From the local press:
MONDAY 10th March sees the start of the week-long annual Cornwall Music Festival in Truro Methodist Church.
The event brings together children and adults of all ages from across the county, competing in classes ranging from solo guitar to brass band, choral singing, string quartet, folk song, operatic aria and improvised jazz piano.
The festival also features the spoken word with classes in verse speaking, Cornish language and dialect, public speaking and poetry writing.
The event has steadily grown year on year and this year nearly 950 entrants are taking part in a total of 175 different classes, taking place morning, afternoon and evening across six days.
Every year there are young performers who show an astonishing talent and many of them go on to become professional musicians and sometimes household names (Ben Luxon and Sir David Willcox both had their roots in the Cornwall Music Festival).
The doors of the church are open throughout the week and for the price of a cup of tea, shoppers can wander in and have the chance to hear a stunning piano recital, a child bringing the house down with a rendition of a funny poem, or a young instrumentalist destined for a starry future.
Tickets are available on the door (£3 for a morning, afternoon or evening, £5 for a whole day or £20 for the week).
The culmination of the festival is the Gala Concert which takes place in the Methodist Church at 7.30pm on Saturday. Open to all.
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