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Choir with a proud history is disbanded

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

Newlyn Male Choir in happier days – almost 50 members are present in this photocall which was taken in 1987, more than three times the number than when it was dissolved.

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ONE of Cornwall's oldest choirs has been disbanded because of falling numbers.

The decision to dissolve Newlyn Male Choir, the county's third oldest male voice choir, was taken by members at a recent rehearsal and will be ratified at a committee meeting on Monday.

Bryan Marshall, a life member of the choir, said: "It is down purely to a lack of members.

"We were fortunate to recruit a couple of new ones recently, but at the same time three existing members decided, for various reasons, to leave, leaving us with 13.

"After giving the matter a lot of thought and lengthy discussion, it was decided we were no longer in a position to continue."

Formed in 1921, the choir has travelled extensively over the years, a highlight being performing in Westminster Abbey and taking part in two combined concerts in the Royal Albert Hall.

There have also been three overseas trips to Brittany where they represented Newlyn and Cornwall in an international folk festival with renowned Cornish performer, Brenda Wootton.

Mr Marshall added: "We express our grateful thanks to our past musical directors and accompanists, to all past loyal and dedicated members and to the public for all their support over the years."

Several members have plans to join another choir.

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