Dozens of singers from all over Cornwall converged on Truro’s High Cross this sunny Easter weekend for a spontaneous “flash mob” rendition of a new anthem for the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival.
Music for Song for the World was composed by the Festival’s Artistic Director, the renowned musical supremo Gareth Churcher, with lyrics provided by Bob Willmott, to celebrate the 2019 gathering of international choirs who will arrive next week from May 2nd to May 6th for the biggest event of its kind in the world.
Shoppers in Truro were surprised and delighted as Cornwall’s Brass Ensemble struck up on the cathedral steps, summoning singers for a rousing burst which began with Trelawny and finished with the world premiere of the new anthem.
A great video of the event is here https://youtu.be/8Oi49DEZ5dw
“Singing and music and celebrating Cornwall’s internationally-reaching male choral tradition is what we’re all about,” says Gareth. “It seems only right after sixteen years of this fantastic festival that we should have our own anthem – and our singing flash mob event was a really delightful way of launching it on the world.”