Cornwall International Male Choral Festival
Be part of the world's largest male choral festival this May at Eden Project, when choirs from around the world sing in the wonderful surroundings of our Mediterranean Biome.
The event is part of the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival, taking place across the county. Choirs will be joining us from as far afield as Finland, Holland, Australia and South Africa.
Sunday 5 May
10.30am: MM Male Voice Choir, Finland: MM is a prominent male voice choir from Helsinki in Finland, established in 1878. The letters MM stand for Muntra Musikanter – "Merry Musicians". Over the years, they've performed in Wales, the USA, Hungary, Lithuania to name but a few. MM boasts several famous musicians among its conductors, including Oscar Mechelin, Robert Kajanus, Nils-Erik Fougstedt, Bengt Carlson and Erik Bergman.
11am: Manoeuvre, Weert: Manoeuvre is a vivid, thirty men’s choir in four voice groups from the small Dutch city of Weert. Established in 1992, they're loved for their professional singing and surprising choreography. Fun is what matters! Above all, the men of Manoeuvre are probably the best-looking and best-dressed men at the festival (if they don't say so themselves!).
11.30am: Colne Valley Male Voice Choir: The Choir was established in 1922 and has built a musical reputation of the highest standing, performing throughout the country and also on several overseas tours in Ireland, France, Czech Republic, Germany, and the USA.
12pm: Minehead Male Voice Choir: The Minehead Male Voice Choir, formed in 2000, have a wide and varied repertoire, and enjoy the pleasure and health benefits of singing together. The choir has sung joint concerts locally, in South Wales, further afield in the Midlands, and were also featured this year on Radio Somerset as part of the BBC World Music Day. They have raised many thousands of pounds for local, national and international charities.
12.30pm: Cardiff Arms Park Male Choir: After forming a choir in order to improve the standard of after-match singing in 1966, The Cardiff Arms Park Male Voice Choir are still going strong. The choir has since appeared on the BBC, Sky Sports, ITV, Channel 4 and many more. The choir also made a brief appearance on Strictly Come Dancing and supported Ant & Dec in a link for Britain's Got Talent.
1pm: Australian Rugby Choir: The four-part harmony male voice Australian Rugby Choir has performed as part of a massed male voice choir on two occasions in the Sydney Opera House, in New York’s Carnegie Hall and as part of a combined Oceania/World Choir in Royal Festival Hall London as a precursor to the 2012 Olympic Games.
1.30pm: Seer Green Singers: Seer Green Singers is a men's community choir, established in 2013. Over the years the choir has raised a considerable amount of money for local charities, and have sung to enthusiastic audiences in London's South Bank, Beverley and Driffield in Yorkshire, Cwm and Abertillery in South Wales, and in Hull as part of the City of Culture celebrations.
2pm: The Daleian Singers: The Daleian Singers Male Voice Choir was founded in 1957. This small group gained an exceptional reputation and were soon entering and winning competitions around the country including the prestigious Blackpool Festival. Constantly striving for excellence, the choir won both the male voice class and overall choral class in the 2014 Biddulph Music Festival and went on to win the North Wales Choral Festival both in 2015 and 2016.
Monday 6 May
10.30am: Duke of Cornwall Singers, St Stithians Boys' College & The Barons, St Stithians Boys' Preparatory: A collaboration of the choirs singing at 12.30pm and 1pm.
11am: Romsey Male Voice Choir: Founded in 1995, the 56-strong choir from Southern Hampshire showcases a typically wide-ranging repertoire, singing in at least four languages. As a registered charity they have raised many thousands of pounds for good causes, including almost £9,000 for Parkinson’s UK at their latest Massed Male Choirs event.
11.30am: Much Wenlock Male Voice Choir: Much Wenlock Male Voice Choir was established in 1968 and has built up a large repertoire of songs, both traditional and popular. 1980 saw the choir’s first overseas tour to Thiers in France and the choir has made some 25 tours since, travelling widely throughout Britain and Europe, touring the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Atlanta, USA. The choir has released four recordings; Singing for Pleasure, Were You There?, On Wenlock Edge, and Spirit of the Edge.
12pm: Barnstaple Male Voice Choir: Barnstaple Male Voice Choir has a long and cherished history dating back to 1919 when it was founded for a charity concert to mark the YMCA’s re-opening after the end of World War I. In the 1930's the Choir auditioned to perform for the BBC which led to more than twenty broadcasts for the BBC over the next 25 years.
12.30pm: Duke of Cornwall Singers, St Stithians Boys' College: Established in 1985, The Duke of Cornwall Singers & Boys' College choir is a young male choir from St Stithians Boys‘ College in Johannesburg, directed by Yvette Schoeman.
1pm: The Barons, St Stithians Boys' Prepartory: Established in 2014, Barons consists of 16 young choristers performing a variety of works from many different musical eras and genres.
1.30pm: Chapel en le Frith Male Voice Choir: The Choir was formed in 1918 by young men returning from the Great War. By its 50th anniversary, CMVC was giving 30 concerts a year, singing extensively within the local area and taking part in various joint male voice choir concerts throughout the country and beyond.
Please note all acts and timings are subject to change.
Top image: Peterborough Male Voice Choir