THE CITY OF TRURO MALE VOICE CHOIR
CORNISH CHORISTERS TO OFFER TORREVIEJA CONCERTS.
The powerful male voices which make up the “City of Truro Male Voice Choir” should prove enough to lift the roof of concert venues in the ‘City of Salt’ this autumn!! This accomplished and numerous male voice choir will be performing in Torrevieja during the very first week of October 2012. Concert dates are as follows:-
MONDAY 1st October at 20.30h in the ‘Palacio de la Música’. Admission will cost only 3€ and the proceeds donated to local ALZHEIMER’S association, “AFA”.
THURSDAY 4th October at 20.45h in the Parrish church of the ‘Inmaculada Concepción’. Admission free. This concert will also feature local, Scandinavian mixed choir “Coro Nórdico de Torrevieja”.
DON’T MISS THESE OUTSTANDING CHORAL CONCERTS!!
Although the ‘City of Truro Male Choir’ of today, is recognised as having been formed as recently as 2002, its history dates back much further. Back in 1942, in the midst of the Second World War, a group of four men formed the ‘Carnon Valley Male Voice Choir’ and held their practices after having completed their daily duties as members of the ‘Home Guard’. The musical director was Gordon Hall, then the organist at Falmouth Parrish church. At the end of the war, in 1945, the choir expanded under the direction head teacher, Arnold Williams who remained in the post for the next twenty-eight years! During this period, the now 65 choristers won the County Music Festival on a number of occasions.
Meanwhile, in 1945 and only five miles away, ‘Chacewater and District Male Voice Choir’, under the direction of BBC musician, Foster Manley, was formed and offered their first pubic concert in November of that year. Over the following years, this choir too, went on to participate in Cornish music festivals, picking up a number of awards on the way.
Whilst these two neighbouring choirs performed together on a number of occasions, it was not until the early 1990’s that the two musical groups amalgamated to form the “Chacewater and Carnon Vale Male Voice Choir”. With boosted numbers and under the baton of Ann Birch, over the next seven years, the choir participated in festivals from Truro to Cheltenham and set off on their very first overseas tour to Germany.
In 2002 the “Chacewater and District Male Voice Choir” moved its headquarters to Cornwall’s capital, Truro and logically, a change of name for the choir became necessary. It was in this year that the “City of Truro Male Choir” came into being. Already an accomplished choir, in May of this same year, these Cornish choristers went on to win the coveted ‘Senior Calls Challenge Cup’ at the prestigious Cheltenham Music Festival. Other recognition quickly followed through the awarding of choral prizes and the choir travelled to various parts of Great Britain to offer their quality style of music. During 2007, the “City of Truro Male Choir” began to further increment its numbers through the interest of younger singers, something which has continued since then and led to the future strength of the choir.
In March of 2008, “City of Truro” participated in the Cornwall Music Festival, winning the Holman cup (Male Voice Choir – Championship Class), the Everett Heath cup (best adult choir performance) and the Jose cup (for best overall choir performance). The marks achieved by the choir in all categories were equivalent to “outstanding” and one of the principal judges commented, “Rousing, catching, magical. A rich, full texture still reverberating in my ears!” Later that same year, the choir successfully completed and enjoyed an overseas tour to Belgium.
City of Truro’s ever-growing reputation for quality is a result of the meticulous standards which have been set by the musical director. Their reputation is confirmed by the large and enthusiastic audiences which attend their concerts and the requests for repeat performances.
The “City of Truro Male Voice Choir” have made two albums of their music: “For the Good Times” (2006) and “Feelings” (2009).
For more information concerning this outstanding male voice choir, or to listen to some of their music, please see: www.cityoftruromalechoir.co.uk