Holman-Climax Choir recently ran the latest of its series of “Community Evenings” which set out to show the world of male voice singing in an entirely different light. Under its exciting and resourceful Musical Director, Angela Renshaw, the choir seeks to be constantly moving forward and on these occasions it departs from its traditional venues and repertoire and offers the public something entirely new. The evenings are free, they offer a pasty and a cup of tea at half time and they actively encourage audience participation. There is an element of traditional male voice repertoire but the choir seeks to offer new pieces of music and presents choir members in contexts other than musical – there are natural comedians in the choir who soon have the audiences in stitches. This is added to with the now obligatory dialect stories from the pen of Camborne’s master of that craft, the late Herbie Lean. Everything to do with these evenings has a Cornish connection and back projections of appropriate pictures accompany each item. In this respect, firm favourites are the wonderful cartoons of the Cornish Australian cartoonist, Oswald Pryor. This isn’t all the audience are invited to participate in, though, as there is always an element of community singing where the songs sung by the Cornish down the years are projected on the screen for all to join with – and they do, with gusto.
Every community evening has an essential ingredient – young, talented people from Cornwall are invited to showcase that talent to the capacity audiences that come to each show and they add greatly to the contribution made by the choir.
Holman-Climax was the first choir in the county to make both records and CD’s and last year it was first again in producing a DVD – “Cornwall, the land I love” which tells the story – with appropriate music by the choir and stunning film of Cornwall – of the great history of our county and the impact it has had on our way of life today. This DVD proved very popular and sold well. Following the success of that venture the choir has now produced a DVD of it last community evening which featured a wealth of local talent . One guest was world known banjoist, John Dowling from Redruth who performed both solo and with his wife Anna. Other guests were the Macquarrie family from Kehelland who both accompanied the choir and performed as a group using fiddle, guitar and drums. The most recent evening was privileged, too, to hear solo performances by the choir’s new joint accompanist, thirteen year old Angus Webster of Falmouth, who has a prodigious talent at such a young age. All this and more are on this new DVD entitled “An evening with Holman-Climax Choir and friends” – almost two hours of Cornish entertainment. This new DVD, and the previous DVD “Cornwall the land I love” are available by post for £12 each plus £1.50 post and packaging by writing to:
21 Laity Road
with cheques payable to “Holman-Climax Male Voice Choir”.
Anyone wishing to be kept in touch with events such as the community evenings and other likewise Cornish happenings are invited to e-mail David Oates at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive regular updates through a data base which already contacts several hundred people regularly.