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St Austell Choral Society

“Where music matters”

We have one main concert in the Spring

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St Austell Choral Society usually presents two main concerts per year, with additional ones, especially at Christmas. We currently have around forty five singers, and are fortunate in having Paul Drayton as our musical director. He is a professional musician, whose reputation as a fine conductor, composer, pianist and teacher is well-known in Cornwall and beyond.

We are always pleased to welcome new members. Auditions are not necessary. Please come and join us at rehearsals on Fridays at 7.30 pm at Mount Charles Methodist Church.

Registered Charity No 275480

President: Mrs. Edith Kellow

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Thank you for supporting our concert on 12th November :-

A Victorian Evening
Sacred and Secular

The concert was attended by a packed audience in Mount Charles Church. On the menu was “A Victorian Evening – Sacred and Secular”, the first half featuring church favourites from Victorian composers such as Elgar, Stainer, Stanford, Wood, Goss and SS Wesley. This part of the programme also included our first soloist – Ben Hoadley – and an Organ solo played by the choir’s accompanist Anthony Trodd.

The second (secular) half of the concert drew on a wider range of composers of the era – including British, French and American. John Hobbs joined for solos and duets with Ben Hoadley, the last of these being a most entertaining rendition of Offenbach’s “The Two Gendarmes”. The programme was rounded off with audience participation in “Daisy Bell”.

The atmosphere was enhanced by the choir appearing in dress of the Victorian era and the evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all, being brought together by Paul Drayton in the multiple roles of conductor, musical history raconteur and accompanist to the soloists.