Cornwall Junior Choir was established in January 2001, as part of a major new initiative to boost singing in Cornish Primary Schools. It was awarded a grant from the National Foundation for Youth Music as part of the foundation’s Singing Challenge programme. The choir initially stemmed from a partnership between Truro Cathedral and the Cornwall Council Music Service Department and comprises youngsters from all over Cornwall.
The Choir has performed in a variety of venues, from the traditional Truro Cathedral, to the more exotic, Tate St Ives, from Gwennap Pit to The National Maritime Museum. They have sung in Gloucester and Exeter Cathedrals and on Scilly, all the while sharing what they have learned with their audiences, and building their confidences and skills. The choir has had the opportunity to sing with Aled Jones and take part in a 'Children in Need' concert alongside their annual commitments.
From September 2015, the support structure of the choir altered slightly, retaining our close links with the Cathedral, but coming under the 'Cornwall Music Service Trust' umbrella. This offers the choir the most secure future and we hope for great things going forward.
Jo Saville - Musical Director
After a musical youth of Cornish brass bands and swing bands (flugel horn/trumpet/saxophone), along with singing in choirs, gigging with a soul band and gaining grade 8 piano, Jo graduated from Exeter University with a BA in music, where she performed for the Queen as part of the University Saxophone Quartet and was the Musical Director of the Jazz Orchestra. Jo also developed her love of singing further here, by performing in a gospel choir, jazz quintet and stage productions.
Following her PCGE from The Institute of Education (University of London), Jo taught music in many schools, in both classroom & peripatetic capacity, and greatly enjoyed the varied experiences that this created. Years later, Jo has been at the helm of Rock Choir in Cornwall, creating a safe & fun space where members get to sing out some feel-good favourites each week and escape the stresses of daily life, whilst building friendships and experiencing some amazing performance opportunities along the way.
Jo strongly believes that music is a powerful, positive force and loves that singing is accessible to everyone. She is really excited about working with the Cornwall Junior Choir for the foreseeable future.
Rehearsals run from 10-11.30am (unless otherwise indicated by letter, on the website or via the notice displayed on the entrances to the Cathedral). Members should be dropped off outside the front of the Cathedral, and picked up from the Cathedral Car Park. It is important that we all meet in one place!– you will be notified of any changes. Please note that there are no parking facilities available at the Cathedral for Junior Choir parents.
The first rehearsal for Autumn 2019 will be on Saturday 14th September and is an open rehearsal for existing members and those interested in joining.
Choir uniform - All Black unless otherwise stated (including black socks/tights and shoes)
Full dates are as follows:
September 14th Crypt - Open rehearsal (meeting at the Cathedral)
21st Crypt - Open rehearsal (meeting at the Cathedral)
28th Crypt - Normal rehearsal (meeting in the Cathedral)
October 5th Crypt - Normal rehearsal (meeting in the Cathedral)
12th Crypt - Normal rehearsal (meeting in the Cathedral)
19th No Rehearsal (Half term)
26th No Rehearsal (Half term)
November 2nd Crypt - Normal rehearsal (meeting in the Cathedral)
9th Crypt - Normal rehearsal (meeting in the Cathedral)
16th Crypt - Normal rehearsal (meeting in the Cathedral)
23rd Crypt - Normal rehearsal (meeting in the Cathedral)
29th Joint Concert with City of Truro Wind Orchestra (and potentially Cornwall Youth Chamber Choir) timings to
30th Crypt - Normal rehearsal, followed by the Christmas
party(meeting at the Cathedral, details TBC)
December 7th Christmas Concert at Kenwyn Church, rehearsal at Kenwyn 10am Concert to start at 11.30am
If you have any concerns or questions, do not hesitate to contact Julia Carter (details below).
For more information about the Junior and Youth Choirs please contact Julia Carter: 07812 827 033 or 01872 573 455 (eves) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org