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Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festivals
Cornwall hosted the first ever International Male Voice Choral Festival in 2003 from 1 - 5 May. It was organised by Dr. Roy Wales. The programme featured prestigious Festival Gala Concerts involving four to six choirs, an International Male Voice Choral competition in two sections for choirs up to 40 singers and choirs of 41 singers and above. Our Choir competed in the smaller class. The festival was based in Truro with the Cathedral and the Hall for Cornwall being the main venues. Concerts also took place in all parts of Cornwall from Bude to Penzance, including the Eden Project. Eight choirs from overseas, 10 from the UK and 28 Cornish choirs participated together with a specially-formed Cornish Festival Chorus.

The second Festival was staged between 28th April and 2 May 2005. Fifty choirs participated, including 9 from Continental Europe. St. Stythians MVC entered the competition for Choirs of 40 Voices and under and participated in the final Gala Concert in the Hall for Cornwall. We gained 5th place of 13 in the competition and won the trophy for Best Cornish Choir in the class.

The Third Festival was held in May 2007. The Choir was asked to sing the winning entry in the composers' competition. This was Whenever There's a Life to Save by Tony Cliff of Falmouth.

The Fourth Festival (29 April - 4 May 2009) was held under the direction of Peter Davies. Our Choir hosted a Regional Gala Concert at Newquay with the Hermitage Ensemble (St. Petersburg, Russia), the Alcester MVC and the Men of Good Fortune (Cornwall). We also competed in the class for choirs of 41 and more singers (i.e. moving up to the class for larger choirs). We tied for 6th place with 83 points.

The Fifth Festival (27 April - 2 May 2011) involved about 60 choirs. Our Choir competed in the 40 Voices and Under Class with the following results:
Helsinki Academic MC Kyl (Finland) 94 points
Lubomir (Russia) 92
Espoo Male Singers (Finland) 88
Synergy (UK) 88
Honley MVC (UK) 87
St. Stythians MVC (UK) 87
Don Kozakkenkoor (Netherlands) 85
County Sligo Golf Club MVC (Eire) 85
Gledholt MVC (UK) 85
Huntingdon MVC (UK) 85
Tintagel Oorpheus MVC (UK) 82
Ballinteer MVC (Eire) 79
Marazion Apollo MC (UK) 78

Our Choir regained the trophy for Best Cornish Choir in the Class

The Sixth Festival (2-6 May 2013) - once again we entered the competition and hosted a Regional Concert in Helston

Further details can be found on the Festival website at