The massed choir of the Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs returns to the Hall.
This year 2013, the Federation celebrates its 30th Anniversary with a grand massed choir charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 2 November.
Tickets available here
A massed choir of the Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs is returning to the Royal Albert Hall for the first time since 2000 to present a charity concert in aid of the RNLI, Cornwall Hospice Care and the BBC Radio Cornwall Appeal.
A choir of 650 voices drawn from the 25 member choirs of the Federation and 2 associate member choirs will present a programme of music constructed to reflect the traditions and heritage of male choral singing in the Duchy while mixing popular and well known male voice choir favourites with more modern pieces.
The guest artistes on this occasion will be two outstanding groups of young Cornish musicians. Cornwall Cambiata is a choir for boys whose voices are changing. The choir’s director, Angela Renshaw, is constructing a massed choir to perform at this event from a set of local hub choirs which have been created within Cornish schools. This initiative is at the leading edge of the Cambiata movement in the country. Cornwall Youth Orchestra brings together all the most proficient young orchestral instrumentalists within the county. It has built up a considerable reputation under the direction of Tim Boulton, including working with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Both groups include members with previous experience of performing at the Royal Albert Hall.
The audience need to be prepared to feel the full force of the famous Cornish male voice choir ‘wall of sound’ and the passion that only can be created when several thousands of people with Cornish interests and connections gather together. An added dimension is, of course, that all this happens while raising funds for worthy causes.
- from http://www.magakernow.org.uk/default.aspx?page=5
The following events listing includes opportunities to use, hear and learn Cornish. Some of the events are run primarily to promote Cornish whilst others are more general cultural events which are in some way associated with the language.
5 Yeth an Werin, Royal Standard, Gwinear, 8pm - for further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
8-10 Cornwall Film Festival, Newquay
11-16 Camborne Music Festival, Centenary Chapel, Camborne
13 Yeth an Werin, Wig & Pen, Truro - for further information join www.facebook.com/groups/yawtruru
13-14 St Ives Speech and Drama Festival, The Island Centre, St Ives, with new competitive Cornish language classes. Information from the website http://www.stives.speech-and-drama.org/ or email email@example.com
19 Yeth an Werin, Cornish Arms, St Ives - for further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
20 Yeth an Werin, Coldstreamer, Gulval - for further information contact email@example.com
25 Yeth an Werin, The Blue Anchor, Helston - for further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
26 Yeth an Werin, Bridge Inn, Bridge - for further information contact email@example.com
27 Yeth an Werin, Wig & Pen, Truro - for further information join www.facebook.com/groups/yawtruru
28 Yeth an Werin, New Inn, Mabe - for further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony PIPER, Ex-Police Officer and Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at his home in Camborne on Thursday 17th October 2013, aged 71 years. Funeral arrangements will be in Saturday's edition of the Western Morning News. All enquiries to Funeral Director: L Blewett & Son, Praze. Tel: 01209 831652
The funeral will take place on Wednesday 6th November at 4.00pm at Camborne Crematorium
Redruth Mini Film Festival
Cornwall Film Festival has a great line-up of short film screenings, practical filmmaking workshops and feature films at this special mini film festival event in Redruth, taking place on Saturday 26th October from 11am - 11pm.
Full programme on Saturday 26th October in Redruth:
St Rumon’s Social Club
11am-5pm: WORKSHOP: Practical Shooting Competition: '10 Seconds in 10 Minutes' with James Fulcher (new session every 30 min)
1.45pm: MASTERCLASS: Camera Operating Masterclass with Camera Operator Jamie Harcourt (90 min)
3.45pm: WORKSHOP: Camera and Lighting Drama Workshop with Director of Photography Nick Dance (90 min)
1.40pm: SHORTS: Best of the Fest 2012 (90 min)
3.40pm: SHORTS: Exclusive Preview of Cine Kernow Competition 2013 (95 min)
5.45pm: FEATURE FILM: The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (documentary) + Intro (150 min)
8pm: RECEPTION: free drink + nibbles
9.15pm: FEATURE FILM: Kelly + Victor (fiction) + Director Q&A (110 min)
Day Pass for all workshops and screenings: £12.50 / £10.50 concession
Workshops: £10 / £8 conc
Films: £7.50 / £5.50 conc
For more information about tickets and to book please click here
The Full Programme for Cornwall Film Festival, taking place on the 8th - 10th November at Lighthouse Cinema, Newquay, is now on the Festival website here.
An article in the Guardian maps out the languages other than English based on Census information:
"The map conveys the central points of every small census area known as output areas with each colour denoting the most frequent 'mainly spoken language excluding English' based on data collected by the 2011 Census. Output areas generally represent about 300 people or 125 households.
"What is your main language?" was one of the questions asked by the 2011 Census in England and Wales and the results published by the Office for National Statistic (ONS) earlier this year included data on almost 100 verbally spoken languages with 4.1m people reporting a main language other than English (or Welsh if they lived in Wales).
Minority languages native to the British Isles including variants of Gaelic, Cornish and Welsh (if the survey was not conducted in Wales) are still clinging on to dominance in rural areas across England and Wales."
The Cornish Society of Greater Milwaukee
"MOUSEHOLE MEETS MILWAUKEE: A GATHERING BY THE WATERS"
17TH GATHERING OF THE CORNISH COUSINS
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE CAMPUS MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN,U.S.A.
CALL FOR PRESENTERS
Gathering by the waters of Mousehole or of Milwaukee is symbolic of our shared heritage as Cornish Cousins.
At the 17th Gathering we will celebrate our common interests and the contributions made by our ancestors who ventured around the world.
We hope that you, as a person with special knowledge and interest in the behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, traditions, folklore, and institutions of the Cornish, will consider making a presentation at our 17th Gathering. Small group workshops will be approximately an hour and a quarter long, allowing ample time for questions and discussion. Most groups will be between 10 and 30 people.
Presenters are asked to submit their topic and a description of how the subject expands the Gathering goals. The Planning Committee will review submissions and notify presenters of acceptance.
The Committee is pleased to offer one complimentary registration per presentation. Please note that meals and lodging are a separate expense.
Forms must be received no later than JANUARY 15, 2014.
Can you help the Cornwall VSF to identify current activity in the VCSE sector?
I am writing to ask for your assistance with a research project that Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum (VSF), in partnership with Cornwall Council, have commissioned. The research is intended to support and inform the VCSE Employment and Skills Strategy that is being developed for the sector.
So far the research has involved desktop reviews and initial consultations. The independent researchers are now collecting more detailed information from organisations across the sector. This involves completing an online questionnaire collecting key data regarding current and potential sector activity in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and identifies the employment and skills needs being faced by the sector.
The information and data that is collected will be used to map out the sector across the county and enable the strategy to be targeted on those issues and areas that are identified as being of most importance.
The research work is being conducted in a tight timetable and we would be grateful if you could complete the survey by Friday 25th October."
You can complete the survey online here.
Click on the following link to see how you can help children learn Cornish with the Cornish Language Nursery, Movyans Skolyow Meythrin
The Cornish language is part of the Celtic family of languages with close links to Welsh and Breton and more distant links with Irish, Scottish Gaelic and Manx. Cornish is a revived language that almost disappeared in the 1800’s, but through the efforts of Cornish language revivalists the language has grown in popularity ever since. Even though the numbers of speakers are small, over the last decade interest in Cornish has rapidly expanded and it’s estimated that there are now thousands of people who have some knowledge of the language.
Research shows that if a language is to be successfully revived that it is the very youngest in society that need to learn it. Children absorb and learn languages at an astonishing rate, but learning needs to be systematic and part of their everyday experience and this has been one of the driving forces behind promoting the Cornish language further.
Movyans Skolyow Meythrin(MSM) is a not-for-profit organisation that works to promote the Cornish language among young children and their families. Since 2009 MSM has successfully worked with children to develop the use of the Cornish language both in/outside of the home.
Cornish language speakers and students will now be able to access more than 10,000 words online.
A new digital dictionary, which was officially launched on the European Day of Languages, is fully searchable. MAGA, the Cornish language partnership, said the resource will continue to develop, both in the number of entries and in the information given about each word.
MAGA chairman and Cornwall Council cabinet member for economy and culture, Julian German, said: "Many more people are taking an interest in the Cornish language now and this dictionary is an excellent resource for learners and those interested in finding words in Cornish. The recent resolution from the European Parliament, which emphasised the importance of promoting and protecting smaller languages, was very welcome and we believe that providing resources for learners is an important part of that work."
The dictionary can be found at: cornishdictionary.org.uk
Read more: http://www.thisissomerset.co.uk/Digital-dictionary-delivers-10-000-words-Cornish/story-19900087-detail/story.html#ixzz2hA6wKsxX
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News of a new book :
Author name: Sydney Higgins
Title: Theatre in the Round: The Staging of Cornish Medieval Drama
Publisher: Alldrama through CreateSpaced
Publication Date:15 December 2013
ISBN etc.: Library of Congress Control Number: 2013914625 ISBN-13: 9781484947050 ISBN-10: 1484947053
Price - £12.50
Distribution - through CreateSpace to Amazon, major online & offline bookshops & retailers, public & academic libraries and book resellers.
A brief description of the book:
The important and rich collection of medieval plays from Cornwall has, in the past, been all but ignored by the majority of drama historians and critics. In this book, Sydney Higgins shows why this is a mistaken and ill-informed view. The oldest of the three surviving manuscripts is the Cornish Cycle - performed on three consecutive days - that is probably the earliest surviving British drama script. Next is 'Buenans Meriasek' ('The Life of St. Meriasek') that is the only full-length medieval saint's play to have survived in the literature of Great Britain. The last of the three, 'The Creation of the World' is the first day of another Biblical play. In the manuscript of the Cornish Cycle, there is a plan of the theatre for each of the three days and there are two similar ones in 'St. Meriasek'. Apart from these five, the only other other plan of a British medieval theatre that has survived is of 'The Castle of Perseverance'. Like those for the Cornish plays, it is circular. Among the many important conclusions in the detailed and meticulously researched examination of the staging of the Cornish plays is that the medieval circular theatres are far more likely to have been the inspiration for the circular theatres of Shakespeare's age than the highly unlikely notion that their origin arose from a pageant waggon being parked in a rectangular inn yard.
A brief author biography:
Sydney Higgins was the founder and organizer of the four International European Medieval Drama conferences and festivals that took place in Camerino, Italy, from 1996-1999. He was the editor of the first three volumes of 'European Medieval Drama' published by Brepols. Since 1992, he has taught at the University of Camerino. He is also the founder and director of the theatre company, The Camerino Players, that has presented a wide range of productions including musicals (e.g. 'Cabaret' and the first ever Italian version of 'Sweet Charity'), drama (e.g. 'The Crucible' and 'Krapp’s Last Tape' - in both English and Italian), medieval drama (e.g. the Wakefield/Towneley Cycle) and plays specially written for children (e.g. 'The Clown' and 'Let It Be You'). He has also written the story and libretto of several musicals. For the contribution this made to the cultural life of the city, he was made the Camerino Citizen of the Year for 1999. For all his professional life, he has been involved in the theatre. He has been a teacher of drama, opened a new theatre in Uganda and, prior to moving to Italy, was the Senior Adviser for English and Drama in Suffolk. Both he and his wife are also successful writers. His many publications include the biographies 'Rider Haggard: The Great Storyteller' and 'The Benn Inheritance: The Story of a Radical Family'. His educational books include the best-selling series 'Aspects of English'. He has also ghosted many books, including 'Stroll On' for Tony Booth, 'Piper Alpha: A Survivor’s Story' for Ed Punchard, 'Nicola: A Second Chance to Live' for Nicola Owen, and the 'Pirelli Album of Motor Racing Heroes' for John Surtees. He and his wife, Antoinette, have also written many textbooks and also two guidebooks entitled 'Staying in the Châteaux Hotels of Eastern and Western France'. His special interest, however, has always been medieval drama and he started and maintains the Internet sites, 'Medieval Drama Links' and the 'Bibliography of Cornish Medieval Drama'.
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