It is with great regret that the members of Praze Hayle Male Choir recently voted to dissolve the Charity and dispose of its assets.
The Choir was formed in 2006 by the merger of the former Praze Male Voice Choir (founded in 1924) and Hayle Male Voice Choir (founded in 1978) so there was a very proud history over the years with both choirs being successful in competing in a number of music festivals, tours and participating in Massed Choir Concerts both in Cornwall and at larger venues such as The Royal Albert Hall.
The new choir continued competing in the same vein and enjoyed many happy times entertaining audiences and raising thousands of pounds for various charities and good causes.
We would like to give our heartfelt thanks to all those who have been involved over the years, especially to all the Musical Directors and accompanists, without whom it could not have happened, and to the late Hamilton Hawkins who was a great member, supporter and inspiration to us all.
Several members are joining other local male choirs to continue their love of singing and our assets are being distributed to those choirs and other similar institutions to help them continue their splendid work. We wish them every success and say “Thank you for the Music”.
18th. August 2019
Praze Hayle Male Choir was formed in February 2006 by the merger of Praze and Hayle Male Voice Choirs. As with many smaller choirs in the County there is increasing age of members and a shortage of younger recruits. The solution was successfully sought in the two choirs coming together.
Praze Male Voice Choir started when a small group of men came together to sing carols around the Parish at Christmas 1923. To raise funds for street lighting in the village, it was suggested that with this group of men, Praze could have its own Male Voice Choir.
Hayle Male Voice Choir was formed in 1978 as a result of a public meeting called by the Mayor of Hayle. Many years before Hayle had a good Town Band and the well known Ventonleague Male Voice Choir, which disbanded in the 1950s. The Town Band had been reformed and it was decided a Male Choir be reinstated in the Town. The choir started with 17 members, three of whom remain in the choir today.
Over the years both choirs have been successful in competing in a number of music festivals, tours and participating in Massed Choir Concerts both in Cornwall and at larger venues such as The Royal Albert Hall.