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Cornwall International Male Choral Festival
The Choir performed at the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival 2017 in the Hall For Cornwall Truro on the 29th April 2017. We were judged to be "The Best Cornish Choir for under 40 Voices" and were awarded the St Stythians Cup. The months of hard work have been rewarded and congratulations to all concerned. Follow us on Facebook and our Photo Gallery
 
Wadebridge Festival Of Music
On the 10th May Tintagel entered the Wadebridge Festival of Music, to compete against our friends the Wadebridge Male Voice Choir. The Wadebridge Choir were on stage first. Their first song was in Russian and their second was in Latin and they produced a beautiful sound which we all thought was a winning performance. We were on stage next, performing "Singers of the world Unite" and "Spiritual Jubilee". Afterwards the adjudicator found minor faults with both choirs but awarded both Choirs a Merit of Distinction and to our choir the Winners Trophy!!! A copy of our performance is on our Photo Gallery under Memorable Concerts and is free to listen to. Enjoy!
 
Looking forward 2017
The Choir has been very busy over these winter months, rehearsing new songs for the 2017 season and our Musical Director Penny Barclay has been working tirelessly to create the best sound from the Choir.
The Choir will be challenged early in the season with two competitions. The first being on the 10th March at the Wadebridge Music Festival where our main competitor Wadebridge Male Voice will be challenging us for the Wadebridge Trophy, both choirs take the challenge seriously but are always friends afterwards.
The second competition is on 29 April at the Truro International Choir Festival This is a large competition attracting Choirs from all over the world and we will be working hard to give the best sound on the day. As always we welcome support from all our friends and supporters at all our concerts throughout the year. Details of our concerts dates are in the Schedule of Events page.

Chairman's Report

Looking Back 2016
For the 2016 season we started early appearing on two occasions on the BBC Spotlight news singing Carols the week before Christmas which we were very pleased to do and was good publicity for the Choir.
Following on with songs focused on the theme of "Love" for our Cabaret Night in March. The choir and Soloist's had been practicing for weeks to provide a very entertaining evening. Comments from the audience and from the choir wives all agreed the Concert was a resounding success.
In June, we held our annual joint Concert with the Bristol University Madrigal Ensemble. This was held at the Tintagel Methodist Church. Where the two Choirs performed their different styles of music, The Bristol Choir with their secular vocal music composition and the more traditional style of the TOMVC producing a full and enjoyable programme to a packed audience in the afternoon Concert.
In July The Massed Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs Held a Concert in the Plymouth Pavilions. Choirs from all over Cornwall had rehearsed in preparation for this popular concert. Our Choir was well represented, with nearly the whole choir in attendance. News from the organisers indicated a successful concert.
No Choir can survive without funds to pay for sheet music, equipment and the professional musical team who direct and support the choir.
So throughout this year we held several very successful events one of which was held at Barbara and John Sadler's house organised by them and with the help the choir and their wives, provided an enjoyable & well-attended Barbeque which raised much needed funds for the Choir. Another annual favourite was our Summer Concerts, there were 5 in total, which we hold at the Tintagel Social Hall. These concerts are very popular with our supporters and holiday makers, especially our very Cornish Auction held during the interval where produce donated, was either grown or made by our choir members and supporters. Everything from Flower's, Tomatoes, to delicious homemade cakes.
Charities - Over the years the Choir has raised thousands of pounds for our local charities and this year is no exception. We have sung at various locations for local Charities. They included St Breock Church, The RNLI open air Concert in Bude, Brockhill Chapel, Liftondown Chapel, Otterham Hall and the Joint Charity Concert of 5 Choirs at the Launceston Central Methodist Church, which raised a total of £3750 and a cheque is to be presented to the Addlington Fund for the Somerset flood victims at the Lanreath Village Hall on the 12 February 17.
We were also privileged to sing at two Weddings this year, to be involved in the couple's special day is a joy to us.
My special thanks go to all those who make the choir a success, they include Penny Barclay MD, Jennifer May Accompanist, Mervin Colwill Assistant MD, the Committee for their support throughout the year, Alan dawe, Andrew Barclay who stepped in during Penny's absence, our wives, girlfriends and supporters also known as the WAGs. Led by Jenny Metters and her team, who worked throughout the year producing homemade food and organising events like the Cabaret Night and the Summer BBQ, their efforts help make these occasions so successful and our thanks go to all involved and last but not least the men of the Choir, who throughout the year work hard to produce a distinctive sound.
 
Bob Metters
 
Choir Chairman

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