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Mevagissey Male Choir

Founded 1974

LET THE LOWER LIGHTS BE BURNING




Brightly beams our Father’s mercy,

From His lighthouse ever more,

But to us He gives the keeping

Of the lights along the shore.


               

      Let the lower lights be burning!

      Send a gleam across the wave!       Some poor fainting, struggling seaman

     You may rescue, you may save.      



Dark the night of sin has settled,

Loud the angry billows roar,

Eager eyes are watching, longing,

For the lights along the shore.



                 Let the lower lights be burning….



Trim your feeble lamp, my brother,

Some poor sailor, tempest-tossed,

Trying now to make the harbour,

In the darkness may be lost.



              Let the lower lights be burning…

MEVERSATILITY!


We like to think that our repertoire is broader, with a more modern element, than most, embracing music from the classics, the theatre and pop, as well as more traditional choir pieces and music from Cornwall’s own rich choral heritage. We enjoy being stimulated both musically and linguistically and, under long-serving Music Director Graham Willcocks, we have succeeded in tackling many challenging four-part arrangements. To appreciate our sound, and our versatility, click on any of the links below. Bohemian Rhapsody, perhaps the most iconic of the late Freddie Mercury’s many hits, features Second Tenor Graham Hoskins on guitar. Not for faint-hearted male voice choirs! Many choirs sing Nessun Dorma, but few attempt it in Italian. Our interpretation has often brought the house down.


Sung partly in Zulu, Homeless, featuring the late, much-missed, Robin Hunkin, is a 1986 song by Paul Simon and Joseph Shabalala. Remember Blue Moon by the Marcels? You will when you hear this! And we turned to showtime for Anthem from Chess.


Finally, traditionalists may prefer Morte Christe. And here’s a piece that we’re frequently asked to sing as an encore. Lower Lights is firmly in our roots and reminds us and our audiences that we are a choir from a working fishing village.


Coming soon: Au Fond du Temple Saint, (from Bizet’s ‘Pearl Fishers’); Fat Bottomed Girls, by Queen; Mansions of the Lord, from the film ‘We Were Soldiers’; Only You, à la The Flying Pickets; and the powerful Canadian anthem, ‘We Rise Again’.


Listen to samples form our CDs here

Comments from a recent performance:

I do have a weakness for the sound of male voice choirs, and Mevagissey did not disappoint. They performed such a wide repertoire that there was literally something for everyone, although my personal favourites were ‘The Rose’ and ‘Hallelujah’. But their final song, ‘Lower Lights’, dedicated to Trevor Grills from the Fisherman’s Friends, had an extra poignancy and was performed beautifully:     

Tracy Wilson, BBC Radio Cornwall (Compere)

 Thank you all for performing for us. I know that I speak for everyone when I say that we all thoroughly enjoyed it. The Mevagissey Male Voice choir are not like other choirs …. they all have the most amazing voices and when put together come up with  lovely harmonies.  Your rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody was equal to anything I have heard before and, as for Halleluiah, one of my favourite songs, well, it gave me goose bumps listening to it. Truly lovely!  What a nice tribute to the Fisherman’s Friends, a nice close to your repertoire.  

 Judy Ward, General Manager, Cornish & Devon Post (Sponsor)