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Christmas at Home ..... with Friends


Few villages in Cornwall, possibly the Country, are blessed with the level of musicality that St Neot can muster. On the evening of Thursday 20th December, the Parish Church was again alive with the sound of music as Loveny were joined by the Caradon Youth Choir, Samantha Rowe, Merryn Rosie Cocking, Rosemary Turner and Maggie Holden, to present a superb evening of varied Christmas music to get us all in the festive mood.

Our Annual Christmas concert in St Neot Church with all proceeds given to church funds, is our way of saying thank you to the village folk and the church. It is always a well attended event and Thursday 20th December 2018 was no exception, with our large audience participating with enthusiasm in congregational carols.... and the animated 'Schneewalzer' and '12 Days of Christmas'.

Whenever we are joined by young choirs, especially at Christmas time, it introduces an extra element of joy. The Caradon Youth Choir are comprised of choristers ranging from the very young, to late teens, and presented soloists from the young to older members. Judging by the smiles on their faces, they thoroughly enjoy their music, and we did too!

During the year, we like to promote local talent in our concert programmes. Merryn Rosie Cocking is an accomplished young musician from Harrowbarrow near Callington, who has impressed us with her performance on the trumpet on a previous occasion, and she delighted us all yet again. Merryn is well known to our MD Marcus, as she also plays the trumpet in the South West Philharmonia and Chorus Orchestra, who's Director of Music is also Marcus.

A concert would not be the same without at least one poem from our own 'Bard' Roger, 'A Word to the Wise' his David Prowse nativity rib tickler for this occasion, definitely hit the right note and was delivered impeccably as always.

Samantha Rowe, another very talented local young lady who has performed with us on a few occasions now, not only displayed her considerable abilities on the flute playing a Bach Flute Sonata, but also sang a beautiful duet 'The Prayer' with our own very talented founder member, and Deputy MD, Colin Arthur.

As if all that wasn't enough, close friends of the Choir for some years now, and renowned local Soprano singers Maggie Holden and Rosemary Turner, each sang a personal favourite song, and towards the end of the concert together sang the 'Flower Duet' by Lakme, which as always had us standing in appreciation. This was an evening to savour and remember for the lovely music of such variety, along with the good humour and fun that typifies a Loveny Christmas Concert.

Many thanks to our excellent Musical Team, MD Marcus Alleyne and Accompanist Ann Fleet, not forgetting Kate Rogers playing the Church organ so beautifully for the congregational carols, and all of our superb guests who helped to make the evening such a success. Many thanks also to the Church supporters for the wonderful supper provided for us all afterwards in the village hall.

That brings an end to the Loveny year, a year in which we were called upon 30 times to sing in various locations around the county, for a variety of events and occasions. We have all enjoyed the festive period, and now look forward to buckling down and working on our new programme for 2019.

We wish you all a 'Happy and Healthy New Year', and sincerely hope you will continue to support us and enjoy our singing in the year ahead!

#LovenyMVC #LovenyMaleVoiceChoir #MarcusAlleyne #StNeot #SamanthaRowe #MerrynRosieCocking #ColinArthur #MaggieHolden #RosemaryTurner #CaradonYouthChoir

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