Happy New Year everyone – Keltique practices restart on Monday 17 January at the Riverside Church, and we have six great new songs to learn – Lewis Capaldi, Coldplay, Harry Glasson, Ola Gjeilo, Carole King and David Bowie
As we weren’t able to sing in St Nick’s for our usual candlelit carols, we had a singalong outside – thanks to everyone who turned up and joined in with such gusto!
Our first performance of the Christmas season is in Liskeard at the Methodist Church on Friday 10 December, 7 pm, in aid of the Liskeard & Looe Rotary Club
It’s a wonderful world – let’s keep it that way. The COP26 Climate Change Conference starts tomorrow and this is our small gesture of support for their work . . .
Hard at work learning six new pieces – and such a great selection this year, David Bowie, Coldplay, Lewis Capaldi, Ola Gjeilo, Carole King, Harry Glasson – something for everyone!
And then it’s almost time to dust off the Christmas music folder again . . .
And we’re back at the Quayside Centre down by the riverside in West Looe – we’ll be singing there on four Fridays in August and September and everyone’s very welcome to come along and listen to us absolutely free!
At last we can return to practices at the Riverside Church in Looe – since May we’ve been hosted by one of our very generous singers at her farm but it will be wonderful to return to Monday evenings at our usual stamping ground.
After 581 days since our last performance, we had at last the chance to perform again for the RNLI on Sunday 25th July! It was wonderful to be out there singing in the open air with a very appreciative audience of locals and holiday makers. And of course, it is always our pleasure to support such an excellent cause as the RNLI.
We spent a wonderful few days in Plouguerneau, Brittany with our superb host choir, Entre Terre et Mer, who looked after us so well. Memorable days of music, song, dance, food and wine, culminating in a spine tingling concert with our hosts and MVC Paotred Sant Pabu. What amazing memories we have!
And in the end Looe really did Save The Day – what an an amazing weekend of bands, singers, music and fun – we were delighted to be involved as performers as well as volunteers and sang on the Saturday and Sunday – here’s us doing an appropriate number at the Lifeboat Station
Down to the quayside every Monday evening, singing to anyone who happens to be passing by, after-dinner strolling by the river, ferry-boating from East Looe to West Looe, or hanging around on the other side of the river with fish and chips – yes, it seems we can be heard that far away! Thanks to Just Us and to Just Voices for coming along to sing with us too. Same time next year?
Do you find it impossible to resist singing along to Mamma Mia? Do you love to join in with the musical drama of Les Miserables? Can you belt out one of the many familiar tunes from Oliver at the drop of a Dickensian hat? Then Sing Musicals for your Supper is the evening for you . . . Friday 27 July at the Millpool Centre in West Looe
Following our AGM we are delighted to announce that this year’s nominated charity will be
Our first concert in 2018, a very welcome return to St Stephen’s Church in Saltash, this time with our old friends from Rame Peninsula Male Voice Choir – a great evening, with new songs getting their first Keltique outing and new singers at their first performance (no nerves then!) and with a brilliant audience in such a stunning location. Many thanks to Jonathan and Liz without whom, of course, none of this would be possible. You can’t see Liz in this pic, she’s behind Jonathan!
So that’s it for another year – with 10 gigs in the run-up to Christmas it’s been pretty exhausting but great fun. Keltique has gone from strength to strength this year, with lots of new members and new pieces to learn, some of which were quite challenging but we got there! Looking forward to a happy and music-filled 2018.
November / December 2017
Keltique are back at the Portbyhan this year, singing carols and Christmas songs throughout November and December – poster below – and then our personal highlight of the festive season with Carols by Candlelight in the intimate and beautiful surroundings of St Nicholas’ Church by the riverside. One not to miss, do get there early for a seat in the pews, and afterwards there’s the afterglow and our very own mince pies at Looe Social Club – that glass of mulled wine is already calling to me.
August & September 2017
A new venture for us, instead of practicing on Monday evenings, we’ve been at the Quayside Centre instead entertaining the unsuspecting public. Typical August weather, many thanks to everyone who came to listen, even people waiting for the ferry on the other side of the river seemed to appreciate our sound. And a special thanks to Just Us, a local barbershop quartet, who joined us for one of the evenings. Definitely to be repeated next year!
Popped over to Newquay to sing our our friends Newquay Male Choir – always a delight to sing with them and it was a great evening.
Keltique Voices, formed of 12 members of Keltique, took part in the Prague Advent Festival last weekend along with choirs from Finland, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, Estonia, France, Switzerland, Belgium and Ireland. Apart from having a fantastic time exploring the beautiful city of Prague, they sang beautifully too! Now, where to go next year?
A first for Keltique, I think – last night we performed with a brass band, and what a band Tavistock Rhythm & Brass are, loved their music and were delighted they asked us to come along to Tavistock to sing on the same bill. Real foot-tapping, hand-clapping stuff, such talented musicians. Great evening, beautiful acoustics, many thanks to everyone who organised the event and all in aid of local charity Derriford Children’s Cancer Services.
Keltique enjoyed a fantastic evening of music down in Falmouth at the invitation of Nankersey Male Voice Choir, it was a pleasure to sing with them again and in such a wonderful venue, Falmouth Methodist Church, and with such amazing hospitality and we were only sorry we had to leave too soon for the long drive back to Looe.
Nankersey MVC & Keltique sing Hallelujah
A very enjoyable weekend at Ilminster with Rame Peninsula MVC and our hosts, the Ilminster Belles – Jonathan Delbridge’s new choir. They sing beautifully but then we wouldn’t expect anything else with their talented MD in charge. We stayed in Taunton, and sang in the Minster on Friday night – fantastic acoustics and just the right place for the sound of three choirs to belt out Jerusalem and Trelawny. Many thanks to our splendid hosts, the Ilminster Belles and JD, and also to Jonathan Lewsey and Liz Sidebotham for their immaculate direction and accompaniment. Some highlights from our performance are on Keltique’s YouTube channel
Such a busy month – first we were at the Eden Project in the Mediterranean biodome, what a beautiful place to sing
And then our Christmas Concert on Saturday 11 December at the Riverside Church with all our friends from Rame Male Voice Choir
And then the serene atmosphere of Carols by Candlelight at St Nicholas’ Church in West Looe, down by the river, on Monday 21 December
And lastly (if we have any voices left) is a festive Christmas singsong at the Portbyhan Hotel in West Looe on Wednesday 23 December at 7.30 pm
We’re looking forward to singing at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell on Monday 9 November – we’ve chosen some beautiful songs and really hope everyone will enjoy them – and we will also be handing over a cheque for the funds raised for Cornwall Hospice Care from recent Keltique events
At the last minute, we were asked to do the Looe Music Festival again – such short notice that sadly many of us had made other plans but those that could turn out had a great time and the sun shone, always a bonus!
Keltique will be singing on Looe seafront on Sunday 13 September at 2 pm – we’re hoping for a sunny afternoon, come and listen to us by the seaside
What a great evening on Saturday! Many thanks to Nankersey Male Choir for coming up all the way from Falmouth and raising the roof at the Riverside with their beautiful sound, and to everyone who came to listen – we hope we entertained you and you raised an incredibly generous sum for Cornwall Hospice Care at the same time. And special thanks to our new MD, Jonathan Lewsey, for our first concert together – Keltique certainly had a ball and the fun continued with our Nankersey friends at the Portbyhan afterwards, ending in a rousing Hallelujah!
Our first concert of 2015, our first concert with our new Musical Director, Jonathan Lewsey, an our first concert with Nankersey Male Choir, fresh from the International Choral Festival – what a lot to look forward to!
Keltique and Rame Male Voice Choir enjoyed a great weekend away in Jersey – fantastic fun, loads of singing and late nights, exploring the island and soaking up the beauty and friendliness of the island. Many thanks to our hosts Jersey Island Singers and the Harmony Men, we loved your performances and it all made for a very memorable tour. Many thanks too to Lorraine Forsdick for accompanying us so beautifully and of course to Jonathan Delbridge, our final performances with our departing Musical Director and we hope we didn’t let you down!
We’re delighted to announce that Jonathan Lewsey has agreed to be Keltique’s new Musical Director. Jonathan’s gifts are many and various – singer, actor, director, lecturer and author – but he may be best known in Cornwall as the director of Sterts Arts Centre for 7 years, so we feel we’re incredibly lucky he’s agreed to direct Keltique and we’re looking forward to working with him.
We are so sad to announce that our wonderful and esteemed Musical Director, Jonathan Delbridge is leaving us later this spring. After five years of his guidance, persuasion and patience Keltique are going to miss him, particularly his unfailing humour, amazing musical talents and just for putting up with us, but we know he’s moving on to new and exciting opportunities up-country and that we won’t lose touch. Jonathan, we wish you all the very best for the future!
Get into the festive spirit and come and sing carols by candlelight in the beautiful and intimate surroundings of St Nicholas’ Church on West Looe Quay . . . Monday 22nd at 7.30 pm . . . and in case the church is as full as it was last year, the proceedings will also be displayed on the big screen in the West Looe Quayside Centre
Super evening at the Macmillan Christmas Concert in Liskeard Public Hall: great audience, beautiful song and carols, fantastic fundraiser and an emotional ending – many thanks to Liskerret MVC for inviting us and organising the whole event. And who knew the 12 Days of Christmas could be such fun?
Just had a lovely letter from Macmillan Cancer Support thanking Keltique for their donation of £325, and mentioning that £300 could pay for an expert to run an online learning discussion forum that could educate people affected by cancer on how to set up a support group – so all in aid of an excellent cause and we continue to raise funds for Macmillan, in fact tomorrow Sunday 14 December we’ll be singing in aid of Macmillan with Liskerret MVC at the Liskeard Public Hall – see our Events page for details.
Such a very special treat coming up this Thursday 27th November – at the Guildhall, an evening with Tim Dickinson and Keltique, fun, food, wine and song – what could be better? Sadly space is limited and already sold out but this is the poster anyway . . . we are so lucky that Tim has interrupted his tour with Glyndebourne Opera to be with us and (whisper this) may sing with us too!
And our next event is on Friday 14 November, again at the Riverside Church in West Looe, when our guests will be Con Brio, a wonderful group of singers from Liskeard with a repertoire that is mainly folk and beautiful songs that inspire so we look forward to a memorable evening with them! Come and join us, 7.30 pm start, tickets £5 from Tina on 01503 265929 or on the door on the night.
Many thanks to Jo, Jane and Linda for coming along to our Open Evening at Looe Academy yesterday – it was great to meet you and we hope you enjoyed yourselves so much you’ll come back next Monday!
Forthcoming event in October . . .
Do you enjoy singing? Then come to our Open Evening on Monday 29 September at 7.30 pm, in the Dining Room at Looe Community Academy where a warm welcome awaits you . . .
What a weekend at LMF 2014 – loads of highlights, Red Hot Chilli Pipers were amazing! – as were we, naturally, and thanks to all of you who came and sang along with us on a sunny Saturday in West Looe, it was a blast
Well where did that year go then? Keltique are back at the Looe Music Festival on the Quayside stage in West Looe on Saturday 20th at 5.45pm, so if you find yourself strolling around the festival come and listen to us!
Dear Cynth, we’re going to miss you! Lots of love from all at Keltique . . .
Roll on Sunday! Keltique are travelling down to Penzance to sing with the Penzance Orpheus Choir at St Mary’s, Chapel Street at 7.30 pm – looking forward to a great evening in the far south west
Keltique provided visitors to Looe the opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea with music at The Millpool Centre on Saturday. With scones and cream, plenty of delicious sandwiches and cakes and lashings of tea, our guests were happy to listen to the excellent men’s group Halfway Harmony. a ukulele trio loosely named Peter, Paul and Mary and the ladies vocal group Just Voices. We hope to repeat this happy event at the delightful Millpool Centre in the near future.
Despite the first wet weather for a while, Keltique and Just Voices brought sunshine to the diners of The Inn on the Shore, Downderry. A full and varied programme included Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and Barcelona, songs from the shows All That Jazz and Fly me to the Moon, the thought provoking Something Inside so Strong, The Rose and The Water is Wide. The a cappella group Just Voices charmed their audience with their close harmonies and sang a long repertoire. The management of The Inn on the Shore were delighted and are looking forward to Keltique’s next visit.
Keltique has two events coming up at the start of July – first on Friday 4 July evening we’re back at the Inn on the Shore in Downderry, a reprise of last year’s gig and we’re hoping for another beautiful warm evening while we sing on the deck overlooking the sea as the sun goes down – romantic or what?
And then on Saturday 4 July we’re hosting A Bit of a Do Cream Tea – Keltique’s A Bit of a Do’s are always informal and indulgent displays of our passions for food and music – and a luscious cream tea will be laid on at the Millpool Centre in West Looe from 3 pm onwards, complete with a variety of entertainment and all for just £5 each (or half price for children) – contact Sally on 01503 263549 for more info
Next gig is this Friday evening at the Polperro Festival, starting at 7.00 pm on the Big Green so come and see us there, the sun is going to shine all week (at least that’s what the forecast says) . . . and many congratulations to Lord Mayor Franco! Love the hat!
Enjoy singing? And having fun? Keltique are hosting a Singing Techniques Workshop by Barry Farley – well known for his work as a singing teacher in the South West and in London and with a wealth of choral and solo singing experience. The workshop takes place on Saturday 7 June between 10.30 am and 3.30 pm at the Looe Community Academy, tickets £10. This will be an unmissable opportunity for anyone wishing to improve their vocal technique learning from such an eminent teacher and to have a fun day at the same time. Drinks are provided, just bring a packed lunch and wear comfortable clothes. Contact Kate Ward on 01503 220153.
Terrific evening on Sunday – such a treat to hear the wonderful voices of City of Truro Male Choir and a privilege for Keltique to sing in such excellent company, many thanks for coming to Liskeard to entertain us all so well.
A very special mention to Karen Mason of East Looe who has so generously donated her collection of previously loved jewellery to Keltique – many thanks from us all for such a kind gesture and the Wednesday beads club girls are particularly delighted!
City of Truro Male Choir are coming to Liskeard! Arguably the best choir in Cornwall, the amazing and award-winning City of Truro with their new MD Mike Steer have a critically acclaimed reputation for exceptional performances so this concert promises an evening of beautiful music from both choirs with a programme of traditional classics and modern popular songs, an inspiring and moving experience in splendid acoustic surroundings – one not to be missed at the Liskeard Methodist Church on Sunday 11 May, starting at 7.30 pm. Tickets are just £5 and are available from Tina King on 01503 265929 or on the door on the night.
Don’t forget – Newquay Male Voice Choir are coming to town this Friday, 11 April at Riverside Church from 7.30 pm – come and see us!
And now for our first concert of the season – with the wonderful Newquay Male Voice Choir, celebrating their 40th anniversary year – come and join us down at the Riverside Church on Friday 11 April at 7.30 pm, tickets a mere £5!
Many thanks to Beth, Cheryl, Mary, Linda, Joyce, Tanya and Poppy for coming along to our Open Evening at Looe Academy on Monday – it was great to meet you and we hope you enjoyed yourselves so much you’ll come back next Monday!
For the tweeters amongst you, Keltique now have a Twitter account too – @KeltiqueSing – retweets and followers would be much appreciated!
Do you enjoy singing? Then come to our Open Evening on Monday 10 March at 7.30 pm, in the Dining Room at Looe Community Academy where a warm welcome awaits you . . .
A beautiful afternoon at the wedding of Jean Glynn and Bo Knudsen at Lanhydrock and Keltique singing with love at heart . . .
Keltique sang at the Saltash Music, Speech and Drama Festival on 1 February – undeterred by the terrible weather and severe flood warnings in Looe – and performed two songs, The Water is Wide and It Don’t Mean A Thing, achieving a very creditable score of 87 and a plaque to celebrate our success – well done Jonathan, Liz and all the girls!
Thanks to everyone who came along to say hallo to us at the Millpool Centre yesterday, it was lovely to see you and we’ll hope you follow us here or on Facebook and join us at one of our Open Days (see Events) or any Monday evening rehearsal to see what we do – and many thanks to all the Keltique girls who manned the stand during the day
Keltique will be at Looe Societies Day, along with 30 other local societies and groups – come and see what we do on Saturday 25 January from 11 am to 3 pm – at the Millpool Centre, West Looe . . . more details here