One Grass Valley singer has become an emblem of the Cornish Carol Choir's perseverance. Harold Thomas George could trace his lineage back to the very origins of the Grass Valley Carol Choir, and the early stirrings in the California gold mines. He was a crucial link between the 100 year old miners' choir that had died out and the revival of Cornish choir singing in the 1990s. He attended the fateful meeting in 1967 when the old carolers decided to cease their public performances, and he attended the first practice of the new Cornish Carol Choir called by Eleanor Kenitzer in October 1990. For a number of years he sang with that group and with the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir.
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