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16th to 21st March 2020

Truro Methodist Church

Cornwall Music Festival - cancellation

It is with great sadness that we announce that the organising committee have decided to cancel the 2020 Cornwall Music Festival. Although there is no directive to cancel, we feel that in the current climate of concern regarding the spread of the Coronavirus epidemic we wish to do all that we can to protect the people in our community.

This decision has not been taken lightly and the cancellation will be financially costly to our organisation, but the preservation of the health and wellbeing of our participants and of our helpers is paramount.

All entrants will be informed individually by email and details of the refunding of entry fees will be given when we are in a position to do so, this may take a little time as we have obviously not been in this situation before. We will be in touch with all our suppliers and relevant organisations in due course to discuss the ramifications of the cancellation.


The first Cornwall Music Festival was held in May 1910 and organised by Lady Mary Trefusis.  It is a competitive festival for people of all ages and abilities.   Since then the Festival has grown to include all types of music, vocal and instrumental, as well as verse speaking in English and Cornish.
The 2020 festival will run from 16th to the 21st March 2020.  When available the syllabus for the festival will be published here.
The adjudicators for 2020 will be
Benjamin Costello MA PGDip BMus FRSA
Elizabeth Hayley FRSA GRSM (Hons) LRAM LGSMD LTCL
Jonathan Owen
Paul Philips
Cornwall Music Festival provides a platform for many talented amateur musicians and verse speakers of all ages and abilities. It gives the stimulus of preparing for a public occasion and an opportunity to listen and learn from the performances of others.
As important is the constructive criticism, help and advice given by experienced adjudicators, which helps the competitors improve their respective skills.
The Festival is held in March each year.  In Festival week classes run from 9.30am to 9.30pm, with morning, afternoon and evening sessions.
The Festival is run entirely on a voluntary basis and depends on the generous financial support of all our Friends, Subscribers and Donors. In order to safeguard our future and help us to plan ahead with confidence, we invite you to support us using the Support Us button below.
The Festival takes place in Truro Methodist Church in Union Place,  just along from Truro Library and Pydar Street.

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A gala concert takes place at the end of the week, on the Saturday at 7pm, celebrating the highlights of the week’s performances.
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