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date: 19 May 2019

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This article explores the musical culture of children in Cornwall. Children’s musical traditions are hybrid of Cornu-Celtic and Anglo-Cornish, with elements of continuity, discontinuity, decline, revival, and fusion over time. The study traces the origins of children’s musical cultures from the ancient and medieval literatures, to the cultural construction of mystery plays in medieval and Tudor [1485–1603] Cornwall, to the rise of Methodism in the late eighteenth century, to the folkloric collections of Robert Hunt and William Bottrell in nineteenth century. The discussion also covers the Cornwall Music Festival, established in 1910, which celebrates both adult and children’s musical culture; the national policy for Cornish music, and contemporary children's music projects.

Keywords: Cornwall, musical culture, musical activity, Cornish music, Cornwall Music Festival, Robert Hunt, William Bottrell, Methodism

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