The choir had a busy and exciting start to the Spring / Summer season,with a lunch-time concert at Wells Cathedral, five performances during the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival, culminating in our Spring Concert in Weybridge with the visiting Melbourne Welsh Male Choir. 

 Cornwall International Male Choral Festival 27th April -1st May 2017

The choir had a wonderful time taking a very full part in this the world’s largest male choir festival, with over 60 male choirs, youngsters and more mature folk, from many countries. We had a big party of 45 choir members and the same number of partners and friends, having fun together over five days based in Newquay and performing with enthusiasm and finesse across Cornwall.

On the way down to Cornwall we performed a lunchtime concert in Wells Cathedral; a lovely welcome from the locals, great acoustics, and we were in good voice, making for a really enjoyable concert and start to our trip. We also sang with other choirs in Truro Cathedral, Truro’s Hall for Cornwall, in the foodie fishing village of Porthleven and in the Eden Project. What great occasions for joining with other choirs, learning from other choirs, and having fun together, especially in the pub after the Porthleven concert! We also contrived at a couple of hours’ notice to sing in the magnificent house of the National Trust estate of Lanhydrock when bad weather forced the cancellation of our planned visit to Lands’ End.

For more pictures of the tour, go to the Cornwall 2017 Gallery

On two occasions in Cornwall we performed in the same concert as the Melbourne Welsh Male Choir, who were to be our guests in Weybridge at our sell-out concert on 6th May. So the choir returned happy (and tired!) with a few days rest before that concert.

 Spring Concert with Melbourne Welsh Male Choir on 6th May

This concert was a 400 seat sell-out seven weeks beforehand and a great example of the variety, entertainment and sheer quality of male voice choir performance. Between us we formed a choir numbering over 80 (not quite up to the 100 voices we had billed; sorry!) on stage for the eight numbers we sang together. Each choir also sang eight pieces from their own very different repertoires. It truly was a great evening of male voice choir singing, concluding with a standing ovation and with one very knowledgeable and musical audience member saying ‘what an amazing evening it was’.
We have an invitation from Melbourne Welsh to Weybridge WMC to be their guests in the coming years.

For more pictures, go to the Spring Concert 2017 Gallery

 To round off the success of the evening  the retiring bucket collection for the Princess Alice Hospice amounted to a magnificent £1,067. Thank you to all our supporters who contributed so generously.