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European Union Chamber Orchestra


The European Union Chamber Orchestra is coming to the Hall for Cornwall.

We welcome back the EUCO with ever popular trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins and star soprano Elin Manahan Thomas to sing a new cantata in Cornish and Welsh alongside Mozart’s vivid Exsultate Jubilate, celebrated arias by Handel and Haydn’s vivacious symphony for Maria Theresa of Austria.

STRAWBERRIES is a song-cycle in Cornish and Welsh; music by PWYLL AP SIÔN, lyrics by TWM MORYS. The title comes from a traditional Cornish song which says that strawberry leaves make girls pretty.

It’s a love story between a boy and a girl, but also between two countries, drawing on traditions and sayings, and on a legend common to both about the land (language, history, everything) which disappeared under the sea: Lethesow (Lyonnesse) in Cornwall, and Cantre’r Gwaelod (‘The Bottom Hundred’) in Wales.

Lethesow, the land between Scilly and Land’s End, was engulfed around 2500 B.C. And so was Cantre’r Gwaelod. But at very low tide in both countries, one can see the stumps of oaks in old petrified forests.

For the old Cornish woman the story is a memory. She tells it to her cat, because there is no-one who understands. In Welsh, it’s in the present. But the conclusion is that the story is everlasting, and that we can regain what was lost in the flood.

Programme to include:

GRIEG – Holberg Suite
MOZART – Motet Exsultate Jubilate
HANDEL – Let the bright seraphim
PWYLL AP SION – Un Llais “One voice” a Cornish & Welsh Cantata
HAYDN – Symphony No.48 “Maria Theresa”


£20.50 to £26.50 (concessions available)

Buy 5 shows for £107
Buy 6 Shows for £123

Under 26? 100 tickets for each performance at £10.50

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A £1 Theatre Fund payment will be added to each ticket
A £1.50 Handling Fee will be added to each transaction