Cornwall Community Choir, Cornwall’s largest mixed voice choir, will join forces with Local Vocalz Choir for an open air evening concert on the evening of Saturday, July 15, at 7pm.

The concert takes place in the historical surroundings of Gwennap Pit near Carharrack - made famous by John Wesley who preached there on many occasions.

The 250 singers are looking forward to a fabulous evening of music making conducted by Neil Shepherd with accompanist Ruth Best. Admission to the concert is free, although there will be a retiring collection, and a donation after expenses will be made to Cornwall Air Ambulance, the chosen charity for the evening.

Cornwall Community Choir was formed in 2009 and now has 250 singers in choirs based in Penzance, St Ives, Hayle, Helston, Falmouth, Truro, Liskeard and Bodmin. Local Vocalz has two fifty strong choirs in Hayle and Falmouth. The choirs undertake engagements in their own areas, but join together several times each year in large venues including Truro Cathedral.

The programme at Gwennap Pit includes a wide range of music including classical pieces, show tunes, jazz, swing and pop tunes including for the first time music by Billy Joel and Carl Simon.

Conductor Neil Shepherd said: “To get both of the choirs together for a one off concert is a thrilling experience – the weather is looking promising and we are looking forward to a fabulous evening with a wide range of music and we hope to have a large audience in a venue which seats a couple of thousand.”