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Defining Cornish Music

Defining Cornish-ness is an age-old challenge – what makes a person (or a piece of music for that matter) Cornish for one person, might not be what makes it Cornish for another. Part of our aim is to represent the breadth and depth of music that is part of Cornish culture, so we’ve carefully considered how wide to cast our net of what to include in an archive of Cornish music. It can be quite the conundrum – consider for example, a piece of music written about Cornwall – but not by a Cornish person? Or, to take the opposite example, written by a Cornish person – but with nothing particularly “Cornish” about the music?

We’ve put our heads together and decided to include music that is, or has been: popular in Cornwall, impactful in Cornwall, written in Cornwall, written about Cornwall, inspired by Cornwall – thus aiming to include individuals, traditions and and compositions that express, reflect and celebrate Cornwall and our distinctive identity.

Most recent articles:
Cornwall has a rich heritage of traditional dance which reflects its social history and industrial geography. The aim of this Cornwall Heritage Trust project is to introduce beginners to these dances. This pack is designed to help teachers engage children with Cornwall’s dancing tradition.
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Community singing, the Cornish “Shout”, is an important and popular part of Cornwall’s cultural heritage. This Cornwall Heritage Trust pack is designed to help teachers engage children with Cornwall’s singing heritage.
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The Stowes Music – Celtic folk group from Padstow
The Stowes Music - About the band and the music
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