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Performance To Celebrate Decade of Cornish National Minority Status

Two singing collectives and the Cornwall Concert Orchestra will take to the stage in Wesley Church, Redruth, to commemorate 10-years of Cornwall’s national minority status on Saturday 27 April, 7pm.

The event will be a historic performance showcasing the Cornish language as an ancient source of Cornwall’s culture. Singers, songwriters, a poet and Cornish speakers have teamed up to create an evening to remember.

The Treylva Collective, 9 people with a passion for Cornish people, music and language and the Breselor Ensemble, who are reviving Cornish classical music, will play alongside the Cornwall Concert Orchestra making use of the outstanding acoustics in the 19th century built Weslyan church.

Ben Sutcliffe is a member of The Treylva Collective and the Breselor Ensemble and has been organising the event for a long time. Ben said: “The creativity and Cornish-ness in the pieces of work we plan to share is incredible. Combining the Cornish language in all its intricacies with the talent of local musicians, singers and songwriters will create a magical event which we think will become a little piece of Cornish history.”

The event has been born out of a residency between St Endelienta Arts and Lowender which took place in 2023 placing musicians and Cornish language speakers together to create work featuring the Cornish language. The Treylva Collective was another outcome of the successful partnership.

Jowdy Davey, Trustee of Lowender which is an organisation supporting the event at Wesley Church, said: “To celebrate 10 years of Cornish National Minority Status with this event is going to be very special. Giving people the opportunity to engage in our culture in this way means people can hear Cornish voices, our native language and Cornwall’s historic classical music. I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate the anniversary!”

Tickets are on sale now for the event which is taking place on Saturday 27 April, the same week as the 10 year anniversary of Cornwall’s National Minority Status.

The UK Government recognised the Cornish as a national minority on 24 April, 2014. This affords Cornish people the same status as the Scots, Welsh and the Irish. This status allows Cornwall the right to express, preserve, and share our special identity and culture.

This event is being supported by Endelienta Arts and Lowender CIO, and funded by Cornwall Council.

Tickets are available here:

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