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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:
James Prowse was a stonemason and is believed to have been born in 1838 in the Mount Hawke area
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Ring the Bells (The St Agnes Carol) By John Martin Rogers of St Agnes (1862-1911)     A tribute written to John Martin Rogers by the late Ruth Jennings of St Agnes: Composer of Ring the Bells (referred to as the St Agnes Carol) Ring the Bells was composed by
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      “Hi Tony, Going through my old choir music, I have found a setting of a hymn tune called Lanner. It was composed by E J Williams for the Lanner Home Guard Choir by its founder and first Conductor. This must have been E J W senior. The
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