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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:
Hugh Camps
Hugh Camps will, no doubt, be remembered by many current players as a member of St Dennis Silver Band and as a conductor with Bugle Silver and other bands including the Cornwall Youth Brass Band. His tenures at Bugle Silver was from 1964 to 1977 and from 1980 to 1982
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Jonathan Lush-Camps LRSM was born in 1962 near Coombe into a musical family. His mother, Jean, was known as a fine mezzo-soprano singer, whilst his father, Hugh, will be remembered by many as a competitor at Bugle as both a player and conductor with St Dennis and Bugle Silver Bands. After
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Restormel Youth Band certainly existed in 2001 as we know that it entered and subsequently withdrew from the Junior Section of the SWBBA Contest in November of that year. Jane Whitehead was listed as its conductor.   Any information, and photographs, would be appreciated.       Compiled by Tony
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