Gledholt Male Voice Choir, Huddersfield travelled to Cornwall in May 2013 to compete at the International Male Voice Choral Festival (CIMVCF) - – the largest event of its kind in Europe – with its 50 concerts and celebrations in 40 venues across the county which ran from the 2nd to the 6th of May.
Gledholt usually organises their own Gala Concert and Music Festival in Huddersfield in May but in 2013 they went to this important festival which happens only every two years.
In addition to taking part in the competition, Gledholt performed at various venues in Cornwall including Falmouth, Padstow, Lost Gardens of Heligan and Fowey. We sang with other choirs including an Australian choir travelling thousands of miles. The Sydney Male Choir was celebrating its own Centenary among 60 choirs of all ages and nationalities converging for the Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival (CIMVCF)
Gledholt and the Australians joined around three thousand singers in Cornwall – with other voyagers including South Africans and Russians, Finns and Lithuanians as well as those closer to home from Wales, Scotland and of course Cornwall itself – performing throughout five song-filled days to more than 30,000 people.
“The fun and exuberance of this event is completely infectious,” says Festival Director Peter Davies, “so our Sixth Festival has attracted more interest than ever from people wanting to join the celebrations. We’ve got events taking place right across the county, beside our major concerts, so there will be something accessible for everyone.”
The Festival included four International Gala Concerts, 21 regional gala concerts as well as Europe’s largest Male Choir Competition – a great sing-off where twenty four choirs from across the world competed for prize money, cups, certificates – and kudos!
Among the competitors were boys’ choirs from St Petersburg and The Czech Republic, a French choir of Polish miner descent and the South Wales Gay Men’s Chorus as well as some formidable home grown UK talent.
During the daytime rousing voices were heard at the Eden Project, Heartlands, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trebah Gardens, Pendennis Castle, Truro Central Piazza, The National Maritime Museum Falmouth, St Michael’s Mount, St Clement Flower Festival, the Minack Theatre, Tate St Ives and on the St Ives Waterfront.
Full details of the 2013 Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival can be found on www.cimvcf.org.uk. Concert tickets can be purchased through the Festival website or directly via www.hallforcornwall.org.uk.