The group performed eight Christmas songs to a packed Truro Cathedral on the 9th December, alongside the fantastic St Pinnocks Band and BBC Radio Cornwall staff choir.
Songs sung by us included the classics 'Coventry Carol' and 'Silent Night', as well as some modern pop Christmas songs. Of course, you have to do a Cliff Richard number, singing 'Saviours Day'. We finished off with our famous 'Christmas Medley', with a humerous duet by Terry Coplin and Rodney Churcher.
If you did not mamage to get a ticket for the concert, do not dispair! The concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio Cornwall on Christmas and Boxing day, both at 2.05 pm. It will also be repeated at the same time on New Years Eve and New Years Day.
Eight In A Bar will be performing a special fundraising concert on Friday 27th February at the village hall in Ponsanooth.
We will be singing a lot of our old favorites plus trying out a few new songs as well!
Tickets are £10 each, with drinks and pasties included in the price.
We hope to see you there!
Eight In A Bar have been asked to perform in concert alongside the Shepshed Singers, a 45 strong mixed choir from Loughborough, as part of their tour of Cornwall.
This is to be held at Falmouth Methodist Church, Thursday 9th April at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £5. Call Terry Coplin 01726 66790 for tickets. Limited tickets will also be available on the door.
Calling all Bass and Baritone singers! We have a rare opening within the group for one Bass singer and one Baritone singer, and we are holding trials to fill these positions.
If you are an accomplished singer with a good sense of humour, able to commit to weekly rehearsals and regular concerts, we we would love to hear from you!
Call Terry Coplin 01726 66790 for more information.
King Edward Mine has received funding to commission acclaimed composer, musician and conductor Gareth Churcher to create a new piece of music to capture the sounds of the historic mill machinery at the site. Gareth, our previous Musical Director, has asked us to sing on this exciting new commission.
Arts Council England and FEAST are contributing over £5,000 towards the exciting new music commission which will be performed by St Keverne Brass Band and Eight in a Bar male voice choir during the site’s Celebratory Weekend in 2017.
The first ever performance of the new commission will take place during the Celebratory Weekend between 31 April and 1 May 2017 as part of a programme of free events to celebrate the completion of the museum’s redevelopment.
The redevelopment project, which has been funded by Cornwall Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Architectural Heritage Fund’s Challenge Fund for Historic Buildings at Risk and other funders, began in 2011 and has included the conservation of sixteen Grade II* listed buildings over two phases of work.
King Edward Mine is the oldest, best preserved mine site in the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and has the most complete collection of early 20th century tin dressing plant in the world, much of which has been brought back into working order by volunteers and is run every day for visitors. The towering Californian Stamps, around which the mill was built, were brought back to King Edward Mine from the Paris Exposition of 1900. They are now operated only once a year, and for only a few minutes, at the site’s annual Open Day.
The huge sound that the Stamps produce creates a driving rhythm that shakes the whole Mill as they crush the mineral ore. The mining areas of Cornwall were once filled with the tumultuous noise of these huge stamping machines – a mining landscape that is now silent. Gareth Churcher has the challenge of capturing this heritage within a new composition, working with St Keverne Brass Band and Eight in a Bar male voice choir.
“I am extremely excited to be involved in this collaboration that will invoke progressive work for disciplines of music making that are steeped in culture and heritage” said Gareth.
The new composition will fit the remit of a ‘test piece’ for bands and choirs, meaning that the piece will become part of the repertoire and performed long after the inaugural performance at King Edward Mine, not just locally by nationally. The performance will also be recorded and made available via King Edward Mine’s website and the World Heritage Site’s website.