Cornish Christmas Harmony Choir
Cornish Christmas Harmony Choir

The Cornish Christmas Harmony Choir 2019

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The 2018 collection raised £1690.02.

Thank you for your support, we look forward to seeing you again next year.

 

This year, on Christmas Eve (2019), it will be the 120th annual performance of the Harmony Choir (previously the Docks Choir) who will go through Falmouth stopping along the way to entertain the public with traditional Cornish carols and raising money for local charities.

 
If you would like to help us by becoming a collector, please contact me.
 
Choir members please turn up at the Falmouth Watersports Centre from 9.00am on Christmas Eve. The choir will assemble outside for a practice at 10:15 and set off at 10:30.
 
 
 

 2017

The comittee of the Harmony choir would like to thank all those that turned up to sing, collect or marshall and the crowds that turned out to support us. The amount raised was £1612.68, the following local charities have each receive a share of the money collected. 

 
Boscawen Fields Action Group, Carrick Mind, Falmouth Toy Library and the Mission to Seafarers
 
The money was presented at a social evening held at Falmouth Bowling Club on Saturday 3rd February 2018,  there was entertainment from the Oggymen a light buffet and a raffle. 
 

Counting the cash! (2016)

Members of the choir committee counting the christmas eve collection Counting the collection at the Falmouth Town Council Chambers

The committee of the Harmony choir would like to thank everyone who turned out on Christmas Eve to either sing, collect money, marshal the crowds or just listen to the beautifully sung traditional Cornish carols. This was one of the busiest Christmas Eves that I can remember and the streets of Falmouth were packed with choir supporters.

 

The total amount raised was £1585.92. This will be evenly split between four local charities. The cheques will be presented at social evening at Falmouth Bowling Club on Saturday 4th February. The evening kicks off at 8pm with entertainment provided by the Oggymen. All are welcome to attend.

 

 

Raffy's "Apprentice"

Rob Norman (left) and Raffy

The Cornish Christmas Harmony Choir is looking to secure the tradition of singing Cornish Christmas carols, started by the Falmouth Docks choir in 1900, on the streets of Falmouth every Christmas eve for many years to come. The conductor Ivor “Raffy” Richardson will this year be shadowed by Rob Norman who will share in the conducting of the choir. Ivor is not laying down his baton just yet and will continue conducting the choir for the foreseeable future.  Rob will only be the 5th person to conduct the choir in its 116 year history.

 

 

Please contact choir secretary Kevin Gerry on 01209 860823 f you would like anymore information or would like to volunteer as a collector or a marshal.

 

Choir History

Harmony Choir at Church Corner, Falmouth, Cornwall, Christmas eve 2010. The Choir at Church Corner 2010

The choir was founded in 1900 as the Falmouth Docks Foundry Choir to raise money for the sick and unemployed members of the Docks’ workforce at Christmas, as there were no benefits back then, these days it is made up of members of local male voice choirs and raises money for good causes in Falmouth. This Christmas will be the choirs' 119th performance and this Falmouth tradition is 118 years old. Even two world wars couldn't stop the choir's Christmas eve performance. Did you know that during all this time there have only been five conductors. The  conducting this year will be shared between "Raffy" Ivor Richardson and Rob Norman.

 

 

To apply for a grant from the 2018 Christmas Eve collection, please contact the hon secretary  Kevin Gerry, (click on the link to email me, or write to me at Longdowns Smithy) with a brief description of who you are and what you would like to put the money towards. The closing date is November 15th 2018.

  

Charities must be based in Falmouth or be for the benefit of the people of Falmouth. We are unable to make grants to individuals or charities from outside of Falmouth. We favour small charities where a grant of £300-£400 will make a big difference rather than large organisations where it could be a drop in the ocean.

 

 

 

Carol Sheet

Harmony Choir Song Sheet - Click on the icon to download.
The words of the traditional Cornish carols sung by the Harmony Choir on the streets of Falmouth every Christmas Eve. The running order of the pages will be correct when folded into an A5 booklet.
Harmony Choir 2017 words.doc
Microsoft Word document [4.8 MB]
Harmony Choir The Harmony Choir and crowds at Church Corner, Falmouth 2011
Harmony Choir, First stop, Customs House Quay 2015. First stop, Customs House Quay 2015.

 

The Harmony Choir

Supported by Falmouth Town Council.

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