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History ~ The Early Days

Our ex-Chairman, Stan Stephens of Stithians chronicled a short history of male voice singing in Stithians (Fifty Years of Song, The Stithians Times, Vol. 88, March/April 1997). These notes are taken fron his article.
The first choir was formed in the early 1900s. Its conductor was J.H.Bowden and the accompanist was Lewis Pascoe, whose version of While Shepherds Watched ... we still sing at Christmas. The choir appears to have disbanded during World War I but was reformed in May 1919 with the same officers.

Choir photo 1949

The Reverend Hills took over as conductor in 1922 to be followed by J.H. Mitchell (Headmaster of Stithians School) in 1924. Sadly it was decided in August 1926 to disband this choir. The reason is unrecorded. It is interesting to note that some of the music from that period, Drake's Drum, The Newquay Fishermen's Song, On the Sea, etc still remain in our music library of some 350 pieces.

The above photograph is an early one of the 'modern'
choir taken in 1949. Musical Director, Sydney Bowden,
is holding the County Shield. We are indebted to
Roy Pascoe, a founder member (back row, fourth
from the left) for providing an original copy of
this photograph. Roy left the choir after
54 years of service. He was choir President
for many years and remained so until his death in 2012.

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