Carols from the Cornish Diaspora

This momentous service will bring together singers from all over Cornwall, joining a unique community chorus to perform Carols from the Cornish Diaspora. Funded by FEAST, Arts Council England and Cornwall Music Education Hub, and supported by The Federation of Old Cornwall Societies and Truro City Council, this project was inspired by the research of ethnomusicologist Kate Neale. As part of her PhD, Kate travelled to Cornish communities in the USA and Australia in search of carols which emigrating Cornish people took with them as they departed in search of work, fortune and spiritual freedom during the second half of the nineteenth century. She has collected a library of carols from families, archives, libraries and chapels. At this special Christmas cathedral service the Diaspora Carols return to their homeland and will be sung by singers from all over Cornwall. 

How to be part of this unique choir:

The team are currently inviting singers from all over Cornwall to get in touch if they would like to be part of this special service which will, for a moment, bring together people with an attachment to Cornwall from all over the World. Singers will be working with community arts animateur, Emma Mansfield, Giles Wooley and Matt Thomas from Sing Truro and Falmouth and choir leader and Cornish music expert, Hilary Coleman. 

  • West Cornwall rehearsals will take place on Sundays from 21st October to 25th November at 3pm to 5pm at Redruth Memorial Hall, TR15 2EG. Hilary Coleman will be leading theses sessions.
  • Mid Cornwall rehearsals will take place on Saturdays, 24th November, 1st and 15th December 2pm to 4pm at The Old Cathedral School, at the back of Truro Cathedral. Emma Mansfield and Giles Wooley and Matt Thomas, from Sing Truro and Falmouth will be leading these sessions.
  • East Cornwall rehearsals will take place on Sundays 25th November, 2nd and 16th December from 2pm to 4pm in Lostwithiel’s Church Rooms, Church Lane, Lostwithiel. Emma Mansfield will be leading these sessions

Those who would like to take part will be asked to pay a £10 joining fee, which goes towards the costs of reproducing the sheet music and practise audio recordings, which will be available on Soundcloud, Dropbox and as an audio CD.

For information about taking part contact Emma Mansfield at lovelypublications@gmail.com / 07803 176416