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Including the Spoken Word

12 to 17 March 2018

Truro Methodist Church



Richard HaslamRichard Haslam studied at Sussex University for a degree in Education, specialising in Music, and also at the Royal College of Music, where he gained a Diploma in Pianoforte Teaching and a Distinction in Grade 8 singing. Richard was Director of Music at Burgess Hill School for Girls for nearly thirty years, where he taught to A level, as well as running a variety of extra-curricular activities including chamber groups, choirs and orchestras; he has recently retired. Richard teaches piano and singing to Diploma standard. He is a Moderator for GCSE Music, an examiner for A Level Music, an adjudicator for the British Federation of Festivals, and has been a Mentor for Music for Youth. Richard also examines for the ABRSM, and has completed a number of overseas tours.
He is an experienced accompanist, conductor and singer, and works with a number of different groups in the community, including choral and operatic societies. He runs his own choir – “Cantemus” – who have raised over £300,000 for charity in the last twelve years, and also enjoys singing first tenor in the Brighton Chamber Choir.
Richard is looking forward to coming to the Cornwall Music Festival in 2018.


Caroline Diffley was born in Yorkshire, and studied piano at the Royal College of Music. She taught at the Kent Music School in Canterbury and at the Dragon School in Oxford before moving to the West Country. She taught piano at Wells Cathedral School for many years, working with both specialist and generalist students there.
Caroline now lives and works in Exeter, where she runs a private piano teaching practice. Her pupils have achieved many successes, including being awarded the ABRSM Gold Medal, and the Sheila Mossman Memorial Prize for the highest mark in local examinations.
Caroline is an ABRSM examiner of both grade exams and diplomas, and she has examined all over the world. She is also a moderator for Music Medals, and is a busy adjudicator at music festivals. 



Rebecca ThompsonHaving read Drama and English at Bristol University, Rebecca worked for BBC Radio Four’s Drama Department. Alongside further journalism and corporate work, Rebecca studied for her Lamda Teacher’s Diploma and has been teaching Speech and Drama privately and in schools for over 20 years. Additionally a voice and presentation skills coach, she teaches in private and state schools, colleges and businesses and is a facilitator for Speaking and Listening Courses in the South Gloucestershire region. Rebecca has been actively involved in theatre in the South West, and is an Adjudicator for the Rose Bowl Awards for Amateur Drama and Music.
Rebecca is passionate about helping children and young people develop communication skills, and recognises that festivals are an excellent way of facilitating this. She is delighted to be adjudicating at the Cornwall Music Festival for the first time.


Jan yw kernewegores freth wosa dalleth yn klass Lyskerrys yn 1999. Hi a sewenas yn Apposyans 4a gradh yn 2004 hag a dheuth ha bos Bardhes Gorsedh Kernow y’n keth bledhen. Hi a wra dyski Kernewek dhe bagasow yn Lostwithiel, Essa ha Kelliwik, hag yw esel bagas treylyans Keskowethyans an Taves Kernewek.
Wosa studhya yn Pow Frynk, hi a oberi yn Marhasans ha Gwerthow, ow kul devnyth a’y yethow dre bareusi labelyow diwyethek rag Mary Quant Cosmetics ha dre dreylya. Seweni a wrug yn Testskrif yn Adhyskans dhe Gollji Kernow yn 2008 ha lemmyn studhyores yw gans an Bennskol Igor, le may sewenas y’n steus Kembrek rag Dallethoryon.
Jan is a fluent Cornish speaker, having studied in the Liskeard class. She passed the 4th Grade Exam in 2004 and became a Bard in the same year. She teaches Cornish in Lostwithiel, Saltash and Callington and is a member of the Cornish Language Partnership’s translators’ group.
After studying in France, she worked in Marketing and Sales, using her languages in developing bilingual labelling for Mary Quant Cosmetics and through translating. She passed the Certificate in Education at Cornwall College in 2008, and is currently a student with the Open University, where she has studied the Welsh for Beginners module.


Paul was born at Leedstown near Hayle in 1937, from where he attended Helston Grammar School (hating every minute of it!) He left school at the age of sixteen and, following his ambition to be a policeman, joined the Metropolitan Police Cadet Force. He served at a number of East-End stations until his nineteenth birthday when he became a real policeman! It was here in London and in court that he met his lovely, half-Cornish wife Freda, whose mother came from Sennen. He remained in the Police Force until 1967 when, together with his wife and family, he returned to his roots and bought a small hotel in Porthleven. There he also pursued a career as a driving instructor, teaching no fewer than a thousand people. After that Paul’s career took many a turn and he eventually set up a firm of water engineers. This has been a real success story as today it employs 10 people.
Paul has retired several times but has never actually stopped work until 2014 and continues to be a full time carer for his wife, but even this doesn’t stop him pursuing a number of pastimes, including oil painting, and he is The Federation of Cornwall Old Cornwall Societies Dialect Recorder.
Paul considers himself privileged to have been born at a time when dialect was spoken quite commonly in daily conversations and chat. This form of self expression has always fascinated him and he makes a keen study of it today.