Music in Camborne

Bands marching past Tyacks Hotel Camborne Photo courtesy of Jacquie Wilkes Photography
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Bands marching past Tyacks Hotel Camborne Photo courtesy of Jacquie Wilkes Photography

Camborne is rightfully proud of its music which is clearly shown in its brass band and male voice choir.

It is thought that Camborne Town Band started in 1841, a hotchpotch of instruments, mainly brass and woodwind with the odd string ‘thrown in’ for good measure.

The band has come a long way since those early days with performances at both national and international levels.

But what most band members will say is their proudest moment, more so even than playing in the Royal Albert Hall in London, is to lead a parade along the streets of Camborne town.

Alongside Camborne Town Band is Camborne Youth Band whose players are predominantly from the Camborne area and regularly booked to play at tea treats such as at Kehelland, Townshend and St Ives.

Holman Male Voice Choir, Camborne
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Holman Male Voice Choir, Camborne

The Holman-Climax Male Voice Choir was originally formed from employees of the Holmans engineering works and has raised thousands of pounds for many worthwhile charities.

One of the most well known Camborne songs is ‘Going up Camborne Hill’ a song about Richard Trevithick’s first steam locomotive, the Puffing Devil.

Going up Camborne Hill, coming down
Going up Camborne Hill, coming down
The horses stood still;
The wheels went around;
Going up Camborne Hill coming down

Every November there is a Music Festival held at the Wesleyan Centenary Church where amateurs of all ages and abilities, in groups, ensembles, choirs and as soloists compete for a place in the medals.