Musical Societies, Groups & Bands
A large percentage of the Lockdown Cornwall community are involved with musical organisations throughout Cornwall. During lockdown these groups have had to be suspended. Lockdown Cornwall provided a great alternative for many of us that were missing our weekly rehearsals.
Once things start getting back to normal, I am sure all these groups would love to welcome some new members from the fantastic community we have built together, once this mayhem is over!
If you would like to join any of them, the contact details can be found at the bottom of each group information.
We would also love you to get in touch, if you would like them to play for any upcoming event. They would love to do what they do best, and entertain you and your guests!
Redruth Amateur Operatic Society Trust (R.A.O.S.T)
At Redruth Amateur Operatic Society Trust (RAOST), we pride ourselves on our ability to present productions to the highest possible standard that we can. We regularly perform at The Regal Theatre in Redruth and bi-annually at The Minack Theatre.
As well as staging musicals, plays and concerts, we also offer a thriving mixed-voice choir (The RAOST Singers) as well as a flourishing youth group, RAOSTys. We are a registered charity and also members of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA).
After our most recent successes of Priscilla, Jesus Christ Superstar (recipient of the 2018 Minack trophy for Show of the Season) and West Side Story, we are looking forward to staging Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Kinky Boots, Elf the Musical and The Wizard of Oz over the next two years.
If you are interested in becoming a member of our society, please contact us through our Facebook pages.
Redruth Amateur Musical & Pantomime Society (RAMPS)
RAMPS is an amateur theatre company who prides itself on putting on professional shows. Probably best known for the Pantomimes which have delighted audiences both in Redruth and Penzance for nearly 20 years! The company is made of a number of like minded people who enjoy performing, purely for the love of it.
The success is largely down to our professional but friendly and fun loving attitude to theatre. We have an open door policy and everyone is welcome to get involved whether it be on or off stage.
If you are interested in getting involved then we would love to hear from you. We are always looking for new members to add to our ranks. We are particularly looking for people that can assist with costumes, set building and other backstage roles. If you are interested then please feel free to contact us.
Helston Theatre Company
Helston Theatre Company is based in Helston, on the southern tip of Cornwall. The group has around 100 members and put on productions that meet the standard of much larger companies in the area. Most productions are staged in the Epworth Hall, with occasional tours to other venues in the county. They produce musicals, plays and pantomimes every year.
HTC is part of both the Cornwall Drama Association, and the National Operatic & Dramatic Association, the company have also taken part in the All England One Act Play Festival.
Helston Theatre Company are always looking for new members to join us so do get in touch.
The Saxy Maids, Cornwalls all female saxophone quartet, were established in 2003 and have enjoyed playing many venues and occasions over the years. Our current line up has performed together for the past three years, although we have played together for many years in various bands, ensembles and local drama societies.
Our repertoire consists of a wide range of genres from jazz to classical and pop to funk.
The quartet have performed at the St Ives September Festival, Roselidden, the Jubilee Pool and have guested for various choirs across the county including the Symphony Chorus Christmas concert. One of our more interesting performances was parading through the streets of St Ives for a local wedding.
The Nighthawks are a Big Band specialising in swing Latin and strict tempo dance styles. Professional 19 piece Dance band with both male & female vocalists featuring the classic big band line up of 5 Saxes, 4 Trumpets, 4 Trombones and 4 rhythm.
St Austell Amateur Operatic Society
St Austell AOS is a local amateur operatic and dramatic society formed in 1916 who have presented a new musical production almost every year since. Productions take place in St Austell every April, currently at the Keay Theatre.
The society has won numerous awards for their previous productions, including Best Comedy for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (NODA 2018), Haselmere Award for Visual Excellence, (NODA 2019) Best Ensemble, Best Director and Best Musical (Cornwall Drama Association 2019) for The Addams Family Musical.
Since its debut in 1977, Duchy Opera has built up a reputation as one of the finest regional semi-professional opera companies in the UK, committed to staging exciting, inventive opera, as well as concerts in village halls or country houses. Duchy Opera uses Cornwall-based performers, musicians, designers & technicians wherever possible, actively seeking out young, emerging talent and encouraging innovation and creativity.
We create a diverse range of productions, both traditional and contemporary, achieving high standards of performance.
This ladies’ choir was formed in 1970 in response to demand from employees of what was then the English China Clay Company. Initially known as the John Keay House Ladies Choir, it grew in numbers and excellence, becoming the ECC Ladies Choir and winning many prestigious prizes in local and national festivals. When the company became part of the Imerys Group, the choir changed its name and adopted a wider and lighter range of music.
The Singers perform as requested by any organisation seeking to raise funds and also at weddings and other occasions. Every Christmas it performs for its own charity, Cornwall Hospice Care. The members also enjoy a weekend away each year to perform outside of Cornwall.
The choir rehearses on Monday evenings at Carclaze and always welcomes new members so please contact us via our website or Facebook page.
Cornish Roots is a 20 piece big band ,made up of local musicians that share a passion for great music. Many having started out in local bands such as Helston School Jazz Orchestra and the Cornwall Youth Jazz orchestra.
Our aim is to help local charities, and provide a top quality band for gigs and functions. We can play in any style from themed movie nights and 60’s swing evenings to strictly come dancing style parties.
Our repertoire includes popular pieces such as Michael Buble Everything, James Bond Live and Let Die, Grease megamix, Glen Miller’s In the mood, as well as big band classics from the likes of Buddy Rich, Bob Mintzer and Maynard Ferguson.
The band have performed at the St Ives September festival, Porthleven Food Festival and we play annually for Helston Christmas lights switch on. We have played for various charity events Including a James Bond theme night and raising funds for Helston’s theatre at the Epworth hall.
St Pinnock Brass Band
The St. Pinnock Band are a voluntary organisation with approximately 30 members, from across Cornwall. The band members range from 9 years old to 70 something, and our President David Tamblin has been a playing member for 58 years.
St. Pinnock Brass Band was originally formed as a Temperance Band for the village, in 1866, and was named ‘The St. Pinnock Band of Hope’.
After a few unsettled years, the band has been given a new lease of life by the arrival of several new members and the appointment of Colin Hudson as Musical Director. We were very privileged to be invited to perform in Simon Parker’s ‘Third Light’ play, staged at The Minack Theatre in 2018. The band claimed third place at the recent Second Section West of England Regional Championships in Torquay and achieved promotion to the First Section.
We have developed into a hard-working and friendly ensemble with the aim of re-establishing themselves as ‘a little different’ from your average Brass Band as our collaborative ‘Rock Meets Brass’ concerts to showcase.
Kidz R Us
Kidz R Us is an award-winning youth theatre company, dedicated to getting young people involved in the performing arts, to support their development and the wider community. Rave reviews and standing ovations are a bonus!
We work with around 100 children, teenagers and young adults a year, and since 1994 have produced more than 100 shows and won numerous awards. Watch out for our unmissable musicals during half-terms and holidays, and a traditional family panto at Christmas.
Our home is St Ives Theatre, in the heart of St Ives. There’s usually something going on here, even if it’s not one of our shows, so keep an eye on What’s On. Sir Tim Rice is our Patron and our Director, Phil Barnett, was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2012.
If your interested in becoming a member of Kidz R Us please contact us via our website or Facebook page.
Bodmin Youth Band
Bodmin Youth Band are a newly formed youth band based in North Cornwall. The band rehearse on Wednesday nights 6:30pm at Bodmin Band and Social Club.
We are looking for Trombone, Bass and Percussion players to complete the line up. We are freindly, social and hardworking and would welcome new members under the age of 19.
Penzance Musical Theatre Company
PMTC was formed in 1927. Our main shows are performed at Penwith college at Easter, and been very well attended. We also perform various concerts and sing-alongs throughout the year, which help to raise funds for local charities and causes.
Our members range from 16 years of age upwards. Not only are we full of talented singers, dancers and actors but we also have a great backstage and production team. Without all the help behind the scenes no show would go on and we are eternally grateful for everyone’s support. New faces are welcome, and we can always find something for them to do. Our next show in April 2021 is Anything goes.
Bodmin Town Band
Bodmin Town Bands has had a host of experienced conductors, including W D Lawton, John Berryman, Alan Jenkins, and more recently Leonard Adams, Howard Taylor and Nicholas Childs, led the Band to achieve remarkable results in competitions over the years, including regular appearances at the National Brass Band Championships at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the Pontin’s Finals and the Whit Friday Marches.
As well as being keen to travel across the Country to both contests and concerts, the Band has always recognised the need to support those closer to home. Numerous prizes over the years at the West of England Bandsmen’s Festival at Bugle, the Band has also held the title Cornish Champions on a number of occasions. However, these achievements are shadowed by the Band’s amazing record at the South West Brass Band Association Championships held each November, with over twenty victories!
St Austell Town Band
St Austell Town Band was founded in 1838 and is currently graded in the First Section nationally. This brass band is known for its quality performances on the concert and contest stage, it has a programme for every occasion and is a popular choice to entertain crowds at carnivals and “Last Night of the Proms” style concerts.
The organisation boasts a thriving youth and junior band and provides theory tuition, individual lessons, and instrument hire so is a great place for anyone to start learning a brass instrument.
The St Austell Brass Quintet is available for smaller venues and has a varied programme including Pop, Light Classical, Folk Music and Seasonal items.
If you are interested in joining or booking the band, please contact us via our website or Facebook page.
In late 2012 four men decided to get together and try to re-write what had already been written.
The result was ‘The Futons’. Trying to blend acoustic sounds with rock, pop and bluegrass.
Available for Parties, Weddings and Bar-Mitzvahs.
St Dennis Band
St Dennis Band is extremely proud of its heritage with early records traced to the mid 19th Century, believed to have been formed in 1838 as part of the festivities in connection with the Coronation of Queen Victoria it has continued to function by voluntary contributions up to the present time.
The Band has experienced highs and lows during its existence and following a decline in the mid 1990’s showed the determination that has always been present, concentrating their efforts on Youth which paid dividends, progressing from a group of young inexperienced players to the mature Band of the present day.
The Band has qualified for the National finals five times in the last decade rapidly moving up through the sections where they have now established themselves in the Championship Section.
St Blazey AOS
St Blazey AOS began in 1950. It’s had a nomadic history, moving from St Blazey to the Capitol Cinema. After many years and numerous awards, the society worked with St Austell AOS to create a mobile theatre which was constructed at Poltair School for 7 years. This “theatre” won a NODA Technical Excellence award it was moved to the Cornwall Coliseum. The society performed at St Austell Arts Centre for 5 years receiving the 2005 NODA prize for Stage Décor. Once the Keay Theatre was built the society found its current home.
Its 2012 production won CDA’s best pantomime award and Carole Gill was awarded Best Actress. CDA presented us with Best Pantomime in 2018 and we were delighted to win the NODA South West best pantomime in 2019. The Society currently has 104 members who work hard to produce professional quality shows. It is family friendly, both on and off stage, and always welcomes new members.
Sounds Musical Theatre Company
SMTC are an amateur musical theatre group based in Plymouth. We rehearse weekly in Oreston, Plymstock for one annual musical plus a musical revue. We perform at the wonderful Devonport Playhouse.
We are a welcoming, inclusive society. New members are always welcome.
Penzance Orchestral Society
Established in 1906, just a few miles from Lands End, we are an amateur symphony orchestra. We believe that we are the most southerly and the most westerly orchestra on the UK mainland!
We have two seasons a year, during which we hold ten weekly rehearsals before giving public concerts in March and November.
We are a close harmony singing trio from North Cornwall, who met 5 years ago and have been singing ever since. Together, we bring to the stage, a selection of well-loved songs from folk to modern & everything in between. Our love for each arrangement, helps give a unique Belles twist to each song. We blend three part acapella harmonies as well as singing with the ukulele and piano.
We have a positive performing style, bring fun and laughter to the stage and totally love to sing our hearts out. The Belles have performed at Rock Oyster Festival, Port Elliot, Cornwall Music Festival and many other stages in Cornwall.
Not the Beatles
‘Not The Beatles’ are a Beatles tribute band based in West Cornwall. We formed in 1998 after ‘John’ placed an advert in the local press, and – just like the originals – first Paul joined , then George joined, and then Ringo joined.
We play faithful reproductions of The Beatles’ most popular hits and LP tracks with authentic vintage instruments, fab costumes and dodgy accents.
And we play everything live!!
Hope to see you at a gig soon.
Peace and Love.
Threemilestone Amateur Dramatic Society
T.A.D.S Is a very small, local am dram group, and was founded in 1995 (Yes, this is our 25th anniversary year). A small group of locals, some thespians, some not, decided that Threemilestone needed a pantomime and so we were born! Since then we have performed panto every year, musical revues, and great plays in Threemilestone Community Centre.
Some of us also belong to larger groups and choirs, but we love performing for the local community on a smaller scale in the tradition of good old village groups too.
We are friendly and inclusive and we all muck in! We welcome new members anytime. We rehearse Friday evenings and Sunday mornings. Our shows have always had glowing critiques from NODA and this year we also joined the CDA as we look to move forward. We were hoping, and still are, to put on a spectacular anniversary show and party this year.
Carharrack & St Day Silver Band
The villages of Carharrack and St. Day lie six miles southwest of Truro. There has been a brass band connected with these two villages since 1912.
Initially brass players were predominately male, however, over the years this has changed and today Carharrack & St. Day Silver Band has 12 female players and 8 bandsmen. Practice takes place on Wednesday and Friday evenings under the direction of Roy Trelease, the 17th (and longest-standing) musical director of the band.
The villages lie at the heart of what was once a thriving mining industry, with some of the first practices taking place in the outbuildings of Ting Tang Mine. To this day remnants of this industry can still be seen in the abundance of mine buildings in the area.
The music that Carharrack & St. Day Silver Band play demonstrates the fun and light heartiness of this youthful group of musicians.