‘Brings high quality live music to the centre of Penzance between the months of October and April. Founded by viola player Tim Boulton, our aim has been to offer people in West Cornwall a series of concerts given by internationally touring musicians – the quality of concerts you might expect at London’s Wigmore Hall or other top chamber music venues – but at Penzance prices ... Concerts Penzance is family friendly, run by a team of local volunteers that includes several members of Penzance Youth String Orchestra – visiting musicians often comment of the number of young people in the audience compared to other venues. Offering audiences that bit more has been a strong feature of the concerts with musicians often introducing the music they perform and engaging directly with the audience through their music making ...’


'The International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove is one of the premier short course seminars in the world. It offers musicians from all over the world the opportunity to participate in seminars which are unique in both their approach and environment. They attract maestri of world standing who encourage traditional values of musicianship and develop the artistic potential of tomorrow’s leading musicians ...  IMS Prussia Cove gives 16 public concerts a year in different churches throughout west Cornwall, arranges an annual autumn tour around the UK which culminates at the Wigmore Hall in London, and puts on various fundraising concerts and events throughtout the year at different venues around the country.’


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'Most evenings are "round the room" sessions where everyone has an opportunity to sing, play a tune or tell a story (there is no obligation to perform and audience are equally welcome). We come from a background of traditional music, but most evenings have a welcome mix of music and song, often including contemporary song, American old timey, old music hall songs, blues and occasional items of classic pop! As one might expect, there is an emphasis on Cornish tunes, and most of the tunes come with an invitation to all musicians to join in.'


'Formed early in 1997 in an attempt to resurrect the singing traditions of the area in the local pubs around St Just and West Cornwall, and to raise funds for local charities. Our distinctive sound was formerly familiar in impromptu sessions throughout the town, especially during the St Just Feast celebrations, but had declined in recent years due mainly to the demise of the local tin mines ... The release of four CD’s, brief television appearances and local radio exposure have kept Cape Cornwall Singers in the public eye ... Cape Cornwall Singers are ordinary people, with ordinary lives, who sing with passion of the enduring traditions and extraordinary beauty of our homeland ... We are always seeking new members, no experience necessary, males over 18 (because we are pub singers).'


‘We are a mixed-voice choir, singing a wide variety of mainly classical repertoire from all eras, and in different languages. We do not hold auditions, and welcome new potential members to come and try us out for a few weeks before committing to join us. We provide rehearsal files (CDs and/or mp3 files) at a small cost for those who find them helpful for learning new repertoire. Our year consists of two terms each about 18 weeks long, culminating in twice yearly concerts usually in Jan/Feb, and June/July.’

Helston Town Band has an extremely rich heritage, which can be traced back to the turn of the century; indeed, alongside the younger musicians, there are members of the current band whose family connections extend back four generations ... It will always be for their association with Helston’s world- famous Flora Day, when band members lead the dancers through the streets, shops and houses of the town, for which the Town Band is best known. In addition to Flora Day, the Band undertake numerous civic functions and engagements and perform regularly at concerts throughout the county ... Helston Town Band has, in one form or another, had a “training” group for many years ... and the Concert Band now incorporates younger players who have moved up from the beginners group, players who do not want the full time commitment of contest banding and also players returning from retirement.’


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Formed 2001: ‘A mixed voice choir of about 35 voices ... The choir has built up an eclectic repertoire with serious and humorous, religious and secular pieces. It includes short classical pieces, traditional songs from various countries, songs from musicals, pop songs and challenging and beautiful modern pieces ... There are no auditions. Reading music is an advantage but certainly not a requirement ... Just come to a rehearsal, introduce yourself and listen or join in’.

Mousehole Male Voice Choir is the second oldest Male Choir in Cornwall. It was formed in the autumn of 1909 by a small group of men and boys. They obtained the use of an old net loft in Mousehole, for a practice room with the purpose of learning carols to sing during the Christmas season. During its long and impressive history the Choir has grown from strength to strength and is well known internationally ... The choir now has a membership of over 85 singers - the most in its long successful history.’


'For a while we have been thinking that our name - Penzance Amateur Operatic Society - does not give the correct idea of what we actually are nowadays. Those two words "Amateur" and "Operatic" may unfortunately even put people off. The name has been fine for many years, but the time is right for a change - so from now on we are going to be Penzance Musical Theatre Company. We do hope you also think this is better for our times, and will be glad of the decision ... We put on at least one big show a year, offering a wide variety of performance and production opportunities to our members. If you are interested in being involved with us, please get in touch ...'


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‘Established in 1906, just a few miles from Lands End, we are an amateur symphony orchestra. We believe that we are the most southerly and the most westerly orchestra on the UK mainland! ... Weekly rehearsals and two annual concerts with professional (but usually student) soloists provide classical music playing opportunities for our members who include many pensioners and schoolchildren. Playing days are organised from time to time to allow 50-60 local younger and inexperienced schoolchildren to experience orchestral playing.‘


‘We are a very forward looking choir of over Fifty voices, singing a wide range of music from modern to more classic pieces ... Since its formation in 1953, the choir has taken part in many music festivals on home ground and further afield, including Blackpool, Cheltenham, Llangollen and Malta ... We welcome any ladies who would like to come and join us ... We practice every Wednesday evening ... Call in and have a listen, we welcome visitors.‘

‘The loan of Hall for Cornwall’s grand piano to St Mary’s Church, Penzance has caused an explosion of musical activity in West Cornwall, creating fantastic new opportunities to experience the very best in live music in this exceptional building – in the heart of the beautiful seaside town of Penzance. Our programme includes a variety of reasonably priced concerts, with quality, youth and community taking centre stage ... Traditional church music is very important here. The present grand organ comes from the university church in Oxford and is now undergoing major renovation. The church is in constant use by musicians, artists, schools. We play host to a wide range of musical events throughout the year. A SPARK worker ( Spirituality and Arts ) helps to organise events to help us think about God through the creative arts.’


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