Helping Cornwall’s Hospices

Last December, Truro Choral Society joined forces with St Keverne Band once again to perform a Christmas concert at Falmouth Methodist Church in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care. The choir’s programme included traditional carols, as well as a performance of Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols, conducted by Martin Palmer. Along with the band’s highly entertaining choice of music, including a technically dazzling delivery of Vitae Aeternum for their finale, the concert was an excellent start to Christmas festivities – and more importantly raised the incredible amount of £1,616 for a very worthy cause.

The work of Cornwall Hospice Care is devoted to providing clinical care and support to people living with life-limiting illnesses in Cornwall. The help their hospices provide is free, but their running costs tally up to £14 a minute, and with government funding only covering 15% of these costs, every penny raised during events like these is very gratefully received and immediately put to extremely good use. For more information on this charity’s work, visit

St Keverne Band have long had links with this fundraiser and we were delighted to have been invited to take part again. Under the musical direction of Gareth Churcher, the band’s repertoire and reputation continue to grow, seeing them regularly winning awards both regionally and nationally. Last October they came first in their section of the Cornwall Brass Band Association Championships, and we wish them continued success in their forthcoming competitions in 2014.