Categories: Concerts, News

The beginning of February will see the Holman-Climax Male Voice Choir continue with its popular series of Community Evenings which offers something different from the traditional male voice repertoire.  The choir offers what you would expect from a Cornish male choir but as part of a much bigger and more varied package.  Audience participation and community singing is popular with the public, as are the stories of Camborne’s king of dialect writing, the late Herbie Lean.  These stories are of their time, pre-war and the early 1950’s and reflect a Cornwall that no longer exists – where everyone in a community knew and trusted everyone else.  The humour is typically Cornish – dry and simplistic, in the best sense of that word, and is as amusing today as when it was first written.  Individual members of the choir entertain as well, in both sung and spoken form.

A special feature of these evenings, however, is the choir’s desire to showcase young, local talent and for these two evenings are no exception.  One guest will be choir member’s daughter, Kiri Wedlock, currently a musician with the Royal Marines band in Plymouth.  Kiri will play the recorder and those who only know the treble recorder from primary school will be amazed at her skill and versatility on this instrument. The other guest is a considerable coup for the choir as it has obtained the services of a world-class musician, John Dowling, to perform at both concerts.  John was educated in Cornwall and was a skilled violinist before discovering the banjo – and he is to the banjo what the classical guitarist is to the guitar.  John performs and gives master classes, world-wide and came first overall in the USA National Banjo Championships – a tremendous achievement.  John is joining Holman-Climax again later this year for a joint project celebrating our great mining and industrial heritage and an exciting album should be the result.  Indeed, John is volunteer worker in the Rosevale Mine near Zennor which is re-creation of a nineteenth century tin mine and part of these concerts will reflect our mining heritage.

This is a rare chance to hear a world class musician in our area and booking is essential to ensure a seat.  Entry is free, and includes a pasty and a cup of tea as usual.  There will be two performances on Friday 1st February and Friday 8th February which will be essentially the same with small variations in some items.  People are welcome to attend either, or both, and should contact David Oates, preferably by e-mail on or phone on 01209 716559 to book and seat and give a pasty preference (beef or veg).