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Forthcoming Concerts

St Austell Choral Society

Registered charity No: 275480

 Viennese Evening

Our next concert will be A Viennese Evening at Mount Charles Methodist Church on Saturday 21st November at 7.30 pm. Tickets will be £10, to include refreshments with a Viennese theme.

Admission £10 (under 16s free)

to include light refreshments

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Rehearsals-  Rehearsals for the 2015-16 season will begin on Friday 4th September at Mount Charles Methodist church at 7.30 pm.

The programme, to be conducted by Paul Drayton, will include:

Brahms: Liebesliederwalzer (Love-song Waltzes)
Strauss: Tales from the Vienna Woods

And items by Schubert and Lehar, featuring soloists

Lucy Parsons (soprano)
Ben Hoadley (tenor)

Lucy Melluish (violin)
Naomi Carne (cello)


Friday 11th December at Mount Charles Methodist Church at 7.30 pm there will be An Evening of Music and Readings for Advent.

Saturday 7th May 2106 our Spring Concert will be at St John’s Methodist Church and will include Mozart’s Requiem with soloists and orchestra to be conducted by Paul Drayton.

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Vice Chairman now Robin Burley 01208 831145 and











Past concerts:

Joseph Haydn



 St John’s Methodist Church,

Bodmin Road, St Austell

Saturday, 9th May 2015 at 7.30 pm


Saturday 22nd November 2014 at St John's Methodist Church at 7.30 pm



Programme: Handel - Utrecht Te Deum, Messiah Part 1 and Hallelujah Chorus


This concert will be in memory of our late president, Mrs Jean Sales


Soloists: Cheryl Rosevear (Soprano), Jake Barlow (Alto), Ben Hoadley (Tenor)  and Charles Murray (Bass-baritone)

Conducted by Paul Drayton

Organ: Anthony Trodd

Admission £10 (under 16s free)  Tickets from Cornish Riviera Tourist Information Office & Box Office,
Southbourne Road, St Austell. Tel: 01726 897500 or online at or from society members
or at the door, to include refreshments

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Friday 12th December 2014 at Mount Charles Methodist Church at 7.30 pm

Programme: Music and Readings for Advent

Conductor: Paul Drayton

Organ: Anthony Trodd

Tickets: £5.00 at the door to include refreshments


St. Austell Choral Society


St. John’s Methodist Church, St. Austell

May 10th 2014 at 7.30 pm
Tickets £10 (to include refreshments)

Cheryl Rosevear (soprano)

Jake Barlow (alto)

Ben Hoadley (tenor)

John Hobbs (bass-baritone)

Simon Dunbavand (organ)

Paul Drayton (conductor)


Messe solennelle de Sainte Cecile                                       Charles GOUNOD (1818 – 1893)


 Solo soprano: Ave Maria                                                       GOUNOD – BACH

 Soprano / tenor duet: Panis angelicus                                   Cesar FRANCK (1822 – 1890)


Organ: Chorale no. 3 in A minor                                              FRANCK

Cantata Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott BWV 80                       J. S. BACH (1685 – 1750)


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Advent Concert

14th December 2013 at Mount Charles Methodist Church, St Austell

Music and Readings for the Advent Season

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Soprano Soloist (To be announced later)
Simon Dunbavand (organ)
Paul Drayton (conductor)

J.S. BACH             Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
                            (from Cantata 147) 

                             My heart ever faithful

HAYDN                 Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo
                             (Little Organ Mass)                

MOZART              Sancta Maria     
HAYDN                 Te Deum


MENDELSSOHN      Organ sonata no. 3 in AHear my prayer (English)                    

RHEINBERGER         Abendlied (German)                                   

MENDELSSOHN       Hear, O Israel
                                 Choruses from Elijah:

                                 He, watching over Israel 
Lift thine eyes
                                 Be not afraid   










Soprano solo






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Spring Concert  2013

Saturday 20th April at St John's Methodist Church, St Austell  7.30pm

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Tickets £10 (to include refreshments)



A feast of royal music with soloists, choir, organ and strings

Conductor: Paul Drayton

Cheryl Rosevear (soprano)
Shirley Tyack (mezzo soprano)
Benjamin Hoadley (tenor)    Nicholas Beever (baritone)
Simon Dunbavand (organ / piano)
String Ensemble (leader Paul Matthews)


Work   Composer Soloist
The Hills (written as part of “Garland for the Queen” 1953) 
  John Ireland
Pavane from Capriol Suite (written 1926, the year of the Queen’s birth)
  Peter Warlock        
April is in my mistress’ face (madrigal from the time of Elizabeth I)
  Thomas Morley  
Basse-danse (Capriol Suite)     Peter Warlock


The English Rose from Merrie England  
Edward German

Benjamin Hoadley (tenor) 
Vocal solo to be announced
    Cheryl Rosevear (soprano)
IN WINDSOR FOREST (1931) from the opera Sir John in Love 
  Vaughan Williams  
Elizabethan Serenade (1951)
  Ronald Binge  
Non nobis, Domine  (written 1934 for The Pageant of Parliament, words by Kipling)   Roger Quilter  



Coronation March Orb and Sceptre (1953)
  William Walton Simon Dunbavand (organ)

When Britain really ruled the Waves (from Iolanthe)
Gilbert & Sullivan Nicholas Beever (baritone)
Where corals lie (from Sea Pictures)
  Edward Elgar Shirley Tyack (mezzo-soprano)

written 1902 for the coronation of Edward VII, and featuring Land of Hope and Glory)
  Edward Elgar  

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Advent Concert

14th December at Mount Charles Methodist Church, St Austell

Music and Readings for the Advent Season

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Autumn Concert

Saturday 10th November 2012 at 7.30pm

 at St John's Methodist Church, St Austell

Composer: Work:
Francis Poulenc Gloria
Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine
C H H Parry Blest Pair of Sirens
Gerald Finzi Lo the Full Final Sacrifice
Soloists: Cheryl Rosevear (soprano) Organist:   Anthony Trodd.


Saturday, April 21st 2012  at 7.30 pm
in St. John’s Methodist Church, St. Austell.

Handel  -   Judas Maccabeus 

With orchestra

Soloists will be Elinor Chapman (Soprano)
Sue Lancaster (Mezzo-Soprano),
Nicholas Hawker and Ben Hoadley (Tenors)
and John Hobbs (Baritone)
Conducted by Paul Drayton. 


Historical Note:-

Tickets £10, including refreshments (under 16s free) were available
through the
Cornwall Riviera Box office    £1.00 for programmes.

or via the St Austell Tourism Information Centre

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  Advent Concert

Conductor -  Simon Dunbavand.

St. Austell Choral Society

Music and Readings for Advent
Mount Charles Methodist Church
Friday 9th December at 7.30pm

Admission £5 including refreshments

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Magnificent Mozart!

Saturday, November 12th 2011 at St. John’s Methodist Church

The programme for the second concert in our centenary year will include:

Mozart's Coronation Mass in C Major K317

Mozart's Regina Coeli K 276

Mozart's Ave Verum

Selections from Mozart's Solemn Vespers K339

View more details on the Cornwall Music Forum Web Site


Saturday 7th May 2011

Our 100th Anniversary Concert
in St John's Methodist Church, St Austell, at 7.30pm

Composer: Work: Soloists:

Paul Drayton

Viva La Musica ! Specially written for this occasion, by Paul Drayton (our musical director)
Edward Elgar Serenade for Strings in E minor  
Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs John Hobbs as the baritone soloist
Benjamin Britten St Nicolas Nick Hawker as the tenor soloist

Conductor:  Paul Drayton
Piano:  Paul Comeau & Joanne Courtney
Organ:  Simon Dunbavand
Orchestra Leader:  Philip Montgomery-Smith

- with trebles and Gallery Choir from Truro School -

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Price: £12 (to include finger buffet and refreshments)
Under 16s free
Tickets on the door or from St.Austell Tourist Information Centre
or - as below:

Sunday 12th December 2010

at 3.30pm at St Bartholomew's Church, Lostwithiel.

A programme of music and readings for Advent. Admission £5.

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Saturday 20th November 2010

at 7.30pm at St John's Methodist Church, St Austell.

the Society will present an evening concert entitled

"A Little Light Music" which will include arrangements of twentieth century popular songs

by our musical directors, Paul Drayton (piano),

Simon Dunbavand (organ), and Geoff Oswald (flute).


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Saturday 17th April 2010 at 7.30pm

A Spring 2010 concert

at St Petroc's Church, Bodmin.



Paul Drayton — conductor
Kay Deeming & Cheryl Brendish — sopranos
Philip Conway — alto
Jessica Robinson — oboe
Paul Thomas — trumpet
Simon Dunbavand — organ
with chamber orchestra.

Tickets were available at the door and from St. Austell and Bodmin Tourist Information Centres

or via the Cornish Riviera Box Office

Admission £10. Under 16s free.  Supported by The National Lottery


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Saturday 12th December 2009 at 7.30pm

The Society will present an evening of music
and readings for Advent at

St Bartholomew’s Church, Lostwithiel

The music will include Tavener’s The Lamb.

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Saturday 21st November 2009

at 7.30 pm

This year is the 250th Anniversary of the death of Handel and works will include the composer’s

Ode on St Cecilia’s Day

Zadok The Priest,

Chandos Anthem No. 8 (0 Come let us sing unto the Lord)

Let the Bright Seraphim from the oratorio Samson.

In addition there will be Torelli’s Sonata in D for Trumpet.

Soloists for the concert are:

Tamsyn Rose-Steel (Soprano)
Ben Hoadley (Tenor)
Paul Thomas (Trumpet)

Tickets were £10.00 to include programme and supper.
Under 16s free. Tickets on the door or from

St Austell Information Centre - Tel: 01726 879500 - or on line:-

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Saturday 25th April 2009

An Easter programme of music by Brahms and

Schumann at St. Petroc’s Church, Bodmin.

Kay Deeming (soprano)            Gavin Davies (bass)

          Played by Paul and Benjamin Comeau on two pianos.

Paul Drayton  -  conductor

There were several strong women in the life of Johannes Brahms, the 19th century’s most famous bachelor-composer.  Most important was the concert pianist Clara Schumann, wife of Robert Schumann and a composer in her own right.  In 1853, with a glowing introduction from the great Hungarian violinist Joachim, the 20-year Brahms visited the Schumanns in Dussledorf, and was hailed by them as the “young eagle” who would save German music.  Even with such a weight of expectation he delivered triumphant results, his music combining warmth and humanity with a robust technique.


Geistliches Lied Op.30 (Sacred song)                          Brahms (1833 – 1897)

This short motet uses a text by the 17th century Paul Flemming – Lass dich nur nichts nicht dauren (Let no sad thought oppress thee…)  Until the final Amen the tenor part follows the soprano almost exactly, four beats later and a ninth (an octave plus one step) lower in pitch.  The alto and bass parts have the same relationship, the whole fitting seamlessly together – a remarkable technical feat.  

KAY DEEMING (Soprano):

Two songs from Myrthen (Myrtles) Op.25             Schumann (!809 – 1856)

 Widmung (Devotion)                Die Lotosblume (The Lotus Flower)

 1840 was a wonderful year in the life of young Robert Schumann.  His marriage to the beautiful Clara Wieck after months of turbulent wrangling with her father, was marked by an outpouring of romantic song.  She became the foremost interpreter of his piano music but their happiness was short-lived.  The unstable and suicidal Schumann was committed to an asylum in 1854 where he died two years later.   


 From Vier ernste gesange (Four Serious Songs) Op.121                 Brahms

 Denn es gehet dem Menschen          Ich wandte mich und sahe an alle

These songs date from 1896, the year of Clara’s death.  After rushing to attend her funeral in Bonn, Brahms never quite recovered from worsening ill-health and followed her to the grave a few months later.  Though not originally intended as such, the songs stand as a fitting memorial to the woman who held sway in the hearts of two great composers.

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REQUIEM Op.45                             Brahms


  1. Blest are they (chorus)
  2. Behold, all flesh is as the grass (chorus)
  3. Lord, make me to know the number of my days (bass and chorus)
  4. How lovely are thy dwellings fair (chorus)
  5. Ye now have sorrow (soprano and chorus)
  6. Here on earth we have no abiding home (bass and chorus)
  7. Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord (chorus)


To some extent the Requiem articulates Brahms’s grief over the death of his mother

The original title, Ein deutsches Requiem, points to the use of a German text in preference to the Latin of the Roman Church.  Some felt the work was not a Requiem at all, since the words are a series of meditative extracts drawn from the vernacular German bible rather than the authentic version of the Mass.  The first performance, complete except for No. 5 (written a few weeks later) was given in Bremen on Good Friday 1868.  With so little mention of Christ or of Redemption the organisers included an aria each from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Handel’s Messiah as a way of redressing the balance.  The success of the work spurred Brahms on to begin his first symphony and onto the triumphant career predicted for him by the Schumanns. The two-piano version used tonight was made by the composer himself and first heard in a private house in London (1871) where the pianos were played by Lady Thompson, the host’s wife, and the elderly English composer Cipriani Potter, who had studied in Vienna with Beethoven.

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Saturday 13th
December 2008

An Evening of Christmas Music

at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Lostwithiel,

to include part of Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols,
and Lutheran Christmas Chorales

Conductor:  Simon Dunbavand

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 Saturday 22nd November 2008

Handel's  "Messiah"

at 7.30 pm

Handel   Messiah Click on composer name to learn more about composer
To be performed with orchestra at St. John's Methodist Church in St. Austell. This concert will also be part of the 180th anniversary celebrations at St. John’s, where the society has been performing regularly for many years



Conductor:   Simon Dunbavand
Soloists: Cheryl Brendish and Kay Deeming (Soprano)


Shirley Tyack (Contralto)
Ben Hoadley (Tenor)

Tom Stockwell (Bass)  
With chamber orchestra, led by Philip Montgomery-Smith  

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Saturday 12th April 2008

A Spring Concert

at 7.30 pm

Haydn Creation Click on composer name to learn more about composer
Performed with orchestra  


Conductor: Paul Drayton
Soloists: Tamsyn Rose-Steel (Soprano)
  Edward Goater (Tenor)
  Gavin Davies (Bass)


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Saturday 15th December 2007

Drop down, ye heavens, from above

An evening of music and readings for Advent

To include music by Praetorius,Rachmaninoff, Stainer and Bruch


St. Bartholomew’s Church Lostwithiel

Saturday 15th December at 7.30 pm


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Saturday 17th November 2007

at 7.30 pm

Sacred works by
Edward Elgar

Great is the Lord.
(A setting of Psalm 48)
Click on composer name to learn more about composer
Light of the world, we know thy praise
(from The Light of Life)
Light out of Darkness
(from The Light of Life)
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me
(from The Apostles)
Ave Verum Corpus  
[ 2007 is designated the Year of Elgar ]  
Faure Requiem (Opus 48)  


Soloists: Tauniua Cook  (Soprano)
  Robin Burley (Baritone)
  Simon Dunbavand (Organ)
  Paul Drayton (Conductor)


Saturday 21st April 2007


Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle Click on composer name to learn more about composer

With David Nettle and Richard Markham (Pianos)

Click Here or on the link above for more details of these
international pianists.

To quote the Daily Telegraph:  "
Corporate brilliance, musical discretion
and imaginative precision ......Joie de vivre was very much in the air....
They brought remarkably taut co-ordination and response to the music,
and an irresistible sense of fun"  


Vocal Soloists: Louise Merrifield  (Soprano)
  Shirley Tyack  (Alto)
  Edward Goater  (Tenor)
  John Hobbs (Bass)


Saturday December 16th 2006



This included:

The O Antiphons sung traditionally before and
after the Magnificat during Vespers in Advent
Thomas Tallis O Nata Lux Click on composer name to learn more about composer
Hildegard von Bingen O Virtus Sapientiae
- and advent carols  
J. S. Bach Jesus bleibet meine Freude  
Otto Goldschmidt A Tender Shoot  
Jacob Handl Resonet in Laudibus  
Jean Sibelius En etsi valtaa, loistoa  
J. S. Bach Gloria sei dir gesungen  
 J. S. Bach Nun komm der Heiden Heiland BVW 659 – (Organ)  



Saturday November 18th 2006



Music included:

Bach Cantata 147 - 'Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring' Click on composer name to learn more about composer -
Bach Cantata 140 'Sleepers Wake'
    - then click on
Albinoni Oboe Concerto No. 11  (Soloist - Jessica Robinson) 'BACK' button to return here
Bach Excerpts from: Cantata 208 'Sheep May Safely Graze'


Soloists: Tamsyn Rose-Steel  (Soprano)
  Philip Conway  (Counter Tenor)
  Barry Farley  (Tenor)
  Jeremy Davies  (Bass)
  Jessica Robinson (Oboe)

There was also a small chamber orchestra led by Philip Montgomery Smith with Paul Drayton  on the harpsichord.


6th May 2006 at St. Petroc’s Church, Bodmin

A Spring Concert

Fowey Fanfare – Paul Drayton
I was Glad – Parry
Motets (Afferentur regi; Ecce sacerdos magnus) – Bruckner
Exultate Jubilate – Mozart

Symphony No. 2 (Hymn of Praise) – Mendelssohn

Soloists: Tamsin Steel (Soprano), Philip Slane (Tenor)

Please note:  Double CDs (£12) of this concert are available from Margaret Waters on 01726 813424


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19th November 2005

St. John’s Methodist Church, St. Austell

A concert to commemorate the two hundredth anniversary
of the Battle of Trafalgar, including:

  • Haydn’s Nelson Mass
  • Songs from Stanford’s Songs of the Sea and Songs of the Fleet

Soloists: Tamsin Steel (Soprano), Shirley Tyack (Mezzo-soprano)
Barry Farley (Tenor) and John Hobbs (Baritone)

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16th April 2005 at St. Petroc’s Church, Bodmin

 A concert commemorating the 60th anniversary
of the end of World War II

Dona Nobis Pacem – Vaughan Williams
Nimrod (from Enigma Variations)
The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace – Jenkins
Dona Nobis Pacem (from Mass in B minor) – J.S. Bach

Soloists: Kay Deeming (Soprano), John Hobbs (Baritone)

Please note:  CDs (£10) of this concert are available from Margaret Waters on 01726 813424


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