Mylor Methodist Chapel
9:48am Tuesday 7th December 2010 in Mylor
To celebrate the patron saint of musicians, a concert for St Cecilia was held and those who braved the cold weather were well rewarded with a delightful evening of musical entertainment.
The varied light and light classical programme was performed by a group of four.
Ruth Bray, growing up in Mylor, played the piano and violin. She performed in the County Youth Orchestra and Kernow Strings and went on to Southampton University, obtaining a Master’s Degree in Music. She has also studied the organ and plays locally in church services.
During the evening, Ruth played Beethoven’s piano variations on the National Anthem and accompanied Jane Curtis and Sally Collett, sopranos, on the organ as they sang four well-loved songs as solos, coming together for the final duet.
Jane Curtis grew up in Penryn and studied music in the sixth form and also with Joyce Robson and Annabella Waite MBE. She has a well-deserved reputation as a soloist and will be performing at St Mawes Castle Christmas Concert.
Sally Collett also studies with Annabella and sings with the Duchy Opera, Cornwall Symphony Chorus and Mylor Singers, in which she is a soloist. She also has had principal parts with Kenwin Barton G&S Singers. In the next production, Pirates of Penzance” she is Kate.
The guest flautist, John Adams, gave a thrilling performance of four pieces of music. After studying with Professor Albert Honey, he went on to become principal flute of the Royal Artillery Orchestra and Band and has taught at the Wiltshire Rural Music School and Marlborough College. He is Musical Director of Treverva Male Voice Choir. Ruth accompanied him on the piano and also for Jane and Sally in the first part of the programme.
Refreshments were served afterwards and the proceeds shared between chapel funds and the Precious Lives Appeal.