For the last eighteen months Holman-Climax male Voice Choir has been re-evaluating what it does in response to falling audiences and closing venues generally for male voice choirs without abandoning its traditional roots. It made a decision to take a completely new approach in terms of venue and format for some of its concerts, looking at a more varied programme, including audience participation in singing, humour and show-casing young talent within Cornwall. All this would be accompanied by a narration and relevant projected images to complement the programme.
The month of June saw the latest of these evenings take place at Camborne International Academy – the seventh since the choir implemented these changes and, as with the previous series of evenings, saw capacity audiences – in one week in Camborne the choir sang to over 400 people. Completely free, and including a pasty supper, the evenings wove a tale of Cornwall and its culture as well as including more contemporary approaches. Guests included Camborne young singer, Lisa Thomas, the energetic and talented Cousin Jacks boys’ group from Richard Lander School, the amazing talent of the Macquarrie brothers from Kehelland, on xylophone and fiddle, and young singers, Matt Eva and Maria Gay who sang songs from popular musicals. All this, plus the choir’s own contributions and the humour of Cornish dialect stories made the evenings a great success.
People came from a wide area, including one family of five who had travelled down from Warwickshire especially for the evening and the response was overwhelmingly positive, particularly from the significant number who had never experienced male voice singing before. Anyone wishing to be put on the choir’s list of those wishing information about further performances is invited to e-mail choir Publicity and Development Officer, David Oates, on firstname.lastname@example.org