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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:
Three Spires Singers is a choir that combines a love of the best-known choral repertoire with the excitement of breaking new ground. We make a unique contribution to the region’s music scene by staging major events, performing with world-class musicians, commissioning new works and organising educational seminars. (From its website)
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The Vienna Boys Choir Concert Truro Cathedral Thursday 20th October 1986   Additional information about this concert can be found in the programme lodged with Kresen Kernow     Further information about the Vienna Boys Choir can be found here: https://www.viennaboyschoir.org/   This is a part of the Cornish National
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1958: The St Endellion Summer Festival was founded when Roger Gaunt, was inspired to invite a group of college friends down to help him renovate St Endellion’s derelict rectory. The festival grew and evolved from a group of friends putting on small-scale concerts and an annual play to include an
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