CYBB and the Cornish Gorsedh Music Shield
The Cornish Gorsedh exists to promote the Celtic History and Culture of Cornwall, and to recognise those individuals and organisations who make a conspicuous contribution to those aims. Each year it invests individuals as Bards to recognise their personal contributions and makes Awards to cultural bodies who have fulfilled those aims in the County. The Cornish Gorsedh Music Shield is one of those Awards.
The Music Shield is magnificent hand crafted Newlyn copper Shield, which has been awarded to the Cornwall Youth Brass Band at the Open Gorsedh four times since the Award was introduced in 1984. Firstly at Perran Round, Perranzabuloe in 1992, then Looe in 2008, in St Austell in 2015 and most recently in 2016. On that occasion, the Music Shield was awarded to the Band for commissioning a major brass band work, The Mermaid of Zennor, from composer Philip Harper to mark the CYBB’s 60th Anniversary.
The first performance of the Mermaid of Zennor, An Vorvoren a Senar in Cornish, was given, under the baton of the composer at our Easter Concert in 2015 in St Michael’s Church, Newquay. Based on the ancient Cornish Legend, the composition was chosen as the Third Section Test Piece for the 2016 Regional Finals of the National Brass Band Championships, and played by nearly 100 Bands around the UK.
The Shield being received by CYBB Vice Chairman Jim Gore from the Grand Bard at the Cornish Gorsedh Awards Concert at St Keverne Church in September 2016.
Shown with the Shield after the presentation at Looe in 2008, are Brian Minear, now Chairman of the Band and Bard, Phillip Hunt, Bard and then Secretary of the Band, and Robert Kitchen, Treasurer of the Band.
Megan Thomas, one of our then Band Representatives, receiving the Shield from the Grand Bard in 2015 in St Austell.