Choirs of all kinds hold a deeply important position in music in Cornwall. Whether formally organised with rehearsals and performances, or simply a group of people getting together to sing, voices raised in song are a huge feature in the musical landscape of Cornwall.
Perhaps most obviously, the male voice movement is particularly associated with Cornwall, with a large number of choirs touring and releasing music – and the Cornwall International Male Voice Choir Festival hosting a diverse range of choirs from around the world.
Churches and chapels were historically, and continue to be, obvious hubs for community singing, but there are many non-religious groups and settings involve group singing – for example, in pub shouts, sports clubs and teams (think of all the rowing clubs!), community groups, workplace choirs – and, in these COVID-19 restricted times, the Kernow Bedroom Choir has popped up bringing people together virtually and in song in the midst of social distancing and isolation.
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