Carols from the Cornish Diaspora

This momentous free service brings together singers from all over Cornwall to create three unique community choruses that will 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. 

 Kate 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. 

 The singers, led by Hilary Coleman, Emma Mansfield and Matt Thomason, have come from all over Cornwall to form three choirs, who will sing three of carols from each country. Kate Neale will be introducing each section and sharing her discoveries.

The service will also feature readings by Mercedes Kemp and Bert Biscoe, both of whom have written new works for it, and by Mary Woodvine, who will read part of The Rescue by John Harris. The service will be led by the Very Rev’d Roger Bush, Dean of Truro Cathedral, Bert Biscoe, Mercedes Kemp and Mary Woodvine. Simon Parker will read his Lord’s Prayer.

The service starts at 7.30pm, the cathedral will be open from 7 pm. The service is free but donations are welcome.

For information about taking part contact Emma Mansfield at / 07803 176416

This event is supported by Gorsedh Kernow, Federation of Old Cornwall Societies, Truro City Council.