Stithians St. Stythians Male Voice Choir Cornwall, UK

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Introduction
The St. Stythians Male Voice Choir is based in Stithians, a Cornish village centred in an area bounded by Falmouth, Helston, Redruth and Truro. The Choir was formed in 1947 (though records show that a choir existed intermittently from 1913). It is a founder member of the Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs. The Choir sings throughout Cornwall - from St. Buryan to Bude - and beyond. Through touring, links have been established with several other choirs including Croydon, Snowdown (Kent), Saddleworth (Lancs), Worcester, Budleigh Salterton, Beaufort (Ebbw Vale), Treharris, the Merthyr Tydfil Ladies Choir, and the Pontarddulais Male Choir. In 2004 we also met Audley MVC (at home), and Hart and Weybridge MVCs (away). We made a return visit to Audley in May 2007. A highlight of 1999 was a visit to Malta to participate in the 11th Malta International Choir Festival (we took third place). Highlights of 2000 were appearances on national and local BBC-TV's Children in Need, live from The Eden Project and at the Royal Albert Hall for the massed Cornish male voice choirs concert. We have appeared at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon on three occasions in
recent years, the most recent being in June 2012. We have visited and sung with Ystradgynlais Male Choir (South Wales) in 2008, Huntingdon MVC in Ely Cathedral (2012), with Saddleworth MVC in 2014, and at the Rottingdean Music Festival (Brighton) in 2010. We participated in the Cornwall Federation of MVCs massed BBC TV Songs of Praise performance in Truro Cathedral in 2008 and in the Royal Albert Hall Concert in 2013 (our 4th such concert there).
We won the Holman Challenge Cup at the County Music Festival in 2004. The Choir made a full commitment to all six Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festivals in 2003. 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 (see International Festival). The Choir celebrated its 65th Anniversary in 2012 with a special Gala Concert.

We were delighted that Dr. Roy Wales, founder of the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival, accepted our invitation to become President of the Choir in 2013.
We perform 20 or more concerts per year. Lighter, more modern music, together with some of the more traditional 'grand' male voice items, spirituals and hymns makes the Choir much in demand.

St. Stythians Male Voice Choir - A Brief History, written by Stan Stephens and produced by David Hutson, was published in January 2008. The book traces the history of the choir, insofar as we know it, from 1913. The names of almost 170 members of the Choir since 1947 are included in an appendix. It is now out of print but it remains a useful source of our history. Archive copies are held by David Hutson (01326 319943).

The Choir currently numbers some 45 members. Practices are held every Tuesday, 7.30 p.m. at Stithians Methodist Church. Potential new members are always welcome.

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