Polperro Fishermen's Choir
Polperro Fishermen's Choir have since their formation in 1923 provided the very best in traditional Cornish and modern choral music. The choir has appeared on radio and television, attracts audiences from many countries wherever they perform and has forged friendships with choirs from England, Wales and elsewhere in the world. The choir’s aims and objectives are as strong as ever and a great many charities have benefited from their devotion and love of singing. We have the active support of our President, the celebrity broadcaster and writer Richard Madeley, in raising money for good causes.
On selected Wednesday evenings throughout June, July & August the choir can be seen ‘at home’ on the fish quay in Polperro, entertaining locals and tourists alike. Describing the concerts as one of Cornwall's ten best 'free secrets' in her book Cornwall for Free, author Rachael Rowe says the singing "is a delight to hear as the sun goes down over the sea". Collections for charity at the free concerts will this year go to Reverse Rett and the British Heart Foundation. The dates for this year's concerts are on our News and Events page.
The choir also gives concerts in Looe and elsewhere, often to raise funds for the RNLI. Our famous Christmas Concert in Polperro Methodist Chapel on 23rd December attracts an audience from many parts of the country and overseas.
The choir always welcomes new members. If you are interested in joining and would like to try it out, come along to a concert or practice evening, or send a message via the 'Join the Choir' page. The Choir has a varied repertoire with wide appeal to all.
In August 2009 five members of the Polperro Fishermen’s Choir met to form an “afterglow" singing group with the idea of enjoying a ‘sing along’ after the choir’s Wednesday evening practice sessions or after the choir had performed one of its many concerts. Fifteen members of the choir attended the first “afterglow” practice session and the group quickly adopted the name "Polperro Wreckers" with the first ‘Gig’ being held just prior to Christmas 2009. The practice sessions have themselves become performances enjoyed by both visitors and locals alike singing along to a mixture of Cornish, Shanty, Folk, and Sixties numbers. The Wreckers are all about letting their hair down and having fun. They have now performed at various venues in Cornwall and Devon with charities such as Shelter Box, British Heart Foundation, Children's Hospice SW, Cornwall Air Ambulance and local charities including the Fishermen’s choir benefiting as a result. At about 9.30pm on most Wednesday evenings throughout the year, the Wreckers can be found enjoying themselves in the lovely Old Mill House Inn in Polperro.
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