Since its launch in 1999,
Cornwall's own orchestra, the Cornish Sinfonia, is beginning to establish
a stronghold within the cultural life of the County.
During its first year alone, the Sinfonia was asked
to perform the winning entries of the Cornwall Young Composers' Competition
at the Hall For Cornwall, accompany the premiere of a new opera by local
composer Russell Pascoe, called Charlotte Dymond, under the baton
of David Frost, and, step in at short notice to take over a concert from
the Bournemouth Sinfonietta as a result of its regrettable demise. This
particular concert was widely hailed as a huge success.
In the summer of 2000, the Cornish Sinfonia forged a collaboration with Macmillan Cancer Relief, performing with the Duchy Opera Chorus, a scintillating
programme of orchestral and choral classics in the imposing grounds of
Pendennis Castle. This was followed in the summer of 2002 with a concert at the Eden Project to a capacity audience.
In 2003 the orchestra began an association with the Duchy Ballet and performed
the premiere of an adaptation of The Mousehole Cat by Ian Hughes,
together with Giselle. The resulting artistic success was also
matched by record audiences at the Hall For Cornwall and the composition
was one of three finalists for stage productions at the British Composers
The following year the orchestra played live to the animated films of Mousehole
Cat & The Story of Arion & The Dolphin with music by the late Ian Hughes The orchestra also received Arts Council support for a commission of Grasshopper Rhymes, which was performed with William Walton’s Façade and featured Jenny Agutter and Peter Skellern as the soloists.
In 2006 they also played in a performance of the award winning
The Armed Man conducted by the composer Karl Jenkins and in December accompanied the soprano Katherine Jenkins in a concert in Plymouth.
In 2005 we began a collaboration with the Duchy Opera in their production of The Masked Ball, followed by The Wreckers and
In November last year we played at the Hall For Cornwall in their 10th Anniversary Gala Concert, where
we accompanied artists such as
Alan Opie, Suzanne Manuell and Cherie Lunghi.
Right: The Mahler concert poster from January 2007 which featured the world premiere of Richard Pascoe's "Yseult of the White Hands"