JENKINS The Armed Man

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7.30pm at Truro Cathedral
Armistice Centenary Commemoration Concert
With Truro Symphony Orchestra and singers from Richard Lander School,
Truro School and Cornwall Youth Chamber Choir

Duruflé Requiem – Introit & Kyrie
Weber Clarinet Concerto – soloist Edward Holmes
Jenkins The Armed Man

Tickets: £18 (under 19s free), available from Box Office Cornwall (01872 262466;

Truro Symphony Orchestra

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7.30pm at Truro Cathedral

Conductor: Martin Palmer
Orchestra leader: Philip Montgomery-Smith

Shostakovich Festive Overture
Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

Tickets: £10 (under 19s free), available from or on the door

After the huge success of its concert last year, Truro Symphony Orchestra, Truro Choral Society’s affiliated orchestra, is putting on a Russian-themed concert on Saturday, 21st July, at Truro Cathedral. Orchestra members will once again be donating their services for free, with all proceeds going to support music making in the cathedral.

ORFF Carmina Burana

Screen Shot 2018-04-24 at 12.48.10Saturday, 16th June 2018
7.30pm at Truro Cathedral
With St Mary’s Singers, and pupils from Roselyon School and Truro School choirs

Soprano: Catherine Hamilton
Tenor: Joseph Wicks
Bass: Dawid Kimberg

Pianists: Paul Comeau and Will FairbairnAdditional programme items include Parry I was glad, the first four Songs of Farewell and Rachmaninov Valse from Suite for Two Pianos

“Choirs were harmonious, musicians on point and soloists luminous. I thought having the translation in the programme was brilliant – who knew the words were so bawdy and eclectic? The swan stanza is one I’ll remember!”

MOZART Requiem

Screen Shot 2018-01-24 at 15.10.30Saturday, 10th March 2018
7.30pm at Truro Cathedral
With members of Truro Symphony Orchestra and Truro School Chamber Orchestra

Soprano Bethany Williams
Alto Louise Gerth
Tenor Toshi Ogita
Bass Jacob Dennison

Mozart Flute Concerto – soloist, Katie Shaw
Mozart The Magic Flute (excerpts)

Tickets: £16 (under 19s free), available from Box Office Cornwall
01872 262466,

New Year Concert

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7pm at Truro Cathedral
With Truro Symphony Orchestra

Handel Zadok the Priest and Hallelujah Chorus
Borodin Polovtsian Dances (with chorus)
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 (first and second movements), soloist Paul Comeau
Strauss Radetzky March
Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite (five movements)

Tickets: £16 (under 19s free), available from Box Office Cornwall
01872 262466,

(Unfortunately, due to illness, there has been a change to the original programme advertised: Paul Comeau will now be performing the Rachmaninov to replace Frances Eagar’s performance of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1)

HANDEL Messiah

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7.30pm at Truro Cathedral
With Truro Symphony Orchestra

Soprano: Suzanne Manuell
Alto: Tim Carleston
Tenor: David Webb
Bass: George von Bergen

This event is now sold out. Unfortunately, there will be no tickets available on the door

Retiring collection in aid of Shelterbox


Choral Evensong

TCS  singing with Truro Cathedral Choir in  Choral Evensong, November 2015 © Crispin Geoghegan

TCS singing with Truro Cathedral Choir in
Choral Evensong, November 2015
© Crispin Geoghegan

Friday, 3rd November 2017
5.30pm (tbc) at Truro Cathedral
With Truro Cathedral Choir

Stanford Magnificat in B Flat
Bairstow blessed city, Heavenly Salem

Entrance free


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Saturday, 24th June 2017
7.30pm at Truro Cathedral

Soprano: Anita Watson
Mezzo-soprano: Catherine Carby
Tenor: Alexander James Edwards
Christopher Cull 

“The excellence of the choral singing, the strong and youthful lead from the sopranos in particular, the men’s positive contribution, the well-studied attention to diction and characterisation, and sheer enjoyment and enthusiasm put this performance of Mendelssohn’s work back up there with some of the best.”
Philip Buttall, Seen and Heard International

Seminar on Elijah

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9.45am-1pm at Truro School Chapel (registration from 9.15am)

Tickets: £12 (under 19s £6); to reserve, click to download and complete the registration form

This seminar will give members of both Truro Choral Society and Three Spires Singers, as well as potential audience, the opportunity to hear a fascinating discourse and introduction to Mendelssohn’s dramatic oratorio, which, after its resounding first performance in 1846, established itself as second only to Messiah in the public’s affections. Paul Drayton will introduce us to the oratorio, give insight into Mendelssohn’s life’s work and the place of Elijah in it, as well as highlight the drama of the work. There will also be some singing of illustrative excerpts by members of the two choirs. After the joint performance of Elgar’s The Kingdom three years ago, Three Spires Singers and Truro Choral Society will join forces once again for Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Truro Cathedral on 24th June. In the past 15 years both choirs have gone from strength to strength; coupling of resources turns the production of large-scale works involving huge orchestras from a dream into a reality.

Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 12.58.30Paul Drayton has worked as a teacher, pianist, composer, conductor, writer and lecturer. He was educated at The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, where he studied classics alongside music. After passing the advanced performing diploma (piano) of the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 16, he read for a degree in musicology at Oxford University followed by a BMus in composition. He has taught music to students of all ages, at New College Choir School in Oxford, Stowe School, Truro College and numerous adult evening classes. As a pianist he has played recitals and chamber music and has even made the odd appearance in a jazz trio. He has been the soloist in piano concertos by Grieg, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and others, as well as playing keyboard for a show celebrating the work of David Bowie. As conductor of Duchy Opera, the premier opera company in the southwest of England, his performances have included Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, Puccini’s Tosca, Marschner’s Der Vampyr, Dame Ethel Smyth’s The Wreckers (2006 centenary production) and his own operatic chiller The Hanging Oak. With the actor John Nettles (star of the TV series Bergerac and Midsomer Murders), he has written and presented evenings of words and music by Mozart (Dearest Papa) and Puccini (One Fine Day). His music has been published, recorded and broadcast worldwide, and he has enjoyed a long relationship with the celebrated a cappella group The King’s Singers. Venues have ranged from the Theater an der Wien to the Hollywood Bowl, and one of his pieces was even chosen by a castaway on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs! Truro’s Three Spires Singers and orchestra recently gave the premiere of his Passion of Christ as told by Mark the Evangelist. Three of his works have been featured on a CD by St Mary’s Singers of Truro. His piano album Fun for Ten Fingers (OUP) is widely used by young beginners. His book, Unheard Melodies (available on Amazon), is a light-hearted and non-technical guide for adults who wish to delve a little below the surface of classical music.


9.15am Coffee and registration in the dining room
9.45am Introduction – The oratorio (with some singing)
10.15am Session I – Mendelssohn: the man and his music
11.00am Cakes and drinks in the dining room
11.30am Session II – Elijah: the prophet and his story
12.15pm Session III – The drama through music (with some singing)

Please note:

  • Venue: Truro School Chapel TR1 1TH
  • Follow signs for parking
  • There are a few disabled parking spaces outside the chapel
  • On arrival, please go to the dining room to register

BACH St Matthew Passion

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7.30pm at Truro Cathedral
With Truro Symphony Orchestra, Truro School Chamber Choir,
Cornwall Youth Chamber Choir and Richard Lander School Choir

Evangelist: Nathan Vale
Soprano: Cheryl Rosevear
Alto: Louise Mott
Bass: Christopher Dollins

“From the first entry I was aware that we were in for an exciting and committed performance…Martin’s determination, musicianship and talent made the milestone in the choir’s history possible.” Russell Pascoe

All details correct at time of going to press.