Truro Cathedral is well known for promoting choral concerts, but on 15th July, Truro Symphony Orchestra, with its players donating their services for free and Truro Choral Society providing practical support, staged a concert in support of music at Truro Cathedral.
The programme included Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, with audience members creating the sound of cannon fire with pre-distributed paper bags that they “exploded” on cue. This was followed, in complete contrast, by Vaughan Williams’s beautiful and tranquil The Lark Ascending, with orchestra leader Philip Montgomery-Smith as soloist. Another of Tchaikovsky’s popular works, the Fifth Symphony, brought the concert to a resounding and exuberant conclusion.
The evening raised £2,500 and the cheque for the amount was received on behalf of the cathedral by the Dean of Truro, The Very Rev’d Roger Bush. The Dean said, “Not only was this a stunning orchestral concert by some very talented players, it was also an immensely generous thing to do to help raise funds to support the music at the cathedral.”
Philip Montgomery-Smith, Truro Symphony Orchestra leader, said, “We are delighted that we managed to raise so much for such a worthy cause. Truro Cathedral has an enviable reputation for its worship and music and is one of the most iconic venues in the county. We wanted to say a little thank you to the cathedral for all that it does to promote music for adults and children alike.”
The Dean also thanked the members of Truro Choral Society who gave their time and energy to ensure the successful project came to fruition.