided our accompaniment beautifully as always, and our MC John Ead who kept the audience informed and amused. It was great to back in 'action' again, and in front of a large and appreciative audience who we thank sincerely for coming along to support us, and the charity 'Macmillan Nurses'.

Many thanks also to our own 'Loveny Ladies' for hosting the door, and running the raffle, and Roy Sandover for organising the event and putting out the word in this his 'stamping ground'. Many thanks also to the Reverand Tony Stephens and the Staff at St Mary's for allowing us the use of their beautiful Church. After such a welcome in Callington, we most certainly plan to return.

Our next concert will be at St Just on Saturday 28th April, with Marazion MVC, followed by an evening in Paul church with Penzance Orpheus Ladies Choir on Sunday 29th, as part of our Land's End tour.


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