St Piran’s new Cornish Lullaby

The winning entries to the 2015 St Piran’s Lullaby Competition have been announced by the panel of judges comprising Leslie Bunt, Professor of Music Therapy at the University of the West of England; Sam Parker, Head of Music at Helston College; Mark Pugh, editor of MyCornwall magazine and local mother Emma Collins.

The winners are: Iris Boulton, 14, of Madron (11-18 category) with ‘Lullaby’; and Class One of Otterham School (up to 11 category) with ‘The Lullaby of St Piran’.

Iris Boulton Otterham

Iris Boulton is a player in Penzance Youth String Orchestra, members of which took part in the recording together with 16-year-old soprano Kerenza Hurr. Judges thought that her lullaby was a mature composition with soothing but earthy text which effectively conjured the essence of St Piran.

The entry of Class One, Otterham School charmed the judges considerably, who noted that the unified voices of the youngsters would warm the heart of any restless Cornish man, woman, or child.The winning entries are to be professionally recorded by Kernow Music Foundation CIC at The Venue, Redruth.

The competition for children and young people living in Cornwall to find a new Cornish lullaby was launched by St Piran’s Festival Redruth together with the Cornwall Music Therapy Trust. The winning entries are to be broadcast on local radio on St Piran’s Day 5 March 2015 and will receive a live world premiere performance at the St Piran’s Day Festival in Redruth on Saturday 7 March.