For the first time this year the Choir were able to go to the Cornwall Male Voice Choir Festival. The festival is held every second year and is very popular with many Male Choirs, not just from the UK but from various countries all around the world.  Carlton went for six days and in the six days performed at five different venues. – Falmouth, The Eden project, Trebah Gardens, Bude and finally at Truro.  All the concert venues had good audiences and it was a treat to sing in every one of them.

This wasn’t just a trip to sing though, it was also a lovely holiday for the Choir members and their partners. Our Choir was based at The Edgcombe Hotel in Newquay, – we found the hotel very nice: very friendly, clean and we were fed great food.  We were transported on a busy schedule and to our trips out by very nice quality Skills Coaches, but we still found plenty of time for walking etc. and if we wished some sun bathing, yes sun bathing.  We were very fortunate that we had brilliant weather all week, the sun shone every day we were there, in fact some days we were getting burned it was so hot, especially when we singing out doors at Trebah Gardens.

At the Festival, Choirs can enter various competitions if they wish, but we chose not to do so. This took away a tremendous amount of stress, we were able to enjoy the holiday and choose our own songs without the pressure of competing.

The Choir members will be asked if the Choir would like to go again in two years, 2015. We hope to take a bigger choir if we go again, – this year some felt that they needed more time to save for the trip and as a result we went with a choir of 49.  With a current singing strength of around 82 we were well down on numbers although we felt that we sang well and compared well with most of the other choirs.

Photographs of the trip can be seen on the Gallery page of this web site. (link) But for now here are a few to keep you going: (To enlarge any of the pictures just click on the one you want to look at in more detail)

What are they doing? - what do you mean it's hot!

Choir-Trebah GardensSinging at the Eden Project

Wives enjoying the leisure time

Choir-Trebah Gardens

Choir-Trebah Gardens

Choir-Trebah Gardens

Choir-Trebah Gardens

Choir-Trebah Gardens

Choir-Trebah Gardens

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