Distant Cousins: Cornish carols in the Diaspora – online talk

09 Dec 2021
Time: 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Join Dr Kate Neale for this free online talk and discover more about how Cornish carols travelled with migrating miners to the Copper Triangle in South Australia and Grass Valley in California – and what happened when they got there.

Christmas carols and carolling traditions were hugely popular in Cornwall during the 19th century, and new branches of this tradition took root in new places across the world when they were taken with migrating Cornish miners to the colonies and ‘new’ worlds. In Australia, we’ll explore some of the composers, choirs and groups that performed the carols. In America, we’ll look at some of the different books and printed music and see how the Grass Valley Carol Choir’s famous radio performances placed the Cornish at the heart of America’s gold rush. These carols were a key part of Christmas in these communities – and they continue to be celebrated as part of each area’s local heritage today.

The talk will be delivered on Zoom and joining information will be emailed through on the morning of the talk. Book your free place via Eventbrite. 

Cover of a printed book called Cornish Carols