Our main concert programme during the year consists of a programme of Christmas music in early December and a more classical programme which until the last few years had been performed on Good Friday. The concerts normally take place at St. Michael’s Parish Church in Newquay, a magnificent church with wonderful acoustics, which was refurbished after a fire a some years ago. We performed regularly at Newquay Wesley Church on East Street in the past. Other venues have included Trerice Manor (National Trust property near Newquay), Eden Project and various hotels in the area.
We have in times past presented a programme of lighter music in June, often with guest artists, sometimes other choirs or musical groups.
For the Spring concert we engage professional and semi-professional artists to perform the solo roles, and often we have an orchestra in addition to the church organ to accompany us.
We were very fortunate to have as our President, for forty five years Sir David Willcocks who sadly died on September 17th 2015 at his Cambridge home at the grand age of 95 years. He was born in and spent his early days in Newquay.
He had a long and distinguished career in choral music and was decorated for War Service with the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. He was knighted for his services to music in the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Honours list in 1977.
He was always pleased to return to Newquay, and the Society in turn relished the time he spent with us encouraging us to improve our singing technique when he led workshops for us in 1998, 2004 & 2007. In return, as often as possible we would go to the Royal Albert Hall and join in “The Really Big Chorus” which for a number of years was led by him to sing Messiah.