Cornwall Tour 4-7 Oct 2019
Membership of the Choir has many benefits and a principle one is being part of a jolly social group which embraces partners, family members and friends. This wide group enjoys time together as well as the men singing and again this year we have had a choir tour, this time to Cornwall. Previously tours have been in different corners of the UK and abroad and we hope to venture afar soon. These tours of course take quite a bit of organisation and management and it is wonderful how members work together to make it all happen.
The 2019 Cornwall Tour launched with a recital in Buckfast Abbey on the afternoon of Friday 4th October. The choir was delighted to be accompanied by the Abbey organist David Davies. Having a pipe organ of that quality providing our backing was a fabulous though somewhat daunting experience. We did have a brief warm-up before the recital which helped and allowed our MD Ian and David to get us under control. It went well and David played a short solo item at the end for us to relax and enjoy the quality of the Buckfast Abbey organ.
We were comfortably accomodated in the Looe harbour side Portbyhan Hotel for three nights. This gave our party choices between relaxing in the hotel, watching the Rugby World Cup, investigating Looe or going on excursions on our coach. On the Saturday the coach went to Truro and on the Sunday to Polperro. After an early evening meal on Saturday we ventured to St Neot to join in a concert with the Loveny Male Voice Choir. As well as singing contrasting pieces we sang two pieces as a "massed choir" with each Music Director conducting one of them. After a successful concert both choirs and their supporters retired to "the Institute"for an afterglow. Loveny put-on a wonderful spread of food and soft drinks and "The Institute" bar was serving great beer!! Just what choristers need after a day at the office! We made it back to the hotel just before midnight having had a superb evening.
Sunday afternoon saw us putting on our own concert in aid of the RNLI in the boat hall on the quayside. Although the weather had not been kind to us thus far, that Sunday was a wonderful sunny day meaning we did actually have a good sized audience with many passers by stopping to listen. We sang a wide variety of songs accompanied by Rose and Kirsten. This was a real concert party as we had solo items from our very own Clive Oliver, Clive Lewis on cornet, and Chris Godwin singing a topical version of a song from Iolanthe. The event was a great success and the RNLI reported that they had raised more from our concert than any other 2019 Sunday concert. Well done Chepstow Male Voice Choir!!
As Monday was a wet miserable day, a vote on the bus, "democracy in action", decided to just head for home rather than the planned stop in Wells.
With grateful thanks to all who made it happen and participated.