13th December 2016 – Off to Padstow for the carols, was a little apprehensive about going to such a local community event . But I needn’t have worried; the singers were really friendly towards us and we were able to chat as we went from house to house. They sang in the streets and called on elderly people who joined in from their doorways – such lovely carols too! There was a big mix of men and women and children. It was lovely how the boys stood with the tenors and the girls with the sopranos, picking up the parts. A friend, Jenny, was there and I realised she was quite a mainstay for the women singers and the girls shared funny moments with her pretending to sing the bass parts!
17th – Went to Picrous Eve at Luxulyan. It was good to see all our old friends from that area and others came down from East Cornwall, so we had a good mix of ages gathered round the covered pool table! We soon got going with Nick Nicholls leading some off and had a good general sing (not just carols). We recorded Glory Glory – but is it a Fowey or Golant carol?!
18th – Went to Sally’s home town, St Day, in the eve to record St Day Carol with the Carharrack & St Day Silver Band. This is a regular event for our singers . The Daylight Choir (a newly formed St Day Choir) were singing when we got there. It was horrible weather so the band didn’t play for long but we did manage St Day with them before we all ran for shelter!
19th – Out to St Ives for their carol concert which was in the Fore Street Chapel. Squeezed between a mass of other buildings right on the habour it seemed a wonderful location to hear these carols that are from St Ives and nearby. I was really moved by the concert; beautiful singing with real feeling and William Thomas was lining out the verses. The sermons were quite moving too and the whole evening had a timeless quality to it. And then the whole congregation rose to sing Hellesveor …perfect!
20th – Sally and I drove down on a wet dark evening to the Halzephron Inn to record the Cadgwith Singers who sing there every year – a good evening chatting to quite a few people we knew and recording some of the songs. We presented them with a Shout Kernow book which was received well and Paul Collins said they knew a St Keverne version of While Shepherds which they then sang. Then he and his wife went into a back room with us and sang ‘What Heavenly Music’ as a duet (and another I didn’t know) Great stuff.
21st – Another evening visit, this time to hear the Moushole Male Voice Choir concert at Paul Church. It was very lovely with some great singing from the choir as well as from Kath Matthew’s daughters Twin Harmony. Amazingly we sat behind a trio who’d come from St Keverne who told us all about the THREE While Shepherds from the Lizard: St Keverne, Porthallow and ‘Welshy’. Incredible stuff!