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Valerie Willcox

With sadness we report the death of Valerie Willcox of Probus. Having studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Valerie was well known in Cornwall where she taught piano for many years in local schools, sang in and conducted various ensembles and choirs, and was an active member of the Cornish Gorsedd, being made a Bard in 1990 with the Bardic name Ylewyth Trevorva (musician of Trevorva). Latterly she sang with the Cornwall Symphony Chorus and was a regular organist at Probus Parish Church.

Her association with the Cornwall Music Festival goes back many years having competed in it herself, entered some of her pupils, conducted various choirs who were participating and performing the role of official accompanist. She was an active member of the organising Committee for many years culminating in becoming the first female Chairman in 2000  - a position which she held for 10 years retiring after the Festival’s Centenary celebration. Although stepping aside as Chairman she continued as an active member of the organising Committee until her illness prevented her from doing so. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.

Cornwall Music Festival provides a platform for many talented amateur musicians and verse speakers of all ages and abilities. It gives the stimulus of preparing for a public occasion and an opportunity to listen and learn from the performances of others. As important is the constructive criticism, help and advice given by experienced adjudicators, which helps the competitors improve their respective skills.


The Festival is held in March each year, classes run from 9.30am to 9.30pm, with morning, afternoon and evening sessions. The Festival is run entirely on a voluntary basis and depends on the generous financial support of all our Friends, Subscribers and Donors.

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      STOP PRESS!!!      Festival 2021


We are very disappointed to have to announce that the Cornwall Music Festival due to run from March 15 -20th 2021 has been cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus epidemic. 

We apologise to all our supporters, both competitors and audiences,  but we know that you will understand.

We plan to return in March 2022 with a wonderful Festival with more classes and more opportunities to showcase the talent in Cornwall.

In the meantime, stay safe and keep working on those pieces!!