St Ia Church
St Andrew’s Street, St Ives

St Ia, the parish church of St Ives, is a major venue for the St Ives September Festival with the fantastic acoustics of the church hosting a two-week programme of music to match – along with other Festival events at the church in the heart of town Licensed bar at all Church shows
RIGHT: Pictured at St Ia Church are (left to right) Vicar of St Ives, the Rev Nick Widdows, St Ives singer Molly Hocking, who will be appearing in the Church during this year’s St Ives September Festival, and St Ia music organiser Jo Grant

 

Saturday September 10 (1pm) – CAKE CLUB CLARINETISTS

The ten-piece clarinet group will play at the St Ia Church cafe and take donations. Formed 12 years ago, when clarinet players from the Returners Orchestra met during the summer break, the first host cooked a fabulous cake and started the tradition of post-rehearsal drinks and cakes. They play the usual Bb clarinets as well as the little Eb clarinet and the larger Alto and Bass clarinets. Previous performances have seen them play at Camborne Wesley Church, Art exhibitions at Trelissick Gardens, the Mylor Yacht Club and lunchtime concerts at King Charles the Martyr in Falmouth as well as joint projects with the Dancers from MADE at Kea Church and Flambards.
Their repertoire is a far reaching mix of styles from arrangements of baroque pieces by Purcell and Handel to contemporary classics such as Moonlight Serenade and Somewhere Over The Rainbow, as well as pieces written for clarinet choirs by composers such as Clare Grundman. Donations

Saturday September 10 (6pm) – FOUR LANES CHOIR

Four Lanes Male Choir was formed in1944 to welcome local soldiers returning from the D-Day landings. From those early days it has established a reputation for fine singing and the ability to engender a sense of fun and enjoyment in every performance.
The choir has enjoyed competition and tours to many parts of the country. It organises and performs in many local concerts throughout the year, including open-air events such as concerts at St Ives, Porthleven, Redruth, Carol Singing at Four Lanes on Christmas Day and regular charity events. Four Lanes Male Choir has been fortunate in having very few musical directors and accompanists over the last 78 years. Today these key posts are ably filled by Musical Director Timothy Hosken and Accompanist David Wingham who each bring their individual personality and talents to the choir. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Saturday September 10 (8.30pm) – OUR ATLANTIC ROOTS

Cornwall-based indie duo Our Atlantic Roots bring an uplifting blend of American and British alt-folk, with harmonies that are rich, dynamic and unite beautifully.
The duo’s last release ‘Little Bird’ (2019) has had more than 1.6 million streams across music platforms, and since then they’ve been multiple featured on national TV (BBC Songs of Praise, BBC Spotlight Regional News) and national radio.  
Early in 2021, hit songwriter Mark Cawley (Paul Carrack, Tina Turner, Kathy Mattea) shared his appreciation for the duo stating: “I love the blend of Mac and Laura’s voices on their song ‘Carry On’ as well as everything I’ve heard them do. Their music sounds like a sonic reflection of their passion for each other and their roots. Beautiful music!”  The duo are excited to be releasing a big recording project in Autumn 2022. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Sunday September 11 (7.30pm) – SETH LAKEMAN

West Country folk star Seth Lakeman is returning to St Ives for a solo show at the 2022 September Festival – four years after his last St Ives appearance, when he and his band delivered a memorable performance which sold out The Guildhall on the opening night of the 2018 Festival.
Following that show Seth dashed home to Devon to collect his bag and catch a flight to join up with Robert Plant’s USA tour in Kansas City the following Tuesday.
St Ia brought an extensive programme of events to the September Festival last year – but Seth Lakeman will be the biggest name ever to perform in the Church and there is expected to be a huge demand for tickets.
Folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2005 for ‘Kitty Jay’. It catapulted Lakeman into the forefront of the new British folk movement and his follow up was the gold-selling ‘Freedom Fields’ which was released twice in 2006. Produced by his brother Sean Lakeman it came out on iScream and was then re-released by Relentless (EMI) where it went on to become the first of Seth’s six UK Top 40 albums.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary in 2021 Seth played a worldwide online concert stream with his band playing the album which includes ‘Lady of the Sea’, ‘King and Country’ and ‘White Hare’, released a Deluxe Edition of the album on CD and vinyl with bonus tracks and unreleased demos and toured in November, playing the album in its entirety.
Seth also released stunning new studio album Make Your Mark in November 2021. Written during his Covid-enforced 18 months off the road, the album features 14 powerful, brand-new songs including the first single Higher We Aspire which was playlisted at BBC Radio 2.
Inspiration for the songs on his 11th studio album came from a range of subjects – from the environment to love, death and self-belief. Recorded at Middle Farm Studios in Devon and produced by Seth himself, the album was released on his own label, Honour Oak Records. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Monday September 12 (8pm) – WILL KEATING AND JOHN DOWLING

Acclaimed Cornish folk singer/musician Will Keating and world-renowned banjo player John Dowling, will once again join forces as they return to St Ia Church following last year’s fantastic show.
Will Keating has been honing his live performance skills entertaining crowds in Cornwall, London, North Wales, and beyond, spreading old Cornish songs to new audiences and telling stories of Cornwall’s rich history and heritage. During the pandemic, he streamed live, weekly, from his home in Falmouth, to a global audience, receiving a letter of thanks from the Lord Lieutenant on behalf of HM the Queen for the community support. Will also produced a single to raise money for The Fisherman’s Mission, after lives were lost when a Brixham fishing trawler went down.
John Dowling’s banjo playing has won him accolades across the globe! A winner and twice finalist of the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Folk awards, at just 21-years-old, John became the first non-American to win the USA National Bluegrass Banjo Championships held in Kansas at the tender age of 21. He also featured alongside Jools Holland and Courtenay Pine on TV ‘s ‘Play it again’ teaching the banjo to comedian Frank Skinner. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Tuesday September 13 (12.30pm) – CLAUDE BOURBON

Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, and Middle Eastern stylings into uncharted territories.
His inimitable style incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such speed and precision that his fingers often seem to melt into a blur. Thousands of people in the UK, Europe and USA have enjoyed listening to this virtuoso and for the majority of his audience it is an experience that compels them to return again and again to hear and watch him play, as his fingers lightly dance over the strings of his guitar and create a unique sound that is ’Claude’.
Some of this guitarists’ influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale; JS Bach….
Claude has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O’Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong ( Van Morisson), Jose barrense Dias and many more. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Tuesday September 13 (7pm) – BAILEY TOMKINSON and her band

Recently described as “Wonderful” by the legendary presenter Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2 and hailing from St Ives, singer-songwriter Bailey Tomkinson first made national headlines when as an unsigned, unmanaged artist she reached No.1 in the inTunes video charts.
And then again when the Times showcased her song Bright Red as a rallying cry for sutainability and social justice ahead of the 2021 G7 Summit in Carbis Bay.
Described variously by the Daily Mail, Mariella Frostrup and country music legend Brad  Paisley as Britain’s answer to Taylor Swift, she fuses surf rock, Americana and pop to creat an authentic hooky sound that has seen her emerge as one of the UK’s most promising acts. Inspired by an eclectic mix of performers from Bruce Springsteen and Carole King to Weezer and Taylor Swift, Bailey will be bringing her talented band to St Ia Church. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Wednesday September 14 (6pm) – CHORAL EVENSONG – Collection

Wednesday September 14 (7.30pm) – THREE CHOIRS CHORALE

Three choirs for the price of one as Festival favourites and St Ia Church regulars Gwel Trencrom and Local Vocalz return for another appearance at the 2022 St Ives September Festival.
This year they will also be joined by the St Ia Church Choir. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Thursday September 15 (8pm) – JOHNNY COWLING

Funny man Johnny Cowling has been delighting audiences for more than 20 years and his Cornish charm and quick wit make him an obvious choice to appear at St Ia Church during the September Festival.
Johnny is an entertainer who likes to get among the people during performance -with a wealth of tales and yarns to spin. Along with his wit and charisman, Johnny has a natural warmth that makes him popular to family audiences and adult audiences alike.
His topics, including the ever-changing face of Cornwall, ladies appliances, Cornish family life, holiday-makers and much more, have his audiences laughing with tears running down their faces or running for the loo! As well as providing entertainment for all manner of charities, including the Children’s Hospice South West, he is a Patron of Heartswell and raises money for  churches all over the country.  Johnny has  cycled from London to Paris for the Meningitis Trust and ran The London Marathon twice for Cornwall’s Ambulances (F.L.E.E.T), raising more than £10,000.
Who has Johnny Cowling been compared to? Well, mix a pinch of Jethro , a spoonful of Tommy Cooper and a hunk of Elvis and standing before you would be 6ft 1in Cornishman Johnny Cowling. Clicke here to BOOK TICKETS

Friday September 16 (1.15pm) – ORGAN FAVOURITES with Jeffrey Williams

St Ia’s Church organist Jeffrey Williams provides the first of two Festival Friday lunchtimes of organ music. Jeffrey grew up in Camborne and attended Redruth Grammar School. His first organ lessons were at Camborne Centenary and St Mary’s, Penzance.
After four years at university, he settled in Hampshire  and lived there for 40 years, combining a successful career in music education with that of a church musician.
Much of Jeffrey’s organ and church music was centred around Romsey Abbey, where he was for 22 years, establishing one of the largest and most successful all-male church choirs in the south of England. After leaving teaching and regular church work some years ago, Jeffrey travelled extensively as a music examiner and adjudicator, not just in the UK, but around the world, in countries as diverse as New Zealand and India. Donations

Friday September 16 (7pm) – BRYHER’S BOYS

Cornwall shanty favourites Bryher’s Boys are “sailing back” to St Ives for the 2022 September Festival. They will drop anchor at St Ia Parish Church, where they performed to a packed house last year.
Bryer’s Boys were formed back in 2017 when the tenor and bass sections of several West Cornwall choirs were press ganged to form a new crew to navigate the choppy waters of Sea Shanty singing. Based in West Cornwall – from Newlyn to Truro – they were proud to represent Cornwall at Brittany’s Festival 2019 Interceltique singing to 9,000 people at a time!
They released their fist CD ’The Ballad of the Boy Jacq’ the same year and, delighted to have returned the stage following Covid restrictions,
they will bring their unique mix of traditional Cornish songs, shanties and shaggy dog stories to St Ives.
Most recently, Bryher’s Boys’ music this year reached a national audience of millions when it featured in two episodes of the hit TV series Rick Stein’s Cornwall. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Saturday September 17 (1pm) – TOBY WEBB

Toby Webb, a 21 year old singer songwriter from Falmouth, has been writing, playing the guitar and singing since Ihe was 12-years-old and only recently started gigging.
For the past two years Toby says he has been inspired by close Cornish friends, local shanty groups and singer-songwriter and St Ia Church favourite Will Keating to “love where I live”.
Toby says: “I write songs about my home and the love I have for a girl who knows all the words to every shanty song in the world.”
St Ia’s Festival music organiser Jo Grant said: “Cornwall is such a creative county and young acts like Toby need a platform like this. I really hope people support the festival and it makes our community realise how lucky we are to have such lovely, talented people in it. Hopefully some kids will see them and realise you can pursue your dreams.” Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Saturday September 17 (7.30pm) – SUZIE MAC and her band

Suzie Mac has always been obsessed with soul, folk and music that resonates. From a very young age she showed quite an interest in music and singing. Her father being a vicar encouraged her to sing before she could talk.
Over the years Suzie has written with some incredible people including nominated writer Ian Dench of EMF who also won an Ivor Novello award. She has performed at some inspiring venues including Tate Modern, the Troubadour in London and Truro Cathedral.
Suzie, a prominent artist on BBC Introducing, has also graced stages at festivals such as Boardmasters, Great Estate, Glastonbury, Beautiful Days and Port Eliot.
Her goal this year is to walk the Cornish coast, The Isles of Scilly and The Three Peaks to raise money for Mast Cell Action, a condition that left her bedbound for a period of time. She is busy writing and is releasing music throughout this year as she sets off on her adventures. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Sunday September 18 (8pm) – WINTER MOUNTAIN and his band

An incredible songwriter with an extraordinarily soulful voice, Cornwall-born Winter Mountain – aka Joe Francis – has released two critically-acclaimed albums and toured the world.
He was a big hit at St Ia Church during the 2021 St Ives September Festival – so this year he is bringing his band as well. Joe’s electrifying gifts as a live performer have earned him support slots for major artists such as Seal, Paolo Nutini, The Waterboys, Gomez, Richard Thompson, Cara Dillon and Seth Lakeman with whom he regularly tours.
Recently he performed a live session on BBC Radio 2 and be featured in Total Guitar Magazine. With new music set for release in 2022 this will be a show not to miss! Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Monday September 19 (7.30pm) – CORNWALL CONCERT ORCHESTRA

Some of Cornwall’s finest classical musicians are heading to St Ives with a wonderful programme of orchestral favourites. It’s a first for our Parish Church having such a large orchestra to accommodate, but this year we’re pulling out all the stops to make it better than ever before!
Formed in July 2008, under the umbrella of the Cornwall County Music Service, the idea was to create an orchestra for Cornish people to dust off their instruments abandoned to the loft, and brush up their long-forgotten musical skills. Ten players attended the first rehearsal and the début performance took place at St Agnes Methodist Church on Mothering Sunday, March 22, 2009. Since then the orchestra has gone from strength to strength, with increasing numbers and a more challenging repertoire. Whilst we still welcoming ‘returning’ players, they are mainly comprised of experienced orchestral musicians, including several music professionals, some of whom are playing their second or third instruments.
Now a full symphony orchestra, they rehearse weekly in Truro and play several concerts a year in venues across Cornwall, programminge music from the core classical/romantic repertoire, as well as more contemporary pieces and popular works.
The Orchestra is a player-run organisation with a professional Music Director, Dr Chris Morgan who was trained at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He lectures in music education at Falmouth University.
The orchestra includes accompanied professional soloists in performances of concertos by Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Dvorak, and in June this year welcomed Madeleine Pickering to perform the Mendelssohn E Minor Violin Concerto. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Tuesday September 20 (7.30pm) – TWIN HARMONY

The voices of twin sisters Jenna and Morwenna Matthews blend to create an utterly enchanting harmony. Born and bred in Penzance, Cornwall, they have been entertaining audiences for almost 20 years both locally and throughout the country.
They have enjoyed being guest artistes for numerous Cornish and Welsh Male Voice Choirs and their annual sell-out concerts with funnyman Johnny Cowling and popular band The Countrymen are always a highlight.
They have used their talents to raise thousands of pounds for charity and have released three CDs.
The experienced duo performs a range of songs, from classic and contemporary to show tunes and Cornish favourites. Their passion for music and Cornwall is evident in their singing. Click her to BOOK TICKETS

Wednesday September 21 (7.30pm) – MOLLY HOCKING with Tom Quirke

The church will be glowing with fairy lights and candles when Molly and her spell-binding voice take centre stage for an intimate gig with pianist Tom Quirke.
Molly, who headlined the opening September Festival show at The Guildhall last year, is a 21-year-old emerging artist on the UK music scene, having already secured No.1 and No.6 singles on the official iTunes music chart. Born in St Ives, Molly shot to prominence when she won ITV’s The Voice in 2019 after auditioning in her local pub at just 17. She has performed at BST Hyde Park, The Roundhouse in London, on The Britannia and supported her Voice mentor Olly Murs at the 02.
Now releasing independently, she built up her catalogue of original songs in 2021 to showcase her songwriting  ability as well as her stunning vocals.
Molly is booked for  a Queen’s Jubilee Weekend appearance at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre with Kevin Simm of Liberty X fame, now frontman of Wet Wet Wet and winner of The Voice in 2017 – two years before Molly whose summer also includes appearances as special guest singer on P&O cruise ship Iona.
Then she “sails home” for the St Ives September Festival. “I’m blown away I finally get to work with Molly,” said St Ia’s Festival organiser Jo Grant. “Since I heard her at Kidz R Us before she made it on The Voice, I imagined her singing in the church as the acoustics are out of this world! Now it’s happening!” Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Thursday September 22 (7pm) – CORNISH ROOTS BIG BAND

Cornish Roots is a 20-piece big band made up from local musicians who love to play big band music.
Having started out in bands such as Helston School Jazz Orchestra and the Cornwall Youth Jazz Orchestra, they share the same passion for music.
Their aim is to help local charities, and provide a top quality band for gigs and functions, playing in any style from themed movie nights and 60s swing evenings to Strictly Come Dancing style parties. Their repertoire includes popular pieces such as Michael Buble’s Everything, James Bond’s Live and Let Die, Grease megamix, Glen Miller’s In The Mood, as well as big band classics from the like of Buddy Rich, Bob Mintzer and Maynard Ferguson. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Friday September 23 (1.15pm) – CHRISTOPHER GREY organist

Christopher Grey, the Truro Cathedral director of music, will play the St Ia Church organ for the second of the Festival Friday lunchtime music sessions.
He has also been Music Director of Three Spires Singers since 2008, having previously conducted St Mary’s Singers, Cornwall Youth Choir, Cornwall Junior Choir, Richard Lander School’s Wilbye Choir and Truro School’s Senior Choir.
Christopher was appointed Assistant Director of Music at the Cathedral in September 2000 when he worked closely with Andrew Nethsingha and then Robert Sharpe. During this time, he appeared as organist with the Cathedral Choir in numerous live broadcasts for BBC radio and television as well as on eight CD recordings. Under his direction, Truro Cathedral Choir recorded its first DVD, featuring the Nine Lessons and Carols service devised for Truro by Bishop Benson in 1880. His recent CD recordings with the choir won praise in the international classical press, with Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’ selections for several. He has directed the choir in recordings with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the City of London Sinfonia and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Donations

Friday September 23 (7pm) – THE HUMMINGBIRDS

The Hummingbirds are a close harmony trio from Devon delivering classic songs from the true vintage decades of the 1940s/50s and the 1920s/30s.
They wowed St Ia Church with their Friday afternoon show at last year’s St Ives September Festival and this year they are returning for an evening performance and bringing their band The Bees as well. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Saturday September 24 (7.30pm) – HELSTON TOWN BAND Last night of the Proms

Get your flags out! Helston Town Band are bringing their Last Night of the Proms back to St Ia Church!
After bringing 2021 September Festival to a rip-roaring close, these festival favourites will return for the final night of this year’s Festival.
This incredible band has a history that spans more than a century and, as well as having solo singers, the band will be pulling out all the stops to make this another night to remember. Some funny momentsare guaranteed as their conductor likes a few jokes! So get your flags at the ready to wave to a fantastic programme that includes Jerusalem, Pomp and Circumstance, Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Bohemian Rhapsody, Floral Dance, Trelawny and loads more Proms classics. Click here to BOOK TICKETS