There was a lot for the young people of Cornwall Youth Choir to sing about on St Piran’s Day this year as they received a £500 donation which will help them fly the flag for the Duchy on the international stage.
Newquay Towan Blystra Lions responded to a request from one of their members to consider sponsoring the group who have all been working very hard to raise money to attend the international choir competition INTERKULTUR in Hull during April. It is an appearance which will put Cornwall in this inspiring and prestigious environment for the first time and provide those attending with the type of experience and confidence building which will benefit them for many years to come.
Sixteen year-old Newquay student, Anna Lane, who made the initial contact with the Lions said: “I have been a member of Cornwall Youth Choir for four years and there are four members of the Youth Choir who live in Newquay.
“The choir has provided an amazing opportunity to meet other young people from all over Cornwall and perform for the community, for example at the Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Cornwall Show, Songfest and many more. Our nationwide recognition began to grow after our virtual arrangement of ‘Cornwall My Home’ (https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=r1doM6_M42M) was released during lockdown and it was seen by prominent British youth choirs, like Barnsley and Farnham.
“We even had the opportunity to perform this piece for the original composer of the song, Harry Glasson. Now, we would like to expand our recognition on an international level and INTERKULTUR provides a platform to share our love for singing and our Cornish heritage,” said Anna.
Presenting the cheque to Anna and the choir as they prepared to perform in Newquay on St Piran’s Day, Lion President Jill Bunt said: “We are delighted to become silver sponsors of the choir. It is a great opportunity they have to inspire others and develop their own confidence and skills. Supporting youth projects is one of the signature aims of Lions Clubs around the world.”