When the Mevagissey Male Choir step on to the risers at St John’s in St Austell on Saturday 2nd May, they will be achieving yet another memorable landmark in their proud history – their 1,000th concert.
Following hard on the heels of last year’s 40th anniversary celebrations, which included a Gala concert at the Eden Project, this new milestone coincides with the Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival. As a result the Meva Choir will be sharing the stage for this momentous event with choirs from Germany, Switzerland, Wales and England.
Mevagissey Male Choir’s first ever concert took place on 17th April 1975, five months after the original 20 founder members got together to sing. Six of those founders are expected to take their places on the risers on 2nd May – a seventh, David Foard, who until recently was still singing with the Choir, sadly passed away only last month.
Since those early days the Choir have visited the USA, Canada, Germany, France, Holland, Portugal and the Republic of Ireland, as well as Wales and Scotland, and have performed three times in Westminster Abbey, the only male voice choir believed to have done so.
Later this summer the Choir have been invited to sing with the Plymouth Military Wives Choir at the Plymouth Guild Hall and they are already looking forward to the concerts they will perform on the Mevagissey quayside every Monday evening in August.