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Cornish Carols 2019

It feels as if there is a wonderful renewed energy for the singing of these carols this year, with workshops being held in Penzance, St Ives and Redruth to teach the carols as well as many other places such as Falmouth, Padstow and Troon continuing with their traditions. I’m delighted to say that the Red River Singers have also recorded a CD of these carols too called Arise & Sing!’

Arise & Sing CD 2019
Arise & Sing – Cornish Carols by the Red River Singers

Authors, singers and researchers, Sally Burley and Hilary Coleman have for many years been actively involved in this carolling tradition, and during 2016 they travelled around Cornwall, recording stories, memories and local versions of carols. ‘Hark! The Glad Sound of Cornish Carols’ was published in November 2017 and immediately sold extremely well virtually selling out within a month! The good news is that a reprint has been done for this carolling season. In 2018 it was universally acclaimed as the winner of the Federation of Old Cornwall Society’s Holyer an Gof Cup and gained national recognition when the Folklore Society of Great Britain placed it third in their Katharine Briggs Award.

Partly funded by the Cornish Heritage Trust, The Federation of Old Cornwall Societies and the Red River Singers, the book is accompanied by 2 CDs of recordings and contains 32 carols with associated history and photos.

 “We hope the book will continue to raise awareness of our wonderful carols and will preserve this heritage as well as increasing knowledge of Cornish history through the background of the carols and the local stories” said Sally Burley.

Hilary and Sally were delighted when they received the following message from Bert Biscoe after he had read a copy of Hark and shared it with others: ‘due to your book, my mother-in- law has been wandering in her mind around Towednack seventy five years ago singing with the band; Peggy Gill, who is organist at Leekseed, is remembering carolling in Delabole and St Teath; and so on – you have not simply published a book, you have ignited a joyous recollection and renewal! When grandmothers enthuse their grandchildren to sing carols from their villages then you know you’ve created something special’.

Copies of the book are available at Waterstones’ in Truro, The Cornish Store in Falmouth, Trevada in Camborne and Edge of the World Bookshop in Penzance. Or you can order online at www.francisboutle.co.uk

This year watch out for the Red River Singers and also the Redruth Carol Choir at the following events

Sunday 1st December & Sunday 5th January– 8pm Countryman Inn, Piece, TR16 6SG

Saturday 7th – 12 – 2pm.Carols, Godolphin House, TR13 9RE

Sunday 8th – 4.30pm. Carol singing, Albany Road/Victoria Park, Redruth TR15 2JB

Wednesday 11th – 7.30. Perranzabuloe OCS. Perranporth War Memorial Hall, TR6 0EY.

Thursday 12th – 7.30pm. Merritt Carol Concert. St Agnes Methodist Church, TR5 0UA.

Saturday 14th – 7.30pm. Camborne Carol Concert, Liberal Hall, TR15 8AS

Sunday 15th – 4.30pm. Carol Singing, Plain an Gwarry area, Redruth TR15 1HU

Friday 20th – 6.30pm. Carol Concert. Trevenson Church, Pool, TR15 3PT.

Saturday 21st – 7pm. Diaspora Carol concert. St Just Miners’ Chapel TR19 7LT.

Sunday 22nd – 4.30pm. West End/Trewirgie area, Redruth, TR15 3AD.

Sunday 29th – 3pm. A service of nine lessons in Kernewek (Cornish), St Euny Church, Redruth, TR15 3BT.

Carol Choir 2018
Redruth Carol Choir 2018

Carolling around Redruth 2018

There are plenty of other places that Cornish Carolling will be happening from East to West this winter but here are the dates of not only the carolling around the Redruth area but also a couple of talks which Sally and Hilary will be giving about their book Hark! The Glad Sound of Cornish Carols.

November

Saturday 24th – 6:00pm at the Town Clock. Redruth Wassail.

December

Sunday 2nd – 4:30pm, Redruth Carol Choir visits Flowerpot Chapel, Higher Fore Street area.

Sunday 2nd – 8pm. First & Last Carols. Countryman Inn, Piece, Redruth, TR16 6SG.

Tuesday 4th – 7pm. Carols with the Red Rivers at Waterstones Bookshop, Truro

Wednesday 5th – 7.30pm, Hark! Talk for Padstow Old Cornwall Society. Social Club, Padstow

Saturday 8th – 6.30pm. Carol Concert with the Red River Singers, Coer Heb Hanow & Tereba Nessa, Liberal Club, Camborne

Sunday 9th – 4:30pm, Redruth Carol Choir visits Plain an Gwarry area.

Wednesday 12th – 3.30pm. Gwinear Church Tree Festival with the Red River Singers,  followed by tea in the church. Gwinear Church, TR27 5JZ

Thursday 13th – 7.30pm. Carol Concert with the Red River Singers, St Agnes Methodist Church, 30 British Road, St Agnes TR5 0UA.

Friday 14th – 4pmCarols with the Redruth Carol Choir at the Old Fashioned Christmas in the Butter Market, Redruth

8pm – Carols with the Red River Singers, Plume of Feathers, Fore Street, Pool, Redruth TR15 3PF. Contact number for venue: 01209 713513.

Sunday 16th – 4:30pm, Redruth Carol Choir visits Albany Rd, Treruffe Hill area (followed by Baptist Church Carol Concert – all welcome)

Wednesday 19th – 1-2pm. Hark! talk. Truro Museum, 25 River Street, Truro, TR1 2SJ.

Thursday 20th – Evening. Diaspora Carols, Truro Cathedral, 14 St Mary’s Street, Truro, TR1 2AF. Including the Redruth Carol Choir, http://www.trurocathedral.org.uk/whats-on/carols-from-the-cornish-diaspora

Friday 21st – 6.30pm. Carol Concert with the Red River Singers, Trevenson Church, Church Road, Pool, Redruth TR15 3PT.

Sunday 23rd – 4:30pm, Redruth Carol Choir visits Trewirgie, West End area
January

Saturday 5th – 3pm onwards, Degol Stul (12th Night Feast), Red Rivers singing around 6pm, Grampound Village Hall

Sunday 6th – 8pm, First & Last Carols. Countryman Inn, Piece, Redruth, TR16 6SG.

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