Sterts and Lanlivery....busy weekend
We try to steer away from involvement in two concerts back to back, but sometimes we are asked to do something pretty special when our diary already has commitments in place. That is how it was on the weekend of 22nd/23rd September, with a date firmly fixed for Sunday in Lanlivery Church, a plan to have a joint concert in Sterts Theatre and Arts Centre at Upton Cross on Saturday 22nd, suddenly came to fruition.
For some time now, Rame Peninsula Male Voice Choir have been fundraising and promoting awareness of this £80,000 fund to purchase a new Molecular Diagnostic Scanner at Derriford Hospital, which will massively improve outcomes for cancer sufferers in Devon and Cornwall. We had been asked to support this event along with Launceston MVC and Tintagel Orpheus MVC. Sterts Theatre is a most unusual yet impressive venue, being neither 'inside' or 'outside'. The format was also unusual in that all three choirs sang en-mass all 16 songs set in the repertoire with less than an hours practice together, some of which were familiar, and some of which were new to some of the ensemble.
The conducting was shared by four MD's in turn, Penny Barclay, John Beare, Jonathan Mann, and finally our own Marcus Alleyne. The Choir consisted of 74 Choristers, including 29 from Loveny, once again showing great support for a very worthy cause.
With hilarious compering from David Fitzgerald, and beautifully sung solo sets from Amy Hodgson and Shelley Coulter-Smith, the evening was a great success in front of a large audience, and raised the sum of £1,362.00 for the Scanner Appeal.
Sunday, and on to the magnificent St Brevita's Church in Lanlivery for our concert featuring Guest Soloist Samantha Rowe, who delighted us with her expertise on the flute and with her amazing voice. Despite the wet and windy weekend weather, we experienced great support from audiences at both Sterts and St Brevita's. Earlier in the day we were thrown into borderline panic when our Accompanist Suzanne became ill. Thankfully, one of our Deputy Accompanists, Ann Fleet, was able to stand in at incredibly short notice. Phew!...Many, many thanks Ann!
Oh...must mention the keyboard foot pedal, that conspired to put us off in the last and most intense part of our set by 'squeeking' rather loudly. This has been sent to our adopted 'Clerk of the Works' Owain for investigation...and we trust will in future return to being just a silent and anonymous part of our kit.
Many thanks to the members of St Brevita's for their assistance, and providing a lovely warm spacious environment for the concert, to Marcus, Anne, Samantha and lastly Roger for yet again providing hilarious diversions with his Prowse poems. Thanks also to Roger again for delivering and taking away the trailer, and all those who went to Lanlivery in the morning to put up staging by necessity to avoid the 6.00 Harvest Festival Service.
A long break now before our next concert, which will be well worth noting down in the diary. Alongside Loveny on November 4th to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the end of the Great War, will be Levowan xii, who, with Soloist our own Colin Arthur, will perform the first movement of Patrick Hawe's new work 'The Great War Symphony'. Also appearing will be the superb 'Cornwall Music Service Trust Brass Quintet'. This ensemble of highly qualified musicians are all specialist Tutors in the South West, prepare to be 'blown' away!