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Heartlands open – now for the Minack

Posted on: 23rd April 2012

We were at the Heartlands opening at the weekend, with Duchy Opera (Peter was singing in the chorus, and I was gallantly trying to hold onto the music for the accompanist as it threatened to blow away). Should be renamed Trewince (house of the winds!). We were all given little heart-shaped bookmarks (based on the new Heartlands logo) but sadly our promised heart-shaped Cornish pasties failed to materialise, having sold out completely the previous day. We saw the Bal Maidens dancing and heard the Falmouth Shout singing and generally enjoyed the ambiance of the opening event. We didn’t manage to spot the heart-shaped blimp in the sky – I hope it hasn’t blown away.

Minack flyer

Minack flyer

In two week’s time we shall be heading down to the Minack (the open-air theatre on the cliffs at Porthcurno, not far from Lands End).  Time for Baron Herzog to strut his stuff and open up a world of opera. Let’s hope the wind has dropped by then and the rain stays away. Now the Minack in a storm is an entirely different story!

Heartlands opens and Duchy Opera sings

Posted on: 12th April 2012

Duchy Opera is honoured to have been invited to sing at the launch of the prestigious new Heartlands attraction and World Heritage site. We shall be there on Sunday April 22nd at 11.30–12 & 1-1.30. Everyone is invited to this free event which lasts all weekend. Watch out for the specially commissioned 4m² heart-shaped blimp which will rise into the sky over the 19 acre site.

“Special guest, Newton Faulkner joins line-up for three-day opening celebrations at the UK’s first free cultural playground”

BRIT nominated, acoustic guitar virtuoso Newton Faulkner was today announced as the special guest of honour at the launch of Heartlands, the new free visitor attraction and World Heritage site in Cornwall, which will open to the public on Friday 20 April 2012.
The musician, who will be playing two concerts in nearby Falmouth on Sunday 22 and Monday 23 April, will perform a small live acoustic set on the Saturday afternoon as part of the three-day party to celebrate the opening of this inspirational new 19 acre site, which has been created to help regenerate one of the poorest areas of Cornwall.
As well as performing, Newton will also leave his mark on the Totem Circle within Heartlands, a new events space dedicated to buskers and new talent.  Twelve totems surround the circle; each with two sides left blank for performers to graffiti their initials.  On carving his initials, Newton will kick-start this ritual and begin the Totem Circle’s story.
Newton joins a large and eclectic line-up for the Heartlands Magic Myth and Mayhem Launch Party, which includes music performances from (amongst others) Dalla, John Dowling, The Viewers, Hedluv and Passman, and Duchy Opera; theatre from Rogue, Bish Bash Bosh and Squash Box; dance from The Big Dance Company, CScape and TR14ERs. The event will also include special lantern, flag making and dance workshops, storytelling, face painting, aerial performances, acrobatics, skateboarding, BMX, fire show and fireworks.
The weekend will begin with a Hearty Party Parade on Friday 20 April as over 800 schoolchildren, local community groups, businesses and colleges formally open the site.  Once open, a specially commissioned 4m² heart-shaped blimp will rise into the sky and fly over this, the former mining heart of Cornwall for the remainder of the weekend.
Vicky Martin, Chief Executive of Heartlands said:
“We are honoured that Newton was able to take time out of his busy tour schedule to pop in to see us at Heartlands and we can’t wait to see him perform.  Our three-day extravaganza brings together an eclectic and exciting mix of music, dance, theatre and spectacle and we are looking forward to opening Heartlands in style.”
Heartlands is based on former derelict mine land at Robinson’s Shaft in the village of Pool.  It is hoped the £35 million Cornwall Council-led development, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Cornwall Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and the European Union will support the regeneration of Pool, Redruth and Camborne – an area containing over 10% of the Cornish population which has struggled to recover from the closure of the tin and copper mines (and related industries).
• Heartlands became a reality in 2007 when it was awarded a £22.3 million grant by the Big Lottery Fund, the biggest grant BIG has ever given to a single project in England.  It was one of only three projects in the UK to receive the grant under BIG’s Living Landmarks scheme.

• The free attraction will be run as a social enterprise by the charity, the Heartlands Trust and includes:
o World Heritage Site state-of-the art exhibitions
o Restored Engine House with 80” Beam Engine (the last Cornish engine to work on a Cornish mine)
o Biggest Adventure Playground in Cornwall (themed on Cornish myth and history)
o Diaspora Botanical Gardens (each relating to a country that the Cornish have emigrated to)
o Red River Café and Bar
o Art and Craft studios
o Chi an Bobel (large community, conference and function hall)
o Totem Circle  (small amphitheatre for music, dance and theatre performances)
o Market Square
o Events Arena (for large scale outdoor festivals)
o Interactive art installations including graffiti-me totem poles and Red River paddling stream
o 19 one and two-bedroomed sustainable homes
o Biomass boiler, photo voltaics, rain-harvesting system and wind turbine
o Year-round programme of events
• Newton Faulkner first entered our world back in 2007, when his debut album Hand Built By Robots rocketed up the charts all the way to the number one spot. Since then, Newton has toured relentlessly around the world and 2009 saw the release of his second full-length album, Rebuilt By Humans. Currently Newton is working hard on material for the eagerly anticipated third album, due for release next year.  For more information, visit www.newtonfaulkner.com
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG)
• The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out half the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
• BIG is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since June 2004. The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
• Big Lottery Fund Public Enquiries Line: 08454 102030, Textphone: 08456 021 659. Full details of Big Lottery Fund projects and grant awards are available at: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
• Big Lottery Press Office: 020 7211 1888. Out of hours: 07867 500 572
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is the single, national housing and regeneration delivery agency for England.  Its vision is to create opportunity for people to live in homes they can afford in places they want to live, by enabling local authorities and communities to deliver the ambition they have for their own areas. This is achieved by:
• Understanding the needs and aspirations of people and communities through close working with local authorities on local investment planning
• Enabling local delivery through the channelling of expertise and investment
• Working effectively with the market, housebuilders, investors and other stakeholders

Cornish Tin at the London Olympics

Posted on: 16th March 2012

Tin mined and smelted in the county is being used to create the bronze medals for this summer’s Olympic Games in London.

The tin was mined at South Crofty 14 years ago and smelted at Wheal Jane, near Redruth.  It had been stored at Wheal Jane since the South Crofty mine closure in 1998 and was thought to be the only candidate to match the incredibly high levels of purity needed for medals that will grace the necks of the world’s finest athletes. This is a very emotional moment for Cornish miners since production of tin ceased in Cornwall some years ago. There are still hopes that the South Crofty Mine will reopen in the not-too-distant future. You can read all about it in The Western Morning News and see comments here.

 

Olympic status for ambitious play on tin mining

Posted on: 2nd February 2012
Tin set

Tin set

A large-scale theatre production that aims to combine the talents of professional actors, opera singers and local choirs for a celebration of Cornwall’s mining heritage has been given a prestigious award as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme.

Tin, a play based on the 19th novel by Edward Bosanketh, is being produced by Miracle Theatre and English National Opera, which have enlisted the talents of internationally acclaimed Cornish opera star Ben Luxon. The team putting together the ambitious show, which will be staged at five venues in Cornwall and Devon at Easter, were yesterday presented with an “Inspire” mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme.

Commissioned by the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and directed by Miracle’s Bill Scott, Tin revives the story of a Victorian banking swindle in the St Just mining area. Each of the five venues are enlisting the talents of specially-convened community choirs. Ben Luxon, who has Cornish mining ancestry, will be joining the acting cast, while schoolchildren and community groups from across Cornwall and West Devon will make up a “village chorus”.

Speaking from his home in America, Mr Luxon said: “It’s a very exciting project.  It’s important to celebrate our Cornish heritage and I’m looking forward to working on this. My great-grandfather worked in the mines so  it is deep in my own roots.”

As well as the theatre show, Bill Scott and his team plan to use innovative cinematic techniques to produce a film.

Western Morning News

Tin

Posted on: 27th January 2012

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Ben Luxon talking about TIN and Cornish Mining
via Cornish Mining World Heritage Site

Cornwall’s Miracle Theatre Presents TIN Mar/Apr Tour | Cornwalls Coolest
www.cornwallscoolest.co.uk
This exciting collaboration between Cornwall’s Miracle Theatre and English Touring Opera featuring Ben Luxon and local community choirs is a heady mix of epic theatre, multimedia magic and top notch singing!

Miracle Theatre Company is one of the South West’s foremost touring theatre companies with a reputation for producing entertaining, intelligent and funny theatre. For 32 years, they have been touring to the far flung corners of Cornwall popping up and performing their shows, mainly for one night only, in unexpected places. This March and April Miracle is ringing the changes with ‘Tin’,  a large scale collaboration with English Touring Opera (ETO), commissioned by the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.

Miracle Director Bill Scott says: “Tin is the most ambitious Miracle show to date and has had the longest gestation. It was 15 years ago that I saw a photo taken in 1911 of three actors posing outdoors, dressed for their parts in Beethoven’s opera, Fidelio. It could have been Miracle Theatre a hundred years ago! These characters invaded another story that I was writing, based on a Victorian novel, Tin, which was about a real-life share swindle at a Cornish tin mine.

In my story a travelling troupe of opera singers arrive in a town (St Just in Penwith in all but name) to give a performance of Fidelio and find themselves, embroiled in a local banking fraud. Although the story is partly about the collision between the two very different worlds of tin mining and travelling theatre, at its heart ‘Tin’ is a love story.”

More World Heritage

Posted on: 23rd January 2012
Cornish Mining World Heritage

Cornish Mining World Heritage

It was good to welcome Sylvia from the Cornish Mining World Heritage project to Trewince. Until we met Sylvia and spent a few days with the “Discover the Extraordinary” familiarisation project we had no idea that tin mining in Cornwall is now a World Heritage Site (as is the Taj Mahal!). An enormous amount of money has been ploughed into restoration and development work and all this has resulted in some amazing tourist attractions, some of which have free entrance. A Mines Tour would be a good reason alone for a visit to Cornwall. Having seen what is there we are keen to ‘tell the world’. Have a look at their website – it’s a MINE of information 😉

The spread of Cornish mining around the globe: South Africa without rugby? Football without the famous Mexican wave? That’s how things would be if it wasn’t for Cornish mining.

Heartlands

Heartlands

Heartlands is a £35million project that will transform 19 acres of mine land in to a unique cultural space for the community and visitors alike to play, live, work and learn. It is due to open in March and we are hoping to be there. In Spring it will be one of five venues for a community performance of “Tin”, a production created in collaboration with English Touring Opera and commissioned by the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.

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Digging Deeper: An Introduction to the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site

http://www.cornish-mining.org.uk/sites/default/files/MC08_sample_mag.pdf My Cornwall Magazine – The Cornish Mining Issue

Cornwall Record Office

Posted on: 23rd January 2012

I had a tour of this archive recently and this is also where I did some of my research about Trewince history a few years ago. It is so special to actually handle some of these old documents, often written in Latin.

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In this clip, David Thomas gives a brief ‘guided tour’ of the vaults at Cornwall Records Office. David knows every inch of this treasure trove of Cornish documents, letters, maps etc. and will track down archive material relevant to real-life characters and society portrayed in Edward Bosanketh’s 1888 novel ‘Tin’. Clip is courtesy of Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.

Cornish Mining World Heritage Site

Posted on: 23rd January 2012

In November Peter & Liz were invited by “Discover the Extraordinary” to visit many of the Cornish mining sites to see for themselves why these unspoilt mining landscapes throughout Cornwall have been given World Heritage status. In 2006 selected mining landscapes across Cornwall and west Devon were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, placing Cornish mining heritage on a par with international treasures like Machu Pichu, the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.

The great flat Lode.

The great flat Lode (photo by Ingrid King)

The largest World Heritage Site in the UK, with over 20,000 hectares spread across Cornwall and west Devon, it offers myriad experiences to explore our world-changing mining culture. The Site contains over 200 iconic Cornish engine houses (the largest concentration of such monuments anywhere in the world). But Cornish mining is about far more than mine sites – the mining industry impacted on all aspects of life. Many of our towns and villages were either transformed by a growing industrial population or newly built to house them. They reveal their history in the rows of distinctive terraced cottages, shops, chapels and substantial public buildings. Today you’ll find plenty of great cafés, pubs, restaurants, art galleries and museums.

Begin your journey to the soul of Cornwall via the ten unique, diverse areas that form the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.