With more than 40 singing members, Mevagissey Male Choir remains one of the most successful and popular in Cornwall. Formed in 1974 by local men in Percy Mitchell’s Portmellon boatyard, the Choir is now approaching its 50th anniversary with well over 1,100 concerts under its belt.
We are proud that two or three of our founder members still regularly turn out for us, but we are also delighted that we continue to appeal to younger men, attracted by our modern approach and our friendly social life.
Our popularity, we believe, reflects our willingness to embrace all genres of music, and to take on ever more challenging pieces, without sacrificing quality. We are also fortunate to be blessed with a first class music team, now led by bandleader Jimmy Cannon, assisted by Matthew Fox, our talented accompanist.
Our ‘mission’, apart from raising money for good causes, is to entertain. As one of Cornwall’s more progressive and versatile male choirs, we are particularly proud of our extensive repertoire that ranges from Bizet and Puccini to Robbie Williams and Freddie Mercury, and musicals to shanties, not forgetting traditional choir music and, of course, songs from Cornwall’s own rich choral heritage.
We practise every Monday evening, except in August, when we give free concerts on the Mevagissey quayside, and bank holidays. Our practice evenings start at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church, Mevagissey, and everyone is welcome to come and listen.
If you can’t get to see us, you can hear us on any one of six CDs, which you can find here. Oh, yes, and we have a fantastic social side. We get together after concerts and practices, and at other events, with wives, partners and families – and with Friends of the Choir, too. At the end of the day, we’re in this for fun!