“I am not convinced that an outdoor camp and serious music-making go well together”. So wrote Dr Denis Wright to the Chairman of the Cornwall Youth Brass Band, Reg Trudgian, after their first residential course in 1959... (Read More)
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....(Read More)
The Cornwall County Youth Brass Band was formed in 1955 and for the first four years it was divided into two groups: the seniors, led mainly by Fred Roberts of Camborne, and the training group led by Frank Moore of St Agnes. These two men were significant in getting the organisation off the ground...... (Read More)
The Mozart of the Brass Band Movement was how Dr Roy Newsome described Eric Ball, the highly regarded Composer, Adjudicator and Conductor ...... (Read More)
"Happy but not idyllic - there's nothing idyllic about writing music and bringing up a family".
That was how Malcolm Arnold described the years between 1965 and 1972 when with his second wife Isobel he lived at St Merryn in Cornwall... (Read More)
"I think the march has clarity and energy and is a far higher quality than is usually found in brass band music. The scoring is excellent, you obviously have a special gift."
So wrote Malcolm Arnold to a young Godfrey Richards who had had the temerity... (Read More)
I first met David at a Christmas Concert I was introducing, where he was conducting the St Austell and Mount Charles Bands at Redruth. The first thing he said to me was that I had been pronouncing his name incorrectly on my brass band radio programme and that he hoped I would get it right during the Concert...... (Read More)