Marazion Apollo Male Choir

1904: Marazion Apollo Male Choir formed by Ted Harris – reputedly the oldest male choir in Cornwall.

The choir comprised seventeen singers with a banjo as accompaniment.

1904-circa 1944: John Henry Trudgeon, Musical Director.

1910: The Choir won its first County competition.

1950-1981: John J Matthews, Musical Director.

October 1954: Golden Jubilee concert at the Ritz Cinema, Penzance, with Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth.

1958: The choir travelled to London where it won the championship at the prestigious London Music Festival.

1959: Winners of the Cornish Championship.

1959: The beginning of a 25-year period of the Two Choir Festivals with Penzance Ladies’ Orpheus Choir, also conducted by John Matthews.

1960: Winners of The Cornish Championship.

1961: Winners of The Cornish Championship.

1963: Winners of The Cornish Championship.

1964: Winners of The Cornish Championship.

October 1964: Diamond Jubilee concert at the Ritz Cinema with Joan Hammond.

1966: Winners of The Cornish Championship.

1967: Two choir tour to Bristol and South Wales culminating in a concert with the Morriston Orpheus Choir in the famous Morriston Tabernacle.

1968: First television recording session – at Westward Television Studios, Plymouth. This led to several television appearances in which the Apollo on its own and the combined choirs sang on such programmes as Let The People Sing and Songs Of Praise.

1969: The choir gained national recognition by winning the Advanced Class for Male Choirs at the Blackpool Music Festival.

1971: The choir took part in the Burma Star Reunion at the Royal Albert Hall.

1975: Llangollen International Eisteddfod where the choir gained the highest marks awarded to a British Male choir when they attained an excellent second place.

Circa 1978 – This programme has been deposited at Kresen Kernow

1979: The American Tour centred on Philadelphia.

1981-1984: Nicholas Matthews, Musical Director.

1983: Recital in Coventry Cathedral.

1983: Took part in the 1,000 Voice Concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

May 1984: David Allan, Musical Director.

1987: Placed first at the Nelson Arion Centenary Cup competition against thirteen of the top national choirs.

1989: Cornish Open Champions.

Derek Spedding, Musical Director.

1990: Paris tour when the Choir sang at the UNESCO Headquarters and the famous American Church in Paris.

1992: John Phillpotts, Musical Director.

Spring 1994: The 90th Anniversary tour when the Choir sang in York, Chester and Ripon Cathedral.

July 1995-1996: Bernard Williams, Musical Director.

June 1996-1999: Sheila Farmer, Musical Director.

This programme has been lodged at Kresen Kernow

1999-2001: Joan Williams, Musical Director.

2001-2003: Richard Braebrook, Musical Director.

Spring 2002: Tour to south West Ireland.

Spring 2003: Timothy Hosken, Musical Director.

2004: CD produced entitled Let There Be Music.

2004: Weekend trip to join Brixham Male Choir for their annual RNLI concert.

2004: Nigel Dower, Accompanist, retired.

2004: Maureen Hollow, Accompanist.

2004: The Choir celebrated its Centenary.

2005: The Choir participated in the Cornwall International Male Choir Festival.

2007: Paul Marks-Joffe, Deputy Musical Director and Deputy Accompanist.

2008: Kathleen Trewhella, Deputy Musical Director and Deputy Accompanist.

2008: Trip to Brittany.

2009: CD produced entitled, In the Spirit.

July 2009: Trip to America to sing in the Cornish Festival in Grass Valley, California.

2009: The Choir won the Male Voice Choir Advance Class and Championship Cup at the  St Austell Music Festival.

September 2010: The Choir recorded a three-track CD of well-known songs: For The Fallen, Bring Him Home and Mansions of the Lord, to raise money for Help for Heroes.

October 2010: Weekend concerts in West Wales.

2011: Tim Hosken, Musical Director at the Cornwall International MVC Festival.

2011: Maureen Hollow, Accompanist at the Cornwall International MVC Festival.

2013: Kathleen Trewhella, Musical Director at the Cornwall International MVC Festival.

2013: Maureen Hollow, Accompanist at the Cornwall International MVC Festival.

October 2011: Mini tour of Somerset and Devon.

September 2013: Concert in Bristol with Bristol MVC and Budleigh Salterton MVC.

April 2013: Kate Wood-Cattran, Musical Director.

2014: Stella Pendrous, Accompanist and Deputy Musical Director.

2014: Joint concert with Barnstaple Male Voice Choir.

2014: Newlyn Male Voice Choir closed due to dwindling numbers and many members joined Marazion Apollo.

2015: Outing to Derbyshire with concerts with three choirs.

July 2015: To Barnstaple MVC for its Annual Concert.

The choir rehearses on Monday evenings in Marazion Town Hall.


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