The Cornwall Boys’ Choir took to the stage of the Royal Albert Hall on Easter Monday where they enthralled a full house with a lively rendition of Mas que Nada.
Hosted by the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, their award winning musical Director, Angela Renshaw, and choir members had the honour of being invited to perform as the special guest choir. The opportunity arose as a direct result of Angela being nominated in the Gramophone 2010 Awards, run in association with The Times.
The award recognises inspirational choral directors who have transformed lives in the community and part of the prize was to perform at this prestigious event The Easter Worldsong Gala Concert had a unique programme of choral music sung in languages from around the world to mark the year of the London Olympics. The music was performed by massed choirs comprising of seven hundred young singers from the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and a further seven hundred singers from children’s junior choirs from around the UK. Singers aged from 3 to 22 years performed an eclectic programme of choral music from Africa, The Americas, Asia, Oceania and Europe, representing the five continents in the Olympic Games. The programme also featured the world premiere of a specially commissioned work by acclaimed composer Sir John Tavener who was present at the event.
Angela founded Cornwall Boys’ Choir in 2008 with the aim to inspire a life-long love of singing. The choir, a Music Cornwall’s ensemble, meet regularly in local satellite rehearsal groups scattered across the county, as well as meeting monthly as a full choir where usually a full rehearsal is followed by a fun activity for the boys. The aim is to make singing accessible to all boys aged seven years and over.
More recently Angela has formed the Cambiata group for boys with changing voices and beyond. Funded by Cornish arts organisation, Feast, this group is the first of its kind in Cornwall and aims to provide a further platform of vocal development. It was ideal that the Cambiata group could join with Cornwall Boys’ Choir for this historic performance.
“The success of the event was due to the hard work, dedication and a spirited togetherness shown by the boys as well as incredible support from parents and family , Music Cornwall and Feast” said Angela. “The boys were accompanied by five talented young Cornish musicians whose standard of playing really drove the performance along. It was simply a fantastic occasion and a huge experience for the boys of Cornwall Boys Choir and Cambiata, whose performance really put Cornwall’s young male singing at the heart of the nation in a national showcase gala. Cornwall can be proud of its living legacy.”
Boys who are interested in auditioning for Cornwall Boys’ Choir or becoming part of one of the Cambiata groups should contact Angela – firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.musiccornwall.org