Cornwall Community Choir started in July 2009. The ultimate aim was to get people singing in a network of community based choirs throughout the county.
If you enjoy singing - CCC is the choir for you. Unlike many community choirs, Cornwall Community Choir is very different in that it has a full time professional musician conducting it, with professional accompanists. We don't teach people to learn music "by ear" - we provide singers with music and encourage people to pick up basic music reading skills as they go along. ***Although we encourage people to learn some pieces from memory, we don't have a problem if someone finds this difficult and needs to use words or music as an aide memoire!
TV programmes such as "Last Choir Standing" and "The Choir " featuring Gareth Malone have done a lot for the world of choral singing in recent months. There are pop choirs, school choirs, male voice and ladies choirs, church choirs and community choirs, the vast majority of which meet in an evening, but there are also a lot of people who aren't doing any singing at all. Many of these people are free during the daytime.
Neil Shepherd formed a small chamber choir (Laudate) with 12 singers in March 2009 and now has over 30 people meeting regularly in Penzance. “Laudate!” is in huge demand for events throughout Cornwall. Neil also conducts the Bristol based "Schola Cantorum" Choir. His "Local Vocalz" group in Hayle has some 60 members and his "Falmouth Vocalz" has over 50 members mainly in the 20 to 65 age bracket, although there are a few outside of that age range too!
The first meetings of the Cornwall Community Choir were held in the summer of 2009 with daytime rehearsals during term time. There are five daytime groups running in Penzance, Falmouth/Penryn, Helston, St Ives/Hayle and Truro. Everyone is welcome. We welcome interest from people from all walks of life - young people at college, young mothers and fathers at home during the day, retired and semi-retired people. Our rehearsal venues are wheelchair friendly and easily accessible for people with mobility difficulties!
Neil would be interested in hearing from other choir trainers, accompanists and community musicians who may be interested in becoming involved with the choir. Additional accompanists are sometimes needed from time to time.
To register your interest, please contact Neil Shepherd on 07446 492266 or use the "Contact Us" button
Alternatively, just turn up at one of our rehearsals where you will be made to feel very welcome!
We have performed a lot of music over the years, including the following
Let The River Run - Carly Simon
The Water is Wide
A Flower Remembered - John Rutter
Shoshone Love Song
Climb Every Mountain
Dare to Dream
The Hills are alive (with the sound of music)
As Long as I have music
The Londonderry Air – Trad, arr. Bob Chilcott
As Time Goes By
I Love a Broadway Show
Rhythm of Life
Swing’s The Thing! – A medley of big band tunes!
With A Voice of Singing – Martin Shaw
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
The Irish Blessing – Bob Chilcott
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring – J S Bach
God So Loved the World – Bob Chilcott
Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel – Spiritual
Sloop John B
The Lord Bless You and Keep You – John Rutter
Medley of World War Songs
I Will Sing
Go Down Moses
The Lord’s My Shepherd – Townend
As I Kneel Before You – Parkinson
Follow the Heron
Tears from Heaven - Clapton
Jubilate Deo - Praetorius
Ave Maria – Arcadelt
All in the April Evening
A Place in the Choir
Mad About Mozart
Let’s Face the Music and Dance
We also have a large repertoire of Christmas items too!