All aboard for countywide day of choral fun
A hundred young choristers will be boarding buses at either end of Cornwall next month as part of a day-long singing tour.
Boys On A Bus has been funded by Cornwall Music Education Hub as part of the Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival.
The two ensembles – Cornwall Boys and Cambiata Cornwall – will set off from Land's End and Saltash at 10.30am on Saturday, May 4. Along the way, both groups will perform "pop-up" concerts in Penzance, Liskeard, Hayle, Falmouth and St Austell, before gathering on Truro's Lemon Quay.
The boys will then perform a joint repertoire in the Hall for Cornwall, for audiences awaiting the results of the day's international singing competitions.
Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival, which is the largest event of its kind in Europe, involves 60 choirs from more than a dozen countries taking part in 50 concerts at 40 venues.
Festival director Peter Davies said: "Boys On A Bus is a wonderful opportunity for our young singers to show off their talents right across Cornwall. Audiences from Cornwall and right across the world will hear the uplifting sound of young voices in the great outdoors.
"It promises to be a joyous day and they'll certainly need their supper by the end of it."
The mini-tour will follow the biennial festival's inaugural International Youth Gala Concert at Truro Methodist Church on May 2, where both choirs will be joined by Dagilelis from Lithuania, St Petersburg Boys Choir and The Scholars from Truro Cathedral. The evening will also see a guest appearance by The Macquarries, a father and his two sons playing folk arrangements for violin, guitar and xylophone.
During the main festival, some 3,000 singers from Australia, Russia, Finland, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Russia, France, Germany, Lithuania, England, Scotland and Wales, as well as Cornwall itself, will perform to more than 30,000 people.
The 2013 festival takes place from May 2-6. For further information visit www.cimvcf.org.uk.