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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:
The Redruth Amateur Operatic Society has been delighting audiences for many years and its productions have always been a firm fixture in the diary. The Society has a long history and there is more about it to be added. Meanwhile, if you can any information, photographs or programmes that will
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Six young Penzance men: Walter Barnes, E A Gordon Rogers, George H. Shakerley, Alfred W Robinson, Barrie B Bennetts and Osbert Howarth, formed themselves into a musical ensemble called The Clefs. 1906: The six members of Clefs formed the Penzance Amateur Orchestra. 1906: Walter Barnes, Musical Director. 7th April 1907:
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Bolingey Furry danced by Tan Ha Dowr for COrnwall Heritage Trust’s COrnish DAnce in Schools project. Bolingey is a small village on the outskirts of Perranporth. This furry dance was written in 1994 by Laura White, one of the group members, to commemorate the village and its annual fair. The
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