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Mousehole Male Voice Choir wow London at weekend of Cornish singing

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: November 07, 2013

  • Mousehole Male Voice Choir's final rehearsal at Paul Church before travelling to London for a special weekend

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MOUSEHOLE Male Voice Choir hit the bright lights of London for its annual tour at the weekend.

The group sang at a special concert in front of a packed audience at Southwark Cathedral on Friday, and the following night joined 27 other ensembles to make up the Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs for a "truly memorable" night at the Royal Albert Hall, attracting fans from all over the world.

Trevor Walker, a bass in Mousehole's group and resident of Paul village, said both occasions were wonderful and he really enjoyed performing.

The Southwark concert went extremely well, he said – "The folks at the cathedral said they'd never had such a big crowd" – and their pianist Annette Turton did a great job as always.

The following evening, celebrating 30 years of the Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs, saw nearly 600 Cornish singers join together, with west Cornwall represented in force.

Choirs from Marazion, St Buryan, Newlyn and Hayle and Praze were among them, said Mr Walker, forming an ensemble of a size not seen since 1983.

"It was something very special; it had an amazing atmosphere," he said. "It made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end – but both nights were really exciting."

Many Mousehole singers, who had been performing for decades, had said afterwards it was one of the best concerts they had ever been involved in, and their musical director Stephen Lawry had the privilege of leading the first four items at the Royal Albert Hall.

The performance beneath the famous dome was the culmination of 15 months of hard work by singers drawn from all over Cornwall.

A total of 590 men took part, raising money for the RNLI, the Cornish Hospices and the Radio Cornwall Appeal.

The evening was compèred by the Bishop of Truro, the Right Reverend Tim Thornton, while the Cornwall Youth Orchestra also performed.

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